Mama Tess is adjusting very well on the Theraplate!
IF you were all in my barn listening to the vibration, you’d know how scary it could be to a horse… this thing VIBRATES and HUMS! The higher it is cranked, the more it GOES!
Any horse would snort at it – for sure.
So, it is best to start out slowly. It goes from 10 – 100.
Right now, she is up to 40. Slowly I will get her used to higher.
But now, she is really coming along and willing to hop right up there!
All I have to do is walk with her (filled) bucket onto the Theraplate and she follows. No halter, no lead, no nothing!
As soon as she is on board, I put the bucket onto the stepladder and bungie it there.
(I know, I know… I’m goofy-rigging everything… My excuse is that I have ONE MORE WEEK on this commercial and then I am done and I can be FREE to hang with Tess, make all the right bucket holding devices and clean the barn.)
Anyway, Tess doesn’t care… ;) As long as she eats, she is fine with my rigs.
When she is done with her bucket, I give her hay in her Portagrazer.
After about 3 minutes she really relaxes. R-e-a-l-l-y relaxes.
She will stand there for 20 minutes easily.
For the first week, she is doing very well.
A BIT OF INFORMATION
I was put in contact with a Rehab Facility in Creston who use the Theraplate:
…and she told me that some horses are sore when they first begin to use the Theraplate because the new blood vessels are being stimulated which creates a prickly, hot feeling – kindof like when your arm ‘goes to sleep’ if you lay on it wrong.
So, I’ll look out for that…
I put Gwen on the Theraplate yesterday and she wasn’t too sure… but got the hang of it fast. As long as there was food, Gwen was OK with it.
I noted that Gwen was quite willing to put weight on her foot with the torn suspensory/deep and superficial digital flexor tendons. She actually weighted it and lifted her other foot.
She liked the feeling, I’m guessing…
“HEY, WAIT A MINUTE, THAT’S MYYYY THERAPLATE!”
When I had Gwen on the Theraplate, I had to lock up MT because she intimidates (on purpose) her daughter.
As you can see by this photo, Tess was a bit miffed that Gwen got to use HER Theraplate…
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