Book Review :Back to Work by Lucinda Dyer

Over the last few weeks, I have been thinking about all the products we use here at the farm and I thought it be a good place to write some reviews of the books, videos and products we use to compile a database of what has worked and what hasn’t.

This review is going to focus on Back to Work: How to Rehabilitate or Recondition Your Horse a hard cover book by Lucinda Dyer about rehabilitating the horse. Now I purchased this book from a little book store here in Mission and to be honest – its sat on the shelf for a number of weeks until I actually got the time to take a read through.

In my opinion this book is OK. I don’t find it life saving or filled with a super group of tips. To get the gist of the book, a quick read of the beginning of the chapters is all that is needed and if you have a particular area in which you are interested a more deep dive approach into the particular area would give you more information.I do find for the average horse owner this book could be useful to provide an awareness to rehabilitation as a whole and how to go about it. Its very possible this book was not written for trainers but more for the average horse owner.

The Cons:

There are 5 case studies on rehabbing from colic surgery. In my lifetime I have known exactly one horse who has successfully completed colic surgery. Its not common for riders in our area to ONE need it TWO be able to afford it and then the chances of the horse living thru it is about 50/50. The book focuses on colic surgery as a common thing – in my opinion it is not.

There was a number of tendon and ligament damage all of which I have never seen in a horse in my stable. Generally speaking the injuries we see most are those involving stifles, sacral joint or abscesses. We don’t usually see Bowed Tendons unless the horse is off the track orĀ  suspensory damage either and the book tends to focus on those. This in my opinion is the biggest downfall to the book. The stifle which is much like the human knee has a very good chance of being damage and when the book outlines the most common and doesn’t include the stifle I have to say I was a quite disappointed.

The Pros:

The book really deep dives into each rehabilitation program outlining step by step including of number of weeks and tasks that need to be completed within that time frame. Back to Work also tip toes into the rider rehabilitation which I believe is beneficial to riders. I don’t think as riders, we always consider ourselves athletes so we tend not to think of our injuries as needed rehabilitation quite as much as the horse.

The book looks at a number of ligament and tendon injuries in a variety of disciplines. If your horse has sustained tendon or ligament injury this book found over here at Amazon is for you: Back to Work: How to Rehabilitate or Recondition Your Horse

The Back to Work book outlines alternative rehabilitation techniques such as swimming and massage and ESWT. So if you are interest is in that – then there’s a good read for you. To be honest I didn’t know what the heck that was before reading this book. And just an FYI is is Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy and it is basically shock therapy and the shock therapy is where a shock, much like a sound wave is produced and omitted towards the horses body. It is used to promote healing and can be used in a variety of applications.

Back to Work takes some time to focus on Laminitis which happens quite commonly here on the West Coast. While its not as easy to outline plan it certainly gives some suggestion on ways to tackle the unknown of Laminitis.