The Rehab Story Of “Lil P” AKA Cool
Cool is a 14-year-old TB gelding. You can see his pedigree below, and that he had 32 racing starts.
His job in life up until about a year ago was a pleasure horse and a lesson horse. My more experienced students loved riding him.
Just about a year ago, Cool fell down in the field and fractured his hip. Well, it was presumed it was fractured. That part of a horse’s body is hard to x-ray, so the injury was just diagnosed by the vet evaluating his symptoms and the severity of them.
Cool spent an extended period of time on stall rest. There was a point in time that I don’t think many of us thought he was going to make it. He was obviously in terrible pain. He turned a corner though and graduated to turn out in the field with the other horses.
Finally, he is well enough to start to rehabilitate and get going under saddle again.
Day 1 Goal
Our hope for day 1 was just to groom him and have him lunge quietly.
Which I would say we achieved. Considering how long it has been since he has last been exercised he did surprisingly well. We just wanted him to walk and trot quietly on the lunge line. Which he did! Cool is known for being easily distracted and overly curious, which you will see if you watch the videos. He was sightseeing big time!
The Plan- First Goals
My first goals for Cool are the following!
*Stand quitely for grooming and tacking (first in his stall and then in the aisleway
Lunge quietly at the walk and trot. Starting with only about 10-15 minutes.
Refresh his leading ground manners. Remind him that he needs to walk next to his handler and not lag behind. He also needs to respect personal space and back up easily when asked.
Things To Keep In Mind
We need to remember despite how good he might look, he is not at all fit and needs to be built up slowly. The fastest way to sour a horse coming back into work is making it muscle sore. It is important to keep this in consideration when planning his schedule. We need to incorporate days off for him. This shouldn’t be a problem, starting his rehab in the winter, I’m sure mother nature will take care of this for us. We don’t have an indoor so all our training is weather dependent.
Need To Put Leg Protection On Him
Cool has a history of managing to get himself hurt frequently. From now on we need to use splint boots on him. We want to keep him sound now!
Next Time, We Will Put The Saddle On Him
Next time we exercise him( I would like that to be tomorrow, but mother nature may interfere. It is calling for rain!) we will put the saddle on him, and do the same plan with the saddle on.
Stay Tuned For Day 2
These are not the most exciting videos, but at least you can see where we are starting from!