Many horses and ponies suffer injuries to their muscles, joints and ligaments, which tend to be poorly diagnosed, yet eventually prove to be incapacitating. The animals are taken out of work for months, then brought back into work hoping that time has cured them, and later sold on as less than sound, retired, or sent to the great pasture in the sky.
The process of rehabilitation has to be a series of logical steps. You have to know which procedures to implement, and roughly how long it will take for the horse to respond. You have to be able to measure your expectations, know the pitfalls of each therapy available, and take charge of your emotions. Everybody can achieve an improvement if their horse or pony has suffered an injury, or needs help to recover from surgery, if they have a better understanding of what they are trying to achieve.
Practical Steps in Rehabilitating your Horse provides an in-depth look at the causes and effects of lameness, how compensatory mechanisms can get in the way of diagnosis, how to find the root of the problem and what to do about it. Veterinary surgeon, Sara Wyche, looks at the therapies available, the importance of peripherals on rehabilitation and the practical steps you can take to ensure that the rehabilitation of your horse is successful.