Bringing my horse back in to work

Jul 15, 2005
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My horse has been off work this past year and had some IRAP therapy in January. The problem was initially in her front feet - she's been sound on the front since April, but then developed a slight mystery hind leg lameness.

That's no longer a problem and she has been given the all clear by the vet to return to work. :skip:

She had a month's box rest during her IRAP treatment, but the rest of the time she has been turned out and so hasn't had prolonged rest. She's a little bit overweight, but no different to how she was really when I bought her 3 years ago (she'd done no work for a few years due to lack of rider).

I have my own transport now, so thought I would do a couple of walk/trot tests with her locally to start getting her out and about again (we used to do quite a bit of dressage before she went lame).

There's also a pleasure ride I'd like to do at the end of August - only 3 miles long - which is probably shorter than most of our hacks to be honest.

So I'd just like to hear your tips for bringing her back in to work. I know I've done it before with her, but I'm always interested to hear how others have tackled it. :wink:
 

eventerbabe

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When i was bringing bonnie back into work we did lots of walks inhand first before riding. We did carrot stretches and belly lifts daily to start strengthening her back muscles. The walking got her fitness up. Once my mum was back riding her we did months of walking, increasing the length of the hacks. Once she was trotting on hacks i let mum start doing some school work with her. Bonnie had been off for longer (18 months) however even when bringing my current boys back into work after winter i still spend a good 6 weeks walking out on hacks to build them back up again.
 
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