Back to Blogging? Well, Maybe. Maybe Not.I only say that because I often have very good intentions about writing these wonderful, insightful blog posts that rarely come to fruition. But often I, when I'm struggling or unsure of something, I return here to write about it and that helps me work it through.
Jessie has had a trying year. After the colic last August, she had a lameness issue in February. I gave her March and April off and she was still lame in her front left. I took her to a "lameness specialist" and ultrasounds and x-rays revealed nothing definitive. We were instructed to give her another 60 days off then re-check.
Now, I'm not sure what the doctor was going to re-check. He hadn't found anything on the first go. I gave her stall rest and massage the tendon that was suspected. I wrapped and applied liniment and gave her and anti-inflammatory.
After two months off, instead of going for the re-check, I took her to an Equine Spa that specializes in conditioning horses. They have an underwater treadmill, an Equi-Vibe machine, and a hot walker. They also have a very caring staff and I knew Jessie would get excellent care.
She started out with just 3 minutes on the treadmill, a few on the hot walker, and then finished on the Equi-Vibe. Each day they increased the treadmill by a minute. I don't know the exact details of the progression, but by the end of the month she was doing some strenuous work in the treadmill.
|Getting her work in on the hot walker.|
|Going home day. Love the braids.|