Hello all, I’m hoping to get some advice for re-starting my young horse in the next few weeks or so. A bit of a back story (summarized): filly went off as a 3-year old last summer, was diagnosed and treated as a borderline cervical bone cyst (in development) on C6/7. Was given the entire fall/winter off as a precaution and to allow it to heal as much as possible. Received a re-check in December and all was well (cyst was healing) and got a dose of Osphos (recommended by my sport horse vet, I know she is young).
Fast forward to today, we have been doing light ground work (no lunging) and sport horse vet is due to come up mid April. He wants her re-started so we can observe her under light work. My plan is to do this gradually over the next week or so, but my mare (now coming 4) is hot.
She really enjoys work and tends to over-do it on the lunge or while free-lunging. Since she has been out of work for the past 8 months or so, I really want to do my best to encourage her to take it easy as much as possible so we don’t risk dealing with another injury. She has been on turnout with her herd during this time so there is no pent-up energy from lack of that. I know that AceVet is an option before getting her out on the lunge but I may not have a vet available at the time to administer.
What are your suggestions? Hand walk before the lunge? Pray to god she stays sane? I know my options are pretty limited and horses will be horses, but I’m just looking for the best approach. Thank you in advance.
EDIT: I thought it might be worth mentioning that my horse is green broke w/t/c. This is not a complete re-start.