Last fall through a local vet I worked with a DeClue protégé and what a pile of nonsense it was. A complete waste of money and time with no discernible difference at all. but she would have gladly had me in “rehab” for months and months because of course “it’s not a quick fix”.
Of course I do realize that there are injuries and issues that take time but this wasn’t that. It was a "well your horse cocked his ear to the left when I touched “xyz” so that clearly means blah, blah blah and we’ll have to inject this and that, and my rehab person will put you on a rehab plan and we’ll shockwave and do FES etc etc etc …
And I WANT my horse to feel as good as he can and so I wanted do ALL the things! but I just can’t anymore with $$$$$ stuff that is “well, this * may * help (but there is no strong clinical data that it will) and it won’t hurt” He has felt the best he has felt with me just riding him and doing my own work to help strengthen and I started to bump up his amino acids, crunched his nutritional numbers and started him on Lubrisyn. And trust me, we ain’t going to the Olympics, I piddle around.
I was just listening to the protégé on Instagram pontificating on no matter the age, the horse needs maintenance. even if you just started him under saddle last week, he already needs maintenance. and you need a TEAM. and they are athletes and we have to treat them as such no matter what the level. I think working with the best farrier that you can find, riding properly and as much turnout as possible really goes a long way.
I think this video is amusing cause there is a lot of truth to it