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Sorry for being a bit quiet the past week, but I have been fighting off a virus and been struggling to do anything! However, I did manage to find the strength to get back on Scottie to start his slow introduction to work!
Dope on a Rope
Despite having not been in regular work since September and not done any work since before Christmas, Scottie was an absolute superstar! He stood quietly by the mounting block for me and waited for me before walking off.
Our ride was incredibly uneventful with us starting our rehab with a 20 minute wander around the school on a long rein in both directions. But I am super pleased with him. How many horses can have that much time off and come back and be that relaxed and safe?
I am waiting to hear back from my vet about what our exact plan will be. But the rough plan I have in place right now is:
- 20-30 mins of walk for 2 weeks
- 4 weeks of trot, starting at 5 mins building to 20 mins.
- 4 weeks of canter, starting with just a few laps building to 15-20 mins.
This plan should bring us to the beginning of May where I think we should be able to start thinking about small jumps again. But we will need to play this all by ear to see how well his injury has healed.