Shanara - 15.3hh Mare ID x
Jemma's own horse who has made it to the fabulous age of 20 odd years old suffered a drop in performance at the start of the 2016. Noticing her starting to struggle with the more advanced dressage moves such as collection and lateral work and an increasing stiffness coming out of her stable in the morning through the Winter months, Jemma stopped competing her at Medium Level. After a vet visit and the conformation that it was likely to be osteoarthritis of the hock joint, Jemma did much research into the different treatments available.
Starting a rehabilitation programme alongside regular physiotherapy treatments was key to ensure all musculature was as healthy as possible. This involved regular stretching, treatments of red light phototherapy and PEMF and correct work on the lunge, when being schooled and out hacking. Weight management was critical and the use of good joint nutraceutical - Nutraquin Plus made a massive difference. Magnetic hock boots and back-on-track boots aided pre warm up treatments and ensured joints didn't get cold through out the winter months. Shanara also had muscle atrophy in the right saddle region, probably through compensation which was another area to work on.
A few months on and Jemma noticed Shanara beginning to behave like a youngster again. Her hindlimb muscle mass had increased and tone improved. Her hock and stifle range of motion (ROM) has increased and her fitness has improved. Jemma is now about to start competing her again.