It has been a while since I updated you all on Trooper's progress with his tendon injury so I thought it was time to write a post on it.
Before coming back to uni I did get to canter him which was good! I just did a small canter along one long side and he was fine. After a few more riding sessions I was trying to canter him for longer distances but we couldn't quite make it all the way around the arena without breaking into trot. My Mum has also cantered him so now I am back at uni she can carry on doing this. Because his injury was in his pastern on his hindleg I think we should take it easy before getting him to work with his hindlegs underneath him. Therefore he is quite on the forehand when I have been riding him.
I have been doing circles in walk and trot but not yet in canter. And in walk I have started schooling him a bit more and bringing him in to a slightly more collected walk.
He was on bute every day when I got home from university for Christmas. We reduced this down to one every other day and there was no difference so we have stopped giving it him now. He doesn't seem stiff on his leg.
It was at the start of September when he got the injury and wouldn't put his weight through the leg for more than a second and was noticeably lame in walk. He has made really good progress with the injury. We have always said how quickly he heals when he has a cut and this is the first time he has ever gone lame (and we have had him 13 years). My Mum has worked really hard with it while I have been at uni having to hose it twice a day and walk him in hand and ride him every day. He has also had treatments such as ultrasound treatment, physio and an injection of his plasma into the area. I think he is pretty much healed now and back to normal in himself now but I just want to make sure I take it easy building up his work.
When I next go home at Easter I will see what he is like then I am planning on making a blog post on the time-line of his injury and rehab process with links to the blog posts.