Back From Injury

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  • ShaeStuart Original Poster ShaeStuart
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    I own a QH/TB who is almost back from a bruised suspensory. He has been off for around 4ish months. I had been walking him under tack until the beginning of august until I broke my hand falling off my friends horse. He hasn’t had a rider on his back for close to 2 months. I have been grooming him so he still has had people around him, and he goes outside (no running) every morning. When I’m back from my injury, does anyone have any tips for me to keep him in control? He’s a 7 year old who is usually pretty mellow, but he was off a while back with an abscess for 2 weeks and came back a spooky-ish mess who trotted away after I mounted. Lunging isn’t really an option because I won’t be doing much trotting if any at all by the time I get back on him. He still has one more part of his treatment. Should I hand walk him with a chain? Just so he knows he needs to stay in line? I need help! (:

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    Correct me if I’m wrong, but it just sounds like that your horse is hot from not having been worked in quite a long time due to an injury. He needs to get that energy out in a productive way. But that energy is coming from his diet. It appears you should have adjusted and changed his diet accordingly early. If he’s on a sweet feed, (or a feed with high sugar) he would basically be a toddler pumped full of sugar but unable to scream n’ shout n’ let it all out! I don’t think he’s being bad for the sake of being bad, just ancy and bored of being hurt. You could always lunge him at the walk, or use a chain as you see fit. Good luck!

    Leslie Leslie
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    I agree about him being hot just because he hasn’t been worked in a long time.

    Is there any way he can get turned out longer? This would be the safest way (for both of you) to help calm him down and burn off some excess energy before starting back. Being out even if just walking around, not running, and having social time with other horses does a lot for their minds.

    I would advise against lunging because small circles put extra stress on the legs, which is not a good thing for a horse coming back from a tendon injury. If he is well behaved enough on the ground to not be yanking at your bad hand (chain over the nose is a good idea) then hand walking will help for sure. If you can, walk him where you’ll be riding him.

    When you get on, if he’s been pretty good on the lead rope, it might be a good idea to have someone walk beside him at his head or even lead him for the first couple times.

    You can also talk to your vet about giving him a mild sedative the first few times you get on. If he’s good, lower the dose the next time, if he’s still good, lower it again til he doesn’t need it. Not everyone is keen on the idea of sedating their horse but honestly sometimes it is the safest way to rehabilitate a hot horse. You don’t want him bouncing around on that leg and risk straining it or re-injuring it. - handmade custom wood-burned brushes, stall signs, & portraits, etched glasses, and custom stuffed ponies

    ShaeStuart Original Poster ShaeStuart
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    Thanks for the help! I have been walking him around in the indoor at my barn where he’s been a little fresh but is getting used to the surroundings again. Before I broke my hand, he had been getting really good at standing at the mounting block, which he wasn’t used to, but sometimes (especially on his fresher days) when someone would hold him, he would get really tense and flip his head or trot off when I swung over. I think I should just continue to walk him on the ground and try getting on him when it’s time. I think I will be okay with out a sedative and he would be more tense if someone walked him. Maybe I will put my saddle on him and walk him next time. Thanks!

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    What are you feeding? I was talking with a friend and he mentioned a horse bucking after 2 weeks off, he added that the gal had continued to feed her riding every couple days hot feed. So you may want to look at what you are feeding. As a note, I had one mare, talked to a friend “this mare gets hot if not worked every few days, grass hay and a handful of grain so she will eat her supplement.” Her response was well you feed such and such all around daily supplement, try a different one, sure enough that was it.

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    A low carb diet will help alot. have you thought about a calming supplement when you first start to get back on. Smartcalm actually works pretty well. I use it when first getting going in the Spring so I don’t have to “lunge down”. Lunge work will just put more stress on the suspensory. My mare pulled a suspensory and smart tendon was really helpful

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