Tips for successful rehab following box-rest

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Accute injury or illness can call for a period of enforced box-rest. But how can you ensure a successful rehabilitation once your horse is allowed out of its stable?

  • Accept that rehabilitation can be a bigger challenge than box-rest. Patience and attention to detail are key.
  • Fencing off a tiny area outside the stable can provide a gradual start.
  • Work with your vet to devise a programme to suit your horse, dependent on the type and severity of the injury or condition.
  • Expect some explosions and consider a tranquiliser such as ACP gel to take the edge off your horse’s energy. Ask your vet first.
  • Wear a riding hat and gloves and use a bridle or chifney when leading him out for the first time. Use an enclosed area for the first few outings.
  • Proceed according to your horse’s temperament – he may walk more sensibly in long-reins than in-hand or on the lunge.To read the full veterinary article on box-rest see the current issue of H&H (2 February 2012)

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Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk