Since Opal was diagnosed with Pedal osteitis in both front feet three weeks ago, she is now wearing bar shoes and pads and is moving soundly. Prior to her diagnosis she was on stall rest for three months. Since the diagnosis, she is at a rehab farm slowly being reintroduced to turnout and grass and doing great. She is now up to six hours of turnout, looks great, is losing the weight she gained while on stall rest. I expect to bring her home (where I board) on June 27th. The vet is coming out to see her this Friday to determine if she is ready to go back into work. If the vet clears her, the plan is to have my instructor start riding her and slowly get her back into riding shape during the month of June, then continue once she is home. I assume my vet will give me guidelines, which I intend to follow, but I'm curious to find out what everyone's experience is with this type of reconditioning. Do you start with 15 minutes of walking a few days a week, adding an additional 15 or 30 minutes a week? When do you begin trotting? Based on your situation/experience, how long was it before your horse was in riding shape and could begin doing more extensive work such as dressage? Thanks for your input.