Returning to ridden work
I am happy to report that Cadet has had no evidence of hoof pain for six months and my trimmer thinks I can start riding him. It's been almost two years since I last rode him, partly due to the pandemic, but mostly because of persistent hoof discomfort after a bout of laminitis in October of 2020. I had some questions about returning him to work.
Is it recommended to repeat radiographs first? He has been hand walked a lot in straight lines and is very willing to gait and trot, even on pavement (I stop him after a few strides). I plan to apply Scoot boots for any riding outside of our sand arena. Is lunging him still not recommended? He is generally pretty easy going, but I anticipate that on some days he will need a little groundwork to focus.
I firmly believe that he would never be able to take this step without the group's help and advice. I am very grateful!
Island County, Washington, USA
Cadet Case History: https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Aunna%20and%20Cadet
Ruger Case History: https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Aunna%20and%20Ruger
Cadet Photo Album: https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/album?id=84102