The hock featured in the photos below is an example of an injury that was rehabilitated sound. The hock radio graphs revealed no significant bone fragments or fractures, only a bone bruise and indication that the hock was fusing, which is normal for the age of this horse. We made some significant changes to shoeing of the hind feet, making him stand underneath himself more which released some of the pressure on the front of the hock joint to ease the pain from the bruising. He has been turned out for the past thirty days and is now riding sound, and should be able to go onto a second career with only minor limitations.
One of the most important factors in finding forever homes for horses is the ability to rehabilitate the horse sound. Most common injuries (soft tissue injuries and bone chips that don't interfere with the joint space )that a horse sustains during a performance career can be rehabilitated successfully. A lot of the horses that we receive need time to heal from injuries and oftentimes that is the deciding factor for owner's wanting to donate their horses to the program. RE-RIDE works with several veterinarians who specialize in sports related injuries, along with chiropractic treatment and corrective shoeing and often times we are successful in getting horses sound enough to pursue a second career. While this is the most crucial portion of our program, it is also one of the most costly and a great deal of the donations that we receive go towards rehabilitating the horses to soundness.
Rehabilitation & Retraining.