The Rehabbing Horse on the Long-Line
Hi Everyone! So I am in the very long and tedious process of rehabbing a horse from a ligament injury. I was looking through various rehab plans, and many of them contained trotting on the long-line shortly after the walking under tack phase. I think this is great physiologically, but my question is.... When you have a sport horse that has had its work load significantly reduced, how do you put it on the long-line without worries of it bolting off and ripping its ligament open again? I know many of you may be thinking "Duh... drug it". Which I totally get. I currently ace this horse for its walking time just in case something spooky happens (would hate for it to reinjure itself for such a stupid reason). But, I feel like to really insure the horse wouldn't gallop off or buck or whatever on the longe-line, you'd have to use quite a bit of drugs. Which could then cause the horse to be over drugged (stumble, not use itself correctly, etc.). Am I being overly cautious or does anyone have any experience with a good way to do this safely?