Can Buddy be ridden post surgery?

This teenaged bay Arabian gelding is in rehabilitation. Watch his progress as he goes through eye surgery, gains weight and returns to his original beauty!

Can Buddy be ridden post surgery?

Postby Juliane on Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:45 pm

Buddy still has his stitches in for another week or more. His eye is healing nicely - there is no discharge, heat or swelling. It is starting to get pretty itchy for him, so he tenderly rubs it against my outstretched hand.

I turn him out every other day to get exercise, but am trying to limit that since the Dr's orders were 2 weeks of stall confinement.

Which makes me wonder - should I wait until he's out of stall confinement before working with him under saddle? I can't see how being on his back would bother his eye, but don't want to risk hurting his recovery process.

Ideally, I'd like to get his saddle assessment and tune up completed soon, so that he can be ready for his new home asap after having his stitches removed. :)

Thoughts??
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Postby LorsaDoon on Thu Feb 15, 2007 5:12 am

I would do what the doctor instructed you to do. Buddy has gone through a major operation and needs to heal properly. Don't forget he has to heal on the inside too. Not just the outside that you can see.
You would not want to suffer a setback at this point. That could cost more time and money.
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Postby cat_67 on Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:44 am

I would guess he probably needs a little more rest and he will be more amenable to training when he is back to being able to being turned out regularly. If you are bored you can come here and break some of our young ones. :D
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Postby AgilityGal on Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:11 am

I think I'd do exactly what the vet says. He's been through a whole lot and the outer body will not reflect the amount of inner healing the body has yet to do.
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Postby Juliane on Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:28 am

Ok, thanks for the opinions. :) It's difficult to remember the major surgery sometimes as Buddy tends to be so happy and energetic - he's practically bouncing off his stall walls in excitement. I feel bad that he's 'locked up'. :)
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