Horse Suffering From Nerve Damage Caused By Electrical Storm Returns To Work
A horse suffered severe nerve damage after being caught in an electrical storm in July 2017 and was so badly injured that euthanasia was being considered.
Pride, the Irish Sports horse, was later assessed by a vet from House & Jackson who approved the mare for treatment at Writtle University College.
After a challenging 10 weeks of therapy, designed by equine students, Emily Barker, Emily Hughes, Rosemary Lawrence and Charlotte Hall, as part of their course, Pride is returning to work.
The use of a slight incline at the entrance to Prides stable and various surfaces helped enhance the treatment process.
“The programme began with simple controlled exercise in walk and trot with regular episodes where we requested Pride to back up a few paces. This targeted and challenged her proprioceptive skills in order to develop and strengthen them,” said Emily Barker.
“We gradually moved on to incorporate poles. To begin with, this was just one or two in a straight line but Pride showed great improvement so this could be quite quickly increased,” said Emily Hughes.
More complex pole work was later carried out to stimulate her brain and improve hoof-eye coordination.
Myofascial release and massage were also used to define sensitive areas on her body, focusing on one area at a time to alleviate tension and discomfort.
“We also included destabilisation exercises to ask Pride to counteract a pressure applied in a certain direction in order to remain stabilised. This was particularly good as Pride did exhibit unequal muscle development,” said Charlotte.
After 10 full weeks of gradually increased therapy, Pride has now been returned to her owner and is being ridden again.
“We saw a great change in Pride neurologically, physiologically and psychologically and she was seen to gain so much confidence. The vet’s evaluation post-programme left her pleasantly surprised, which was excellent news,” added Emily Barker.