MM was at a horse show in Waco the last 2 weeks, so Rio and I got to spend some quality time together. I also realized it was the perfect time to get a joint injection or 2 done. The Monday she left (1/15), he got his hocks injected. Based off of his x-rays from his pre-purchase, and my desire to be as economical as possible, Amazing Vet injected the lower hock joints bilaterally.
How do you guys handle bringing your horse back into work post joint injection? It seems like everyone I know likes to do it different. Some give them a day or 2 off then get right back to normal work, including jumping. Personally, I like to bring Rio back into work slowly. Maybe I am crazy and they can get back to work sooner then that- but this is what I feel comfortable with, and what was recommenced to me by my vet many years ago (different vet, different horse at the time).
- Day 1: Day of joint injection, stay on stall rest all day
- Day 2: Regular turnout, no riding
- Day 3: Regular turnout, no riding
- Day 4: LIGHT riding, walk/trot only, on mostly straight lines, no tight turns/circles/or lateral work
- Day 5: W/T/C but light canter on straightaways and large circles only, and only for short periods
- Day 6: Day off with regular turnout
- Day 7: Normal W/T/C and maybe some baby x-rails
- Day 8: Normal jumping but still at a very conservative height
I figure he gets injected twice a year, so I don’t see the need to rush it. Also, Rio always comes back a bit ‘weird’ after injections. Way more frisky then usual, and quick in the gaits. I also feel the occasional weird step. Definitely not lame or anything like that, just like an awkward misstep if he gets going TOO much, like he can’t keep up with himself when he gets going in a big trot. I do not know why this happens post injection and not any other time, but it definitely cements my desire to bring him back into regular work slowly, and let the kinks work themselves out. I never push him to do more if he doesn’t feel right.
We are now 2 weeks out from the injections and all is well. I haven’t jumped him, mostly because MM has been away and I didn’t see the need. We definitely are going to do some jumping this week though, because I want to make sure we are back in the swing of things before our clinic with Julie Winkel this weekend.
So what is your post-injection routine? What does your vet recommend, or did you decide what to do some other way?