Hello everyone. I've got an 11-year old Paso Fino mare, 14hh, who has finally finished her last surgical procedure. History:
Surgery, you ask? On July of 2012, she got kicked in pasture by another horse and fractured the shoulder/elbow area of her right foreleg. All was going well until a parasite took root in her leg a year later and we had to have the plate removed.
Now here's the good news!!! She's just been released from stall rest for the first time in forever. She's quite happily placed in a smaller paddock with access to a larger pasture, but with fewer and smaller, more mild tempered horses that are less inclined to start fights. Current:
The vet has released her and said that her leg and bone are in perfect condition.
However, she has still retained some soreness and/or limping. Her limp is visible before and after I work her. It's a small one, and you can only really see it by the bob of her head and about a quarter of a second's hesitation when switching legs. This limp gets more visible when she walks on concrete or rocky ground, but her stride is almost perfect when she's on grass.
I have been lunging her but have decided to switch tactics to fast hand walking due to some awesome advice. I have not begun riding again and it is important to note that she has not been ridden for approximately two years.
Also, I am considering giving her front shoes. She's never been shoed before, but considering his past medical history and the fact that her limp worsens on rocky ground I feel that it may be in her best interests. Questions:
~What should I do to help her rebuild strength and general physical rehabilitation?
~Should I consider shoeing her? She currently does not have, nor has ever had, shoes.
~Please feel free to add any other information that may be beneficial to her recovery.
Thank you everyone.