The Rehabilitation Programme
“Horses have hooves to carry them over frost and snow; hair to protect them from wind and cold. They eat grass and drink water, and fling up their heels… Such is the real nature of the horse.’ Chang Tzu
This has been understood from 300 years BC. What is only now becoming clear is to how great a degree the methods of horse keeping which take us far away from this natural ideal have also been the causes of the injuries and illnesses that limit or end a horses’ life
Tendon injuries , arthritic changes at young ages, ulcers , colic, kissing spines – the list is endless but for many horses the first steps on the road to recovery are taken by the horse returning to what a horse always was.
On this basis our rehabilitation horses live in natural herds with free movement over large areas of undulating grassland and stony tracks. They have unlimited access to mixed old meadow grazing which is kept naturally conditioned by cross grazing with rare breed Hebrides sheep and in the winter months are also given local meadow hay or haylage. Supplemental nutritional needs are individually devised for each horse with veterinary consultation.
Horses have their shoes removed and after initial trimming the feet are allowed to naturally rebalance over a variety of terrains. Our visiting chiropractor assesses the balance of the whole body and then as the feet improve the horse is brought back into a guided work programme to develop the strong musculature which will support horse and rider on its return to a normal working life.
Most of our rehabilitation horses will be here for around 4 months but this may be longer or shorter depending on the extent of the initial issues. For further discussions please ring us for an individualised assessment
Phone number 01473 311 907