PSSM

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Where I buy chelated calcium, B1, reishi,  pea protein, and some herbs:

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Jax Just Before PSSM1 Diagnosis, horse exercises, horse workouts

Finding the Right Exercise Management:

Creating a good horse exercise management and horse workout schedule is incredibly important for a PSSM horse and, according to Dr. Valberg, may be more important than diet changes for some.  I try to keep Jax well rounded, without overtaxing him, due to his multiple variants (P1 needs work, P2 needs muscle healing rest). 

While this may seem complicated, we’ve settled into a comfortable existence – when needed, I alternate hard and easy days to keep P1 moving and happy, but allow P2 to rest; this worked great for several years, but isn’t as necessary now as it once was (i.e. he can do several hard days in a row now).

Our typical horse workouts and exercises include:

Jax doesn’t do well with collected work or schooling canter maneuvers, however small stints of each are really good for him. Distance work is an absolute must, and suppling work with cones and poles are a necessity on occasion.

While I don’t ask for collection often, I do expect self carriage – Jax is built level to slightly uphill and carries himself well; but it took awhile to make that happen!  Keeping him from dropping shoulders, leaning, counter bending, etc. are all daily expectations to keep him moving as straight and symmetrical as possible.

Long slow distance at least once per week, a good canter at least once per week, and horse exercises including suppling work with cones/poles at least once every other week – these are huge in keeping him feeling well.  When weather or injury dictates lower work levels, hand walking for a minimum of .5 mile daily is essential.  Jax is now at a point where he can handle up to 2 days off consecutively, but is better off with at least light work 7 days per week.

I’ve not had an arena for the last three years – but that’s about to change!  Once I get my arena set up I plan to add some more helpful workouts and horse exercises to this page:

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