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post #1 of 4 Old 01-02-2008, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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What should I do?

Hi Everyone,

:) I've been a little unsure which area to put this in, but I think it would be best suited to here, as it is going to effect her health soon.
For those of you who dont know, Petra is a 16hh Irish Sports Horse who has had the past 5 months off due to damaging her high suspensory ligaments in both her forelegs. She has undergone shockwave treatment, and is allowed out to play and for the past 6 weeks I've been able to start riding her, but only in walk, but it has to be a working walk. Apparently the exercise helps her white blood cells circulate, thus helping the healing process. Or so my Vet says.
Anyway, we've been doing this fine, however now she has such a thick winter coat, she becomes sweaty after about 10 mins. My dilemma is, do you think this justify's me clipping her?
She becomes that sweaty, it takes absolutely ages before she dries off, and its cold over here at the moment, so she's dropping condition.
I just cant decide what to do for the best. I was thinking of, maybe giving her a low trace clip (belly, chest and along jugular groove) as that seems to be the problem areas?
Any help or advice as the way forward with this will be much appreciated.

Thanks, Carol.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-02-2008, 05:03 PM
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The low trace works wonders. They do it on some of the especially furry lesson horses at our barn and it makes a huge difference....also a great activity for the abundant numbers of pony clubbers we have:P
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-08-2008, 04:19 AM
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Yes, i think clip her then rug her when she's not being ridden.
It'll help her dry/cool faster and it won't hurt her if she's rugged at other times.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-08-2008, 03:26 PM
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Thats an interesting problem.

My friend used to have a 2 year old in training at the Heckaman's in Texas. He damaged two of his legs and the vet was so frustrated. It turned out that one leg needed exercise to heal properly and the other leg needed rest.
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