Sunday, September 30, 2012

Aqua Therapy

Neighbors Chuck and Elisa took me to visit their reining horse Little Man.  Little Man is at a private farm for rehab treatment.  The place is beautiful.

One of several barns

Tack room

Chuck looking into a stall containing...

an enormous pig!

The story behind this gigantic pig is that the farm's owner found a tiny piglet in the middle of a busy road in downtown Denver.  She brought the little guy home, where he grew and grew and grew.  They treat him just like a horse (except for the riding stuff, lol).  He gets turned out every day, and has a deluxe stall at night.  Lucky piggy!

Little Man is making excellent progress.  The therapists are taking things very slowly (yay!).  They started him on the aqua treadmill with no water in it, and have added a little more water with each session.  I've condensed his session to about a minute in the video.

I thought his behavior was stellar for any horse, but especially for a four year old stallion.  Good boy, Little Man.  Come home soon. 

The farm has just about every piece of rehab equipment I've ever heard of.  They also have an indoor panel walker.  I'm not big on hot walkers, but this design seems much safer than the old style.


Annette said...

That's interesting how they increase the amount of water over time. What a good boy he was! And that tack room -- unreal!

Dreaming said...

Wow! What a gorgeous place! The aqua therapy is really incredible! I've seen pools where horses wade down a ramp into the water, but nothing like this. What a neat opportunity to see all of this. Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

WOW! That is quite a place! The tack room is nicer than my house. I definitely like that walker better than any other I've seen. Gorgeous!

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Thats five star and more ! I could live in that tack room, or any room with that level of luxury. What a whoppa Piggy !! makes mine still look small ...Im secretly hoping they don't grow that BIG !! ........Jayne

sonia a. mascaro said...

Sounds a special and good place!
So beautiful the barns.
Thanks for the videos.

PS: Thanks for the congratulations on my blog anniversary.

Kate said...

I am super impressed with the farm, the pig, and the horse's behaviour. What was his initial injury?

Dom said...

What a stunning facility! It was very cool to see the aqua treadmill in use. That's one piece of equipment I HAVEN'T gotten to play with. That is also one lucky pig! Wow.

Ruffles said...

WOW! What an amazing place. Just gorgeous.
Little Man is so cute.
Awesome videos. :)

JJ said...

That place looks like horse shangri la! Seriously, just beautiful! I love that pig, and what beautiful stalls; I think I could go on and on!!! Gorgeous!

jenj said...

Wow, I could live in that tackroom! What a fabulous place!

I hope Little Man recovers quickly and comes back 100%.