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Recovering from an injury (rehabilitation)

rehabilitationA horse can have many injuries, such as:

  • Hoof abscess
  • Colic
  • Inflamed joints
  • Tendon injuries
  • Navicular disease
  • Kissing spines
  • Arthritis
  • Lameness

When a horse is recovering from an injury, Straightness Training can be very helpful, especially because we can apply 4 other training pillars besides riding: groundwork, longeing, work in hand and liberty training.

Now when a horse has an injury in one part of his body, or one particular leg, he starts to compensate in other parts of his body, and that creates imbalance and stiffness most of the time.

Recovering-from-an-injurySo when the acute phase of the injury is over, but the  horse is not yet fit to carry a rider, you can already start doing some light groundwork to supple his muscles. With groundwork you can rebalance the horse in a comfortable way.

Bringing a horse back from an injury is sometimes a long process, but especially with Straightness Training it doesn’t have to be a frustrating process!

Now of course the horse should have time to recover, therefore first get the horse better so the ‘acute phase’ of the injury is over.  Then the following guidelines might be helpful to support your horse with ST:

12 Guidelines on how to support your horse’s recovery


Here are some guidelines to help your horse with ST during his recovery:

  •  #1: Team up with your veterinarian or other specialist to determine the best exercise program for your horse.
  • #2: Start your horse from the ground, with groundwork.
  •  #3: Stay in the comfort zone of your horse and train ‘light’ to avoid discomfort and injury.
  • #4: Adjust the keys of training to how your horse feels. There may be days when a simple LFS in walk will suffice. At ‘good’ days you might ask for some steps in mild collection in trot if your horse is familiar with that and has been educated to that level.
  • #5: Adjust the training pillars  to how your horse feels. There may be days when you only do the circles in hand but not on the longe line.
  • #6: Adjust the exercises to how your horse feels. Use ST exercises to keep joints mobile while being careful not to overstress joints. Start any new exercise slowly and watch for signs of discomfort and for early indicators of a problem.
  • #7: Adjust the gait to how your horse feels. At some days, only work him in walk, when he feels good, work him also in trot or even canter.
  • #8: Adjust the transitions to how your horse feels. At some days decide to only do smooth progressive transitions (walk-trot, trot-canter), and skip the non-progressive ones (walk-canter) which ask for increased engagement.
  • #9: To not stress the joints, avoid

– work at speed

– sharp turns and canter pirouettes

– exaggerated gaits and extended trot

– extreme collection

– jumping

  • #10: Keep training if possible!

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2 thoughts on “Recovering from an injury (rehabilitation)

Comment author said

By Dori on 4 January 2016 at 17:21

ST helped my horse recover from fibroitic myopathy .


Comment author said

By Elisabeth Gertz on 13 November 2016 at 07:26

I have used ST with both horses, this is actually when I have found it most useful in my training. Knowing how to do the Groundwork excercises helps identifying signs of discomfort and imbalance.
My gelding got a crack in the right hind leg a year ago. It healed, but he is a little hesitant still to put wheight on it. So I will use this cold, snowy, icy and unpredictable season to restart ST with him.
My young mare, 3 yo, was injured during transport and has recovered completely – I used ST Groundwork with her to get her to use the injured leg. Now I have started to ride her in the ST way, she carries me well and use her back to support me.
So, I can testify that it is very useful in helping the horse recover from an injury!


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