Zoe's Back Rehabilitation

This exotic 9 year old Arabian mare is in training to prepare her for a home of her own. Previously rescued by Cowgirl Spirit in November 2005, she now requires more advanced skills to be placed in a new home.

Zoe's Back Rehabilitation

Postby Juliane on Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:55 pm

Zoe's rehabilitation progress has been slow, but I am hopeful that we are finally starting to overcome her pain issues. While she hasn't been worked with each and every day, Susan and I try to work with her as much as possible. With all the rain lately, my round pen is not useable for anything other than a walk. So, Zoe's been worked at the arena at drill practice, or hand walking her up and down my steep driveway, or ponying her along side Dandy while going for rides. When the ground has been dry enough, I have worked her at liberty and on the lungeline in the round pen.

In addition to the exercise work, Trish has done some energy release work on Zoe, trying to clear some of the blockages in her back. Susan and I have also massaged Zoe's back each day, using excessive amounts of Arnica to rub into her skin. So far, her back seems much less sensitive when palpated, so hopefully she will be cleared to start working under saddle! Zoe has her check up appointment with Dr. Hannah next Friday, December 14th. Wish us luck for a clean report! :)

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Postby cat_67 on Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:49 pm

She's such a beautiful mare, and it's great to hear she is getting all the TLC she needs. I feel so badly for horses with back issues - it always seems like it doesn't get caught right away, and instead they get punished for misbehavior that's just a reaction to pain. It would have been so easy for this mare to fall through the cracks and wind up in trouble - she's very lucky that you knew her and wanted to help her!
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Postby Juliane on Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:23 pm

I took Zoe up to Monroe today to be seen by Dr. Hannah. I was pretty sure that Zoe had made some good progress towards healing her back, however, I was nervous of what Hannah would say. I had nothing to worry about!

Dr. Hannah said that Zoe's back was 100 times better than it was four weeks ago, and that she couldn't believe the progress Zoe had made! Yay! She proceeded to do a basic chiropractic adjustment and then pronounced Zoe ready to start under saddle work immediately! Woohoo!

She suggested that I continue the massage + Arnica, especially after saddle work, and that Zoe be seen again in a couple months to make sure she was holding up well to being ridden again. But other than that, Zoe got a clean bill of health! I am still bouncing off the walls!

Not too many pictures today - my daughter discovered the 'video' function of my camera! LOL So, here's a couple pics and then a really choppy 7-year-old-obviously-made-this-video! Enjoy!

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Postby stardreams on Sat Dec 15, 2007 1:11 am

Yay!!!! How exciting for Zoe!! What a beautiful video clip :)
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Postby myhorsefaith on Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:14 am

Yay for Zoe!! Can't wait to watch her blossom under saddle! :D
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Postby lilmzmom on Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:17 pm

What a wonderful video! It makes me want to cry to think of the pain Zoe must have been in. And not even be able to tell anyone. :(
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Postby Sandilf on Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:13 pm

Wow, Cassidy did that video? I think you two are especially blessed with photography skills. I can't wait to meet Zoe!
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Postby LorsaDoon on Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:27 pm

She is a beauty, but I am partial to the Arabian horse anyway. :wink: I am so glad she is coming along and her back issue seems to be resolved. Maybe I could have Dr Hannah work on my back. LOL
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Postby busted on Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:05 am

What awesome news and an even better video! Way to go Cassidy!
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Postby Juliane on Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:56 pm

Zoe had her final chiropractic/accupuncture appointment on Friday, January 25th. I was very worried that perhaps Zoe's back was actually hurting her, as when I went to her stable the night before, she was very 'ouchy' when I first palpated her back.

Both Ally and I were perplexed by her painful response, as Zoe hadn't been ridden in 3-4 days, and really hadn't done anything stressful. It was very cold though, and once Zoe moved around the arena a few times, her back was fine. How weird.

I explained the situation to Dr. Hannah, and then stood nervously as Dr. Hannah did a quick evaluation. She palped her back and saw some slight tenderness in Zoe's back, but nothing worrisome. She actually told me that she was happy with Zoe's progress and that Zoe really didn't need any adjustments.

However, in an effort to make sure Zoe's back is as solid and healed as possible, and that Zoe is ready for a new home, I went ahead with having her adjusted and an accunpuncture treatment.

Zoe was great for it all, and is really starting to enjoy being worked on. Dr. Hannah did find a couple ribs out on Zoe's left side - to which I got a talking to about mounting up on Zoe without a mounting block! :oops:

Ok, that won't happen again! :) Zoe now has a clean bill of health and is officially available for adoption.

Here's some pics from Friday - special thanks to Ally for being my photographer - you rock! :)

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Postby stardreams on Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:28 pm

Yay Zoe!!!! Her eyes have really softened and her body has relaxed. I cannot wait to see them shine more then ever, when she finally finds her perfect home :D
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Postby sara.ray on Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:46 pm

OUCH!It looks like those things in there back hurt.Does it hurt them? :(
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Postby welshwitch on Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:47 pm

sara.ray wrote:OUCH!It looks like those things in there back hurt.Does it hurt them? :(


No, Sara, they don't hurt. I've been having acupuncture for years now. You may feel a slight prick when the needles go in and then some tingling for the first 30 seconds or so but that's it. You should try it sometime. The trick is to get a qualified practitioner, but that's the same for everything. Sometimes the same folks who do animals also do people.

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