|View single post by NOELLEE|
|Posted: Tue Jan 18th, 2011 05:44 pm||
The muscle loss is definately from lack of work, and the Heat too, my Equine Vet Tech friend said the Heat can cause horses and ponies to loose condition and with our heat waves she said she's pretty sure that's part of it.
I hardly ever canter her these days and trotting is limited because the saddle I have right now is a Aussie , the poleys are "getting in the way". But it fits really well, just a temporary saddle though. I need an IMUS saddle to go with her IMUS Bit, and I also need a English Saddle so we can start her Country Pleasure Classes.
SunnysMum... I have a somewhat similar situation here with my QH, Bo, in getting muscle to rebuild. I had to create stimulations to heal the nerves first, now on to rebuilding the entire muscle groups surrounding the shoulder areas down to the elbow. He got kicked and the blow just happened to cut off the main nerve delivering nerve impulses to the shoulder group and all of these the muscles collasped, sunk in on one side. Some horses never recover, average recovery for those that do rebound is nearly 2 yrs. This accident with Bo was 4.5 mos ago, and we have made huge progress through various holistic stimulations and treatments, beginning with the nerve healing first, then getting blood supply to those minor nerves to reach again the muscle groups.
I am working to heal/restore the muscle groups now. We have one area left to rebuild below the wither. Elbow area is great, neck area is great. He can trot, gallop, kick up his heels, move normally now, just have one sunk in area left. Here are some stimulations I believe are helping now:
- Cold water massage for about 10 minutes along the area to rebuild, then use pure lavendar soap with a soft brush to massage soapy circles along the muscle groups. Lavendar is great, calms the area first so the blood flow more freely reaches the minor nerves that build muscle. This did seem to get blood supply to the area to stimulate the weak tissues. Then rinse off soap with a 5 minute cold water massage.
- Then mild 10-20 minutes of exercise... this slowly warms the tissues and get blood flow back in place, so of like body building with reps and not heavy weight. I was told steady walking (I was not on his back, just leading) was better than trotting, and not to lope. We did walking on various slope areas not too steep. I also turn him out during the day to gaze over various terrian and stall at night to rest the muscles.
- The PE32 is helping due to its high protein, but I added a supplement called Smart Muscle Mass by Smart Pac. It has all the amino acids to rebuild muscle, and this seems to be having a positive effect to that one area that has been the slowest to come back.
- Also added Tissue Salts... he loves these, I dump about 10 pills of the 12-combo inside an apple. You can pick this up at any local health food store. You can also give each tissue salt individually and for muscle rebuilding, the tissue salt "silicea" helps promote balance to muscle mass.
I did homeopathic and herbal treatments in the beginning due to the immediate injury, but you probably don't need an ER response, more of supportive therapy stimulations to restore stronger muscle rebuilding.