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Does it feel like your horse is always in rehab?

๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐—œ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—œ ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ!


The answer is here! ๐Ÿ‘‡


Why? Is it only me?


NO!


You are not alone!


Letโ€™s talk about the wonderful gift that is our horse/ dog.


Their bodyโ€™s, like ours, are always adapting (changing) in relation to their environment.


๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค ๐™„ ๐™ข๐™š๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ?


๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ.


Internal refers to :

โœ…Food

โœ…Nervous system - parasympathetic switch

โœ…Physiology

โœ…Injury


External refers to:


โœ…weather

โœ…Ground/ terrain

โœ…Tack

โœ…Rider

โœ…Other animals

โœ…Management

โœ…Farrier

โœ…Vet

โœ…Us




When we start listing the potential factors that are always ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด lives, it is not such a shock to see why our animals do not โ€œ๐™›๐™š๐™š๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™–๐™ข๐™šโ€.

โค๏ธThe ๐™—๐™ค๐™™๐™ฎ is an ๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™ฏ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™จ๐™ฎ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข which is constantly trying to self heal (heal itself) and remain in homeostasis for survival.


๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ โ€ฆ ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ตโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜น โ€ฆ


Most of us assume that once the vet has identified the lameness and explains the treatment process, start doing a little dance because our brains start telling us things like:


๐Ÿ™โ€œThank god!โ€

๐Ÿ™โ€œThis explains a lot!โ€

๐Ÿ™โ€œ Thatโ€™s a relief, now how soon after treatment can I kick on?โ€


9/10 of us are so overwhelmed that we forget to ask โ€ฆ whyโ€ฆ


๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ?


We all know that animals are mammals and that they can run and slip and or fall over, this is all part of being an animal.


๐˜ฝ๐™๐™


Is the injury our horse/ dog has due to an accident ?


๐™Š๐™ง


Were they predisposed (higher chance) to having this injury due to their:


๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธconformation?

๐Ÿคทโ€Musculoskeletal system?

๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธMental state?

๐Ÿคทโ€Your mental state?

๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธAge?

๐Ÿคทโ€Breed? Etcโ€ฆ



The ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† is injury or no injury our animals are ๐™–๐™ก๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ข ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ง๐™š๐™๐™–๐™—.


๐Ÿค”Maybe rehab is the wrong word.


When it comes to rehab, we need to ๐™จ๐™๐™ž๐™›๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š and energy towards ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™˜๐™š๐™จ๐™จ and realising that it is a process. A slow, ever adapting process that will allow us to build a ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ with our animals.


๐Ÿค”At the end of dayโ€ฆ


Isnโ€™t that why we have animals?


๐™๐™๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™—๐™ก๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™จ๐™๐™ž๐™›๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ ๐™ข๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™›๐™š๐™š๐™ก ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ž๐™›๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™, ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™.


๐€๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  that your horse or dog is always going to change and that their posture, way of going and behaviour will change according to their environment will help take the frustration out of rehabilitation.


Once we have come to terms with this, did you know that you are the key to helping your horse or dog heal?


โญ๏ธThe beauty about owning a pet or a horse is that you spend a lot of time with them and therefore know them better than anyone else. Playing devil's advocate here, when you end up spending a lot of time with your horse/ dog, sometimes you are not aware of the changes happening before you.


๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธHowever, there is an ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป to this.


๐˜–๐˜ฃ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ


๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™?


Itโ€™s that simple! The key is to ๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’˜ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• to observe and monitor.

There really is no right or wrong answer, however taking action is important.


Over the past three years, I have noticed patterns in your horseโ€™s bodies.

I have also been listening to you all and recognise that you can heal your horse!


All you need is an ๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™›๐™ค๐™ก๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™œ๐™ช๐™ž๐™™๐™š in which you can identify your horse's ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ด and ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ด and then improve these with simple at home exercises.


๐Ÿด๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ.


๐Ÿค”๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ?


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