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Is Laser Therapy Right for Me or My Animal?

Cold Laser Therapy, which is also known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), is used to improve tissue repair, reduce inflammation and pain.

The treatment has been proven to help relieve pain in areas like the neck and also in rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Cold laser has many other uses, including helping wounds heal and treating muscle, tendon, bone or nerve damage.

Because the light beam triggers the repair of damaged cells in its path, without the need for the therapist to identify the exact problem, it can lead to a reduction or resolution of hundreds of different illnesses or conditions.

In horses, laser therapy has proven useful and effective in treating hoof abscesses, bone chips, navicular problems, and laminitis.

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Technological Advances for Healing Injuries

Most horse owners have heard of stem cell therapy for their injured horses. A new form of treatment was approved by the FDA this spring. It is a form of stem cell therapy that is injected under the skin and combined with supplements that are targeted to treat specific conditions.

Some of the conditions that have successfully responded to StemPhase are: soft tissue injuries, arthritis, spinal problems, neck problems, suspensory and other ligament injuries, navicular, ring bone, side bone. It also seems to speed healing for post operative equine patients.

In clinical trials, almost all horses had a high cure rate with no negative side effects. 90% of the 1800 horses were cured with a single injection. For horses that have seemed beyond help, there is hope!

What Do You Think of Barefoot Trimming?

Thermal imaging now allows us to see that horse shoes reduce circulation to the foot. Shoes are placed on the hoof when it is unloaded and because of their rigidity, the hoof cannot expand on loading as nature intended, thus interfering with the circulatory system of the foot.

Proponents of barefoot trimming say it reduces the occurrence of arthritis, navicular disease, back and joint pain. Far from the high tech shock absorption of modern athletic shoes for humans, the horse’s shoes INCREASE the effects of impact many times.

I would love to hear feedback on this topic. I am open to all improvements in technology that reduce injury and pain. Is it possible for upper level event, dressage, jumpers, etc. to compete successfully barefoot?

How Deficiencies Affect Your Horse

Here is a partial list of what happens when your horse is missing a vital nutrient:

Calcium and Magnesium: arthritis, founder

Magnesium: mastitis, nervousness, breathing problems, ringbone, splints, warts

Copper: fungus, anemia, cancer, infertility, wood chewing, herpes, ringworm, cribbing, worms

Vitamins A&D: infertility, conjunctivitis, kidney stones

Sulfur: lice, inability to assimilate selenium

Potassium: navicular, urinary stones

Boron: arthritis, soft bones

The Dangers of Soft Footing

My post of July 2 speaks of the hazards of too hard footing. On the flip side, in very soft footing the heels are prevented from performing their necessary braking action. This increases the risk of navicular bone fracture, and strains to ligaments, particularly the check ligament, deep flexor, and superficial tendon. A balanced and elastic body can withstand a lot, but it is best to avoid deep footing, especially at the faster gaits.

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