Exercises for Building Back Muscles
I'm actually an eventer, but I figured I'd post here since this is more of a dressage question :)
I have a 5 year old OTTB. In early Oct she started have a mysterious and mild lameness which as gotten worse over time. I took her into get a bone scan last week and we found TONs of stuff. We gave her a bunch of joint injections which we're (really, really, really) hoping are going to help her.
One of the main areas of concern is her SI joint- it was pretty hot on the bone scan, and when we did the joint injection the vet hit a bunch of scar tissue. That combined with all her other plethora of injuries is leading us to believe she had a nasty wreck during her track career.
She is getting a couple more weeks off, and then the vet said I should start bringing her back to work with a big focus on building the muscles along her topline and SI joint.
Prior to early Oct we had a pretty nice topline going, but it was still a work in progress for sure. By the time we get back to work, she'll have had 3 full months completely off (but she's still been having her turnout).
Any suggestions on exercises I could do that will help her topline without being too stressful as she's coming back to work? She's only up to training level dressage, so she doesn't know anything fancy yet ;)
Thanks for the help!
You don't need a custom one
Just go to the health food store or GNC and get some whey powder. GIve the horse 20-30grams (a tablespoonful) a day, while you are rehabbing.
Originally Posted by Lone
Once she is stronger and can do more work, increase it up to 100g a day.
Of course if you would rather a custom one PM me I make one called Muscle Mix™ . It's more effective than whey powder and costs a bit more, but not much.
Watch her behavior while you are doing that as the high protein supplements can make then very high or energetic. if you get too much over exuberant behavior and you will need to drop the muscle supplement.