The road of rehabilitation can be a bumpy one!
We have already hit problem number 1 on the rehab journey roller-coaster! Athos was due to come home at the end of March, then I got a message that he had been ?Kicked and had another Haematoma, this time on the right hind. I therefore decided to get him home a week earlier than planned so I could at least start treating it.
Cue a week of stress and all things pointing to Athos deciding not to load on pick up day, just to top it off! So, we prepped with snacks and coffee for the long haul ……… and he walked straight on, the best he’s ever loaded in his life! Haha, that’s horses for you!
He has had a full MOT from the vet, his teeth rasped and his vaccinations brought forward a couple of months (due to the Equine flu outbreak and moving yards). The vet’s thoughts – his main issue is his weight! The haematoma, although a mess, will reduce, but hopefully I can speed that up a little.
During this first week of him being home I have started his rehabilitation gently, as I have also had some surgery in the last week(!), with:
He has also been clipped and bathed and is starting to look a little smarter than the swamp monster I picked up!
So, already, the plan has changed with this new Haematoma to contend with – and this is ok (although very disappointing), and is often the case with any rehabilitation plan! It may be a little longer before we are in a position where we can start ridden work, but the groundwork is all “money in the bank” and will help him prepare for taking a saddle and rider after a lengthy period off!
The plan for the next couple of weeks:
The Journey continues!
Becky & Athos