Back in the summer of 2018, you may remember us documenting the story of Pride, a horse that was left with severe neurological issues after an electrical storm, and how Writtle University College students helped with her rehabilitation journey.
Euthanasia had originally been considered for the mare after she suffered neurological damage following a fall during the storm in July 2017, as well as a tendon infection during recovery.
After spending time under care of the House & Jackson Equine Clinic, she began her recovery initially utilising the barn and paddock spaces based on the Lordships Stud at Writtle University College.
Once Pride was stable enough, and with veterinary approval she returned to Writtle University College Equine Training and Development Centre and began her rehabilitation with final year BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation students Emily Barker, Emily Hughes, Rosemary Lawrence and Charlotte Hall in January 2018.
These students created and carried out a rehabilitation programme to improve Prides proprioception, muscle response and tone all under the guidance of Writtle University College's lecturing staff.
Since the end of that module in May 2018, Pride has gradually been building up her strength and coordination with her owner. She still has a long way to go but has made an enormous improvement.
Caroline Brace, Prides owner said: "She is doing fabulous, we do lots of hacking, and are now trying to up the schooling requirements. Trying to canter on two tracks is a challenge as her quarters like to try and overtake the front end, but she is getting stronger and stronger every week!"
A year and a half after Pride encountered such a traumatic experience, it is great to see that she is making such a great recovery thanks to the Writtle students that produced and implemented the therapy plan, and also the expert guidance by House & Jackson Vets.