During the American Association of Equine Practitioners' Focus on the Sport Horse program, held July 20-22, in Louisville, Kentucky, Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Dipl. ACVSMR, McPhail Dressage Chair Emerita at Michigan State University and president of Sport Horse Science, in Mason, Michigan, described rehabilitation exercises that owners can perform from the ground. These are particularly useful for horses with back pain or a history of back pain and are an adjunct to ridden rehab exercises.
One of the keys to recovering from an episode of back pain or surgery, and to help avoid future recurrences of back pain, is to pursue appropriate rehabilitation and exercise. A comprehensive exercise regimen should include a combination of stretching, strengthening, and aerobic conditioning of the back and body. This requires a basic understanding of the types of muscles that need to be conditioned
Performed regularly, Clayton said these three types of rehabilitation exercises can help improve your horse's muscle function as part of a rehabilitation program following a back injury and can also improve the horse’s athletic performance and reduce the risk of future back problems.
At Sovereign Health, we understand how important cognition is to the recovery process. For this reason, our cognitive rehabilitation programs focuses on brain wellness, or keeping the brain healthy. We provide our patients with cognitive rehabilitation exercises as well as lessons on the importance of nutrition, sleep and relaxation, physical activity and maintaining healthy relationships.