July 17, 2017
Last week Cash had the physio – the report from Faith was as follows;
Cash presented well and walk out nicely. He was his usual presentation in trot with reduced hock flexion and a little toe drag behind but nothing new or worse than in previous times.
He was very sore through his 3rd and 4th vertebrae in his neck with a very stiff movement at this level.
His muscles over his back were severely in spasm but reduced well once his neck and back were mobilised.
I would recommend slightly more frequent visits to address his muscle spasm as this will be an ongoing management concern due to his history and conformation.
I suggest every 12- 16 weeks as long as he is worked consistently and at a level that is realistic.
No surprise at the hock flexion, he has arthritis and as commented nothing worse than previous visits.
His neck – shocked me on first read of the report but as i thought about it and replied, he cribs…….. cribs in his stable and so this soreness would tie in with the stance adopted when cribbing and tensing through his neck.
So, moving forward, try and keep him in consistent work (will be interesting with my workload at the moment), little and often being the key to keeping him functional!
Lots of hacking, walker where i can’t get up to ride and school exercises to keep him mobile.
So he had Friday off. Saturday we had a pretty good ride, for the most part, the last 5 minutes Cash decided he’d rather canter than trot.
Not sure if he’s protesting against the Micklem – only 2nd time in it so will go back to normal bridle tomorrow and see what happens.
Riding wise he did feel more supple than the last ride before physio.
Yesterday we had a lovely hack out, went back to his normal bridle, much happier in the contact – just shows all horses are individuals and what works for one won’t always work for another!