Adding more rehab work

23 02 2010

At Circle Oak, Picasso has been getting progressively more “stuff” added to his rehab schedule. He is up to 45 minutes of hand walking and that means he can get 5 minutes of trotting!!!! Monday-Wednesday-Friday he goes into the hydrohorse for more time. He gets an extra 30 seconds tacked on to each session. Tomorrow he will be doing 9 minutes! We are working up to 15 minutes per session. We also have been experimenting with how to get Picasso to stretch his neck out in the hydrohorse….. I’ve been taking his Jolly Ball and dangling it in front of him and asking him to touch it. This usually results in him stretching out his neck to touch the ball. Mission accomplished! If only he would hold his head there…..

Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday, he gets to go on the Eurocizer for a few minutes. Today we tried to see if he could trot in the eurocizer, with mixed success….

He already finds it annoying to have to have his speed policed by a big metal gate… so to add to that, he now can have some energy and trot..but still be policed by the big bad gate. We pumped the eurocizer speed up to trot speed cause he was so excited he was trotting a the walk speed. (eyeroll) So after increasing the speed, nothing really got better. He still crammed himself up again the lead gate, head straight in the air. Lovely….. Megan is going to experiment with when to trot him in there, i.e. after 15 minutes of hand walk, in the afternoon, after he gets his calm and cool. He seems to be quieter in the afternoons anyway, so maybe all of that will help is calming him down. After he stopped trotting, we let him walk for a few minutes, and he FINALLY did a nice long and low walk. I think he was tired.

Picasso is also getting as much turn out as weather and his boredom will allow. So far he has been averaging 1 hour per turn out. After about an hour, he gets bored of grass and starts to play. But yesterday he did a whopping 2 hours!!!! It was sunny and warm, and he was in heaven. Then the horse in the neighboring paddock began to run and he joined in. Party time…. over…..

He is starting to get some more muscle across his back and hind end! Yeah!!