Box rest — a tough time but worth it

A period of box rest can be a trying time for owner and horse alike, agrees Arundel Equine director Paula Broadhurst, but adds: "Contrary to popular belief, vets do not prescribe box rest on a whim, nor to inflict torture on horse or rider.

Unfortunately, to give your horse the best chance of recovery from an injury, a period of box rest may be essential. Turning your horse out in a paddock to “rest” is usually detrimental. The horse might walk 90 per cent of the time, but the occasional gallop, buck, or leap is the same as . . .

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