• Summer Nicole Terry

Let's Talk... Caring for Injured Horses 🐎

Let's Talk... Caring for Injured Horses 🐎

The care of the horse always comes first. Injury rehab and post-surgery cases always require a higher degree of observation, because you have to notice the slightest change and determine the correct course of action. Sometimes that change might be as simple as extra swelling or heat, but sometimes it's a change in demeanor of the horse. If their mood becomes "off" or different, we start looking for other changes.

I always encourage people to look for these changes in their own horses. Horses have different personalities just like people, but for the most part if they are fed and healthy... They're a pretty happy animal. Chronic pain and fatigue can turn your best friend into your worst enemy (and get you hurt).

As someone that deals with a lot of chronic pain myself... I can tell you (and my husband would agree 🤐) that severe pain is about like being possessed by pure evil... You hurt so bad that your brain just does not work properly... You think the world is against you. You are grumpy and sometimes plain hateful even if someone is trying to help. But as people, we can rationalize what's going on, understand why we are hurting, and "get the demons out". 😱

Horses only understand how they feel in the moment. That's why I love using them for demos for therapy equipment. What you're doing either works or it doesn't... You're not going to placebo a horse into thinking he's "cured". You either make progress with an injury or you don't. They keep us working honest as therapists, because you have to keep working until you find the right thing to help.

🤬 As frustrating as bad behavior is, we always give the horse the benefit of the doubt. We try to see their side of what's causing them to act out. Many times we see a full change in attitude of a horse that been with us 30 days. I always encourage other practitioners that train with us to ask "Why"... Why is this behavior happening? What could be the root cause? Does added Therapy change the behavior?

As therapists it's our job to be their voice... Sometimes to Veterinarians... Sometimes to owners... Sometimes to trainers. I will never claim to know more about your horse than you, but maybe I can give you another perspective to what's going on inside their head.

From one chronic athlete to another, My heart always goes out to our equine athletes. As humans, we make a choice of how we use our bodies. Our horses work for us out of love, not necessity. Take care of your partners, by listening to what they have to say.

Love & Knowledge 😘💜 SNT

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