"My horse, Diesel, was diagnosed with kissing spine in January 2017 by Three Counties Vets and he had the ligament snip operation on 23 January."
I was determined after diagnosis that the rehabilitation was going to be done correctly to give him the best chance of recovery.
From the first initial contact with the staff at the Hartpury Therapy Centre, they couldn't have been more helpful. Ten days after the operation, the staples were removed and I took him to the therapy centre, initially for six weeks. (He stayed for ten, my choice because they were doing such a good job).
The whole team were amazing from day one. They worked seamlessly together with the vets, physio, saddler and me to give Diesel the best care possible. Any minor setbacks or problems that arose throughout his rehab were dealt with quickly, professionally and with no fuss.
They kept me informed and up to date on his progress at all times, and also the plan going forward. I also found it educational and helpful for me. What was a very stressful situation became a very stress free experience due to the professionalism and knowledge of this team. They are also good fun, which always helps.
It is now exactly a year since Diesel came home and I still feel supported by the team. As with anything horse related, it's never a 100% smooth path, but Diesel has progressed steadily since leaving Hartpury and we have been back out competing for about eight months now and doing well.
A lot of this was due to the Therapy team giving him such a good start after his operation. I can't thank them enough for all their hard work and dedication and would recommend them 100%.
Diesel was diagnosed with kissing spine in January 2017. Diesel is now back competing and doing well.