• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Return to work AFTER rehabbing ligament

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Return to work AFTER rehabbing ligament

    For those of you who have experience at this...

    The FatPaintMare is almost done with rehab (small tear check ligament last summer). We are up to 4 (5min) trots on straight lines, with walking before/inbetween/after, which equals out to an hour's ride.

    We are allowed to start canter work tomorrow, and if that goes well for 2 weeks, we can "return to normal work".


    The possibilities are endless - and scary! We can go in a dressage ring for the first time in 7 months...start big circles...go over ground poles...

    Obviously I will be discussing this once again with the vet tomorrow...but -

    So, how did you re-introduce your horses to "normal work"?

  • #2
    After a similar time off last year for a similar tear, I moved up to Rasta doing 3 x 10 minute trots in our large paddock that gradually included 30 meter circle "turns" in the corners of the field rather than trotting just the straight lines, coming to a walk and turning. After about 10 days of this, I moved into including 30 meter circles and gradually made them smaller - seemed like I was already trotting poles by then ...others probably would've gone faster, but he's never taken a bad step on the leg with the tear. I have to do a LOT of trotting with him after even just a few weeks of little to no riding (like the weather produced from September to December ) as his stifle sticks until he gets stronger behind, then it seems to resolve itself.

    Glad to hear all is well with FPM!!!!
    ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


    • #3
      I'm a HUGE fan of swimming horses now....I had one with ligament problem, one with EPM (lost a ton of muscling), and one with a shoulder injury....I took them all to swim for two to four months (they swim once a day six or seven days a week), and the results were amazing. They built muscles w/o putting stress on the ligaments, and when they came home, they were ready for either "regular" work, or close to it.
      --Becky in TX
      Clinic Blogs and Rolex Blogs
      She who throws dirt is losing ground.


      • #4
        The long version is in my signature link.

        "Short" version:
        Month of trot, starting with 5 minutes (no turns) and increasing by 5 minutes a week, so 20 minutes by the end (I broke it up into 5-minute sets, increasing to 10 minute sets). Started trotting thru turns at the second week.

        Month of canter, again starting with 5 minutes and increasing to 20 minutes total. No circles, lateral work, etc up until the end of this.

        Month of normal flat work. Started slowly, first with 20-m circles and related figures and more transitions. Gradually added in lateral work and smaller circles and counter canter so I was doing it all by the end of the month.

        Then we started to jump.

        Highly recommend the Back to Work book. Good luck and congratulations on making it this far.
        The Evil Chem Prof


        • #5
          FC, I have used these protocols a number of times.

          I like the fact that it helps you not "get ahead" of yourself as your pony will inevitably gain wind faster than BMT fitness. It can make you stay with the appropriate progression. (30/60/90 days back to work)

          Check it out! Hope this helps!!