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Re: [RC] Future prospects for bowed tendon/pulled suspensory? - Lucy Chaplin Trumbull

Thanks everyone for your kind posts. I'll try and reply
privately when I get a chance, but in the meantime I'm
heartened by so many success stories and feeling somewhat
less bleak.

I just have to take it slow and load 'em up so gradually
no-one notices, particularly those tendons.

Some stuff I wanted to mention - both horses were
diagnosed and will be regularly inspected by a
reputable ultrasound specialist vet. She didn't just say
"confine to stall and don't touch". Each horse is on a
small turnout area (i.e. bigger than a stall, but not big
enough to really get up some speed in) right next to each
other and our third horse (who's the only one who gets to
run around). They can happily bite each other over the
fence if they have to <g>.

Coincidentally, both horses are at the same point in their
rehab schedules. We've done the hand-walking every night
in the dark for endless weeks and are now (in the daylight,
thanks to spring's arrival) riding at a walk for 35 mins,
4 times a week, adding an extra 5 mins every couple of
weeks. After a month or so of that, I'm allowed to start
trotting Provo for 5 mins in each session, upping that
amount by 5 mins every couple of weeks, with a recheck
in 8 weeks. Mouse (with the extra spice of having the
suspensory injury) still has to be rechecked before we're
allowed to progress to the trotting stage with her.

My biggest problem is that there are limited flat areas
where I live (read "none"), so once we start trotting,
we're also going to get into hills, so we'll have to
take them carefully when we get there, and work the
trotting part around them. None of the rehab schedules
I've read mention unavoidable hills, so I have to figure
out how to include them in the least invasive way

Thanks again!

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Lucy Chaplin Trumbull
elsie AT foothill DOT net
Repotted english person in Sierra Foothills, California
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