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Mitchy1nge · 28/01/2013 00:34

would you ride a strong horse that has been cooped up 24/7 for a few weeks with a sprained wrist?

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fortyplus · 28/01/2013 00:49

I wouldn't keep a horse cooped up 24/7 for a few weeks unless there was a veterinary need - in which case it should hen be turned out for a while before being ridden

Mitchy1nge · 28/01/2013 00:57

how long is 'a while' do you think? A few days? A week? He's definitely sound, was just planning a Back Into Work programme when I remembered that only one of my hands is working properly Hmm

I like the 'veterinary need' comment though, as if I might have imprisoned him for my own sadistic amusement!

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fortyplus · 28/01/2013 01:04

So why was he in? Do you mean he was shut in a box? If not on box rest he should be turned out every day. It's difficult to give proper advice without knowing the circumstances. Also every horse will react differently. I know some that are loopy after a few days without being ridden, whereas I once had a mare who behaved pretty much the same whether she was in. out, ridden or not.

Have you got an arena you can use? I'd probably take him in there just for about 20 mins to start with - and have someone with you to make sure everything goes ok

Mitchy1nge · 28/01/2013 01:14

oh he was on box rest, hoof abscesses, he lives out all year round so it's extra horrible for him

I didn't even think about riding in the school! Blush That's a good idea! He won't be loopy as such, just strong and wanting to be a gear or two higher than planned.

Bet ours is flooded though.

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Callisto · 28/01/2013 08:24

I would always lunge first in this situation.

DolomitesDonkey · 28/01/2013 08:35

Yes, I'd just bridge the reins and ride one-handed.

The smokers amongst you will know what I'm talking about. Wink

frostyfingers · 28/01/2013 11:02

Can you just turn him out in the school for a while first? Then he would hopefully get the worst of his bucking and squealing done.......

My dhorse is in for the time being with bad mud fever - vet visit no 4 just done - and I'm walking him out for 40 minutes plus a pick of grass but am dreading getting on and riding for the first time. I'm currently searching for someone with a walker that I can get him on for a bit - he's not lame but absolutely must have his leg kept clean and dry. It's an absolute nightmare on our yard as we are surrounded by mud.

Mitchy1nge · 28/01/2013 13:39

yes my ability to bridge reins with one hand, roll a cigarette in other and let horse go like the clappers gave me an advantage on the racehorse simulator recently, although it was weird to gallop in a straight line for so l

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Mitchy1nge · 28/01/2013 13:40


have already forgotten what I was going to say

probably should let sharer do the riding until am more able bodied anyway

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N0tinmylife · 28/01/2013 20:41

I don't think I'd do it, but then I am the worlds worst wimp!

fortyplus · 29/01/2013 00:18

If he hasn't been ridden for a while then please make sure he hasn't been having his usual hard food while he's been kept in - otherwise he may be at risk of Azoturia

Mitchy1nge · 29/01/2013 00:34

I don't feed at all really, only a handful of nuts and chaff 1x daily to deliver the danilon and cortaflex (and equivite and fairy dust etc) - ever since we moved they seem to get fat on fresh air. But I mustn't start worrying about laminitis before I go to sleep!

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dappleton · 29/01/2013 09:04

i'd turn him out first, let him have a gallop about then ride as usual (but with one hand) unless you know he's going to go off like fireworks, in which case i'd find someone with 2 working hands to help!

50BalesOfHay · 29/01/2013 14:05

Yep to turn out first, let him get a bit out of his system, then adopt fag rolling rein management system.

Mitchy1nge · 29/01/2013 20:43

after all this it will probably be a complete nonevent, which would be nice

I think it might actually be light enough to hack after school, was starting to think we would Never Ride Again

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Fredstheteds · 29/01/2013 20:58

Why not turn out with poltice boot on? Give your wrist a day or two to heal and horse time for some exercise...

Mitchy1nge · 29/01/2013 21:04

I could have if we hadn't had six months of rain, in the summer it was ok (he is prone to them) but it is actual soup! Really horrible. Can't imagine anything staying on. Which reminds me . . . Shoes, again.

But not poulticing now, everything has come right again, he's out during the day so is just up to me.

God forbid I should ever have anything serious to cope with where the horses are concerned though, am disintegrating after a few abscesses.

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DolomitesDonkey · 30/01/2013 17:56

If your fields are "clean" mud - i.e., you poo pick often, then the natural bacteria in the soil will help fight the infection of the abscess so let him run.

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