|Kika being her usual charming self and not letting Nancy by|
- despite K being lazy & not wanting to move much
|N get's to stretch some as K's lazyness wins out & her circle gets smaller ;-)|
|Yep - Nancy is the best at shedding|
|Kika top - Nancy bottom...|
Round 2 of shedding grooming to Nancy
I hope to go back and see her horse availing of the hydro treatment - plus hopefully get photos or maybe even a little video. It is a new set up, the clinic itself is about a year old and the Hydro treatment section is a few months old. Another horse from my barn went last month and the Main Instructor at my yard's own horse is going there in two weeks for similar treatment for a tendon injury.
The set up (not very clear in photos below) is a walker-type system with water instead of sand underfoot; there is rubber matting everywhere to prevent slippage as best they can and the water levels themselves are never more than knee height. The treatment is more successful when the horse has to physically lift it's legs out of the water to walk vs swimming - more conducive for muscle-building without the tress of walking/exercising a tendon injury. My friend's horse has been being hand walked for three months and is now beginning to feel better enough in himself to act the maggot while walking, so i think this hydro-therapy will be a great distraction for his OTTB brain and hopefully prevent him doing himself further damage by messing while being lead.
|All horses have their legs hosed before going into water-walker|
& all wear "nappies" so that water doesn't get contaminated
|All horses get some solarium action before|
& after the water-walker