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Rehabilitation care

         
 
 
Rehabilitation care
 
We get great satisfaction from bringing a horse back into full health after an accident/injury/operation. Each horse is given individual attention and time, to assess and develop a programme of rehabilitation to make them more comfortable. Using our team of vets, farrier and physio the horse has the best environment to recover to its' full potential. Each stage is discussed fully with the owner and a detailed progress report given weekly.
 
Facilities and Services include:
  • Activo-Med Electromagnetic Rug available for hire/integration into rehabilitation programme 
  • Professional service
  • Large airy stables with windows and rubber matting
  • Wash box and horse handling barn with power
  • 6-horse Claydon horse walker with rubber brick flooring
  • Individual turnout paddocks of various sizes with excellent quality grass
  • Two arenas with excellent surfaces (indoor and outdoor)
  • Plastic blocks and poles
  • Set aside turf track
  • Magnet therapy
  • Massage pad
  • Excellent team communication between the yard, owner, vet, farrier and physio
  • Careful medical attention, carried out in line with vets' instruction, including: wound care, cold/hot therapy, bandaging, stable padding and preparation etc
  • Rehab programme could include massage, stretching, in hand familiarisation, lunging, long reigning, sessions on the walker, raised pole work, ridden walk work on the flat and up hills, lateral work, all working towards getting the horse back to full fitness
  • Appropriate feeding plans for weight gain/loss - excellent results with thoroughbreds
  • Particular successes with thoroughbreds and older horses
  • Small yard with a limited number of horses

Case Studies

Blaze - Fractured radius on near foreleg

13 year old lightweight thoroughbred suffered hairline fracture from kick by another horse. Vet recommended box rest and minimal movement for best chance of recovery. The horse was a box walker and unsettled in a stable as a norm and always struggled to keep weight on - he also ate very little forage whilst being stabled, so the nutritional intake had to be carefully monitored. A sedative could not be administered due to needing to maximise feed intake. To try and maintain a more settled atmosphere, a companion horse was always available in the yard and stable toys and a salt lick were made available. Tubs of freeze dried grass were fed in the stable to supplement the poor forage intake and a low calorie feed and full spectrum supplement added. A calcium supplement was also sourced to maximise repair of the bone. Both limbs were bandaged for support and the affected limb had magnets applied as close to the site of injury as possible to increase the healing process.
 
Once given the ok from the vet, began short walk periods in hand, followed by short spells of turnout in a small field. This developed into longer sessions of long reigning and hacks, slowly increasing the work load, with raised poles introduced once the core strength was regained.
 
The horse made a complete recovery and went on to compete in one day events and medium level dressage.

Blaze - Suspensary ligament damage on off foreleg

This time Blaze managed to do something on the other foreleg! He felt a bit reluctant to lift in front when schooling and had reduced impulsion in the usual movements. Although not obviously lame to the eye, the changes could be felt whilst being ridden. After two lameness tests, nerve blocking the suspensary finally gave the answer to the investigation.
 
As the damage had been quickly noticed, it was recommended that the horse continued in the usual turnout routine and a reduced 5-day work schedule in straight lines. A programme of work was planned to include walk work for the first month, increasing this slowly to introducing short trot spells, raised poles moving onto shallow lateral movements and then more intense work. The horse received ultrasound treatment to the site of damage, back massage treatment to try and maintain the muscle structure with reduced workload and the foreleg was bandaged with magnets to aid the healing process. The Equitop myoplast supplement was fed when the horse was back in more regular work to help build the muscle back up and Saracen show improver cubes to help boost condition.
 
Blaze has recovered completely and is competing at medium level dressage but careful consideration is given to the type of ground he is worked on and jumping is now just for fun, to maintain his soundness. He is also on a daily dose of cosequin joint supplement and regularly gets assessed and treated by our physio to gain confidence with weight bearing and proprioception on the affected limb. Our farrier has assessed the best way to shoe him to help with weight distribution for his confirmation and past injury history and shoes him slightly longer behind.

Monty - Lightly handled yearling with an abcess in the foot

As a newly arrived yearling, Monty went lame on the second day at the yard and was feeling very worried about his sore leg. With no obvious signs of cuts or sprains, the vet was called. Although Monty had been handled, he was still very insecure and wary, so great patience and rapid trust building was required! After a thorough examination, the vet diagnosed puss in the foot - not too much trouble with a well handled horse, but a timid yearling is a different matter.
 
With quiet and careful handling with someone on hand to assist with keeping him steady, Monty had his hoof poulticed everyday without being traumatised and without further injury to horse or human! A waterproof covering enabled him to be turned out and keep his routine, to reduce any further stress.
 
Monty is now a very opinionated, free moving four year old in full work, ready to start his competitive career.

Prelude - Coming back into work - stiffness and irregular canter

Prelude arrived at the yard having just had a year off work due to injury and was ready to come back into regular work again. As a 21 year old chestnut mare, a careful work programme had to be developed and agreed with the owner. Her daily routine and feeding was also assessed to maximise her comfort and mobility. A structured weekly programme of turnout, lunging, hacking up hills and schooling long and low has kept her in excellent form and she looks incredibly well for her age.
 
Her flexibility and quality of the canter has improved dramatically and she is still successfully competing at elementary level dressage with the odd bit of jumping for fun at home. Our farrier has changed the way she is shod to fully support her more evenly and to keep her hooves balanced.
 
Amber - unbroken filly - very poor condition and insecure
 
With rain scold, an open wound on her flank, mud feaver and being so underweight her sacroiliac joint was painfully visible, Amber needed a bit of tlc and understanding. With a worm dose to start, Amber was turned out to start to improve condition. She was given a pre-biotic supplement to help normalise the gut and kick start condition and also fed equitop myoplast. Her wounds were treated with care and the mud fever gradually reduced. She was fed forage only for a few weeks with hard feed introduced gradually as her workload increased.
 
Her exercise programme began with lots of in hand familiarisation and moved onto lunging and long lining. Pole work was introduced very slowly and she quickly progressed into working in tack. Once stronger, she was backed and slowly ridden on.
 
Time is the main requirement and she was not pressurised in her work, which has helped to build trust in the handler/rider and increased her security. The back massage pad is regularly applied to help her warm up for exercise. Any physical niggles are quickly assessed and treated by our physio with stretches and proprioception exercises.
 
Amber now keeps her weight very well and has established a trusting relationship with humans and the world around her. Her muscle tone has developed amazingly and she is developing into a very special horse.
 
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