updated: 2022-02-09 11:45:43
When a horse has sustained an injury or undergone surgery the resulting pain causes them to move in an unbalanced way to compensate.
In a large percentage of recovery programs it is traditional to turn the horse away post injury to give them time to recover,
however how many of us keep a close eye on the way they move during their time off?
The irregular movement pattern that the horse develops due to the compensation explained above has the potential to become established (more of a habit), therefore leading to an uneven gait and muscle development, with the potential of it being maintained when fully recovered. Some of these irregularities can be very small but over time lead to larger more obvious problems, so correcting them early or preventing them in the first place is crucial.
The use of manual therapies, such as massage, stretches, strengthening and core routines, alongside the application of biomechanics, exercise physiology and mobilisation techniques can help your horse return to full athletic function and performance. It can speed up the recovery, when compared to field or box rest alone, reduce the likelihood of the injury reoccurring, and has the potential to return your horse to a more stable and stronger physical position than before the injury/surgery.
Working together with Vets, Farriers and other professionals ensures that all aspects of treatment can be covered, as well as enabling the close monitoring of the horses reaction to treatment and overall recovery.
Rehabilitation is a slow and potentially arduous process, but is definitely one where working as a team gives the best long-lasting results for your horse.