If we identify a musculoskeletal injury, we may need to design a graded return to exercise. We can write the program for you to perform at home, or alternatively, we have a treadmill, stables and yards to rehabilitate your horse back to soundness. We also have a shockwave machine and therapeutic laser for the management of musculoskeletal injuries.
At Motion Equine Centre, we have an over ground treadmill at our facility. We use the treadmill for two main purposes:
The major benefits of utilising a treadmill in training or rehabilitating the equine athlete is we can alter the speed and intensity of a workout, change the incline of the treadmill, the horse is exercising in a straight line, the surface is consistent and firm, and we can use aids such as bungy’s to change head position or use the Equiband to improve core strength and hindlimb engagement.
Straight line exercise can reduce torque on tendons, ligaments and joints when compared to a horse working in a circle.This is important for rehabilitating certain injuries such as a collateral ligament of the coffin joint, for example.
The treadmill also allows for training at varying speeds and gaits - walk, trot, canter and gallop (max 42 km/h). We can also work the horse on an incline to change joint angles and engage different muscle groups.
While on the treadmill, we can also alter the horses’ head position - this is important for engaging the core and strengthening the abdominal muscles. To further improve core strength and balance, we utilise the EquiBand system. The EquiBand system utilises a saddle pad and two elastic bands - one under the abdomen just behind where the riders leg would sit and a second band behind the horses’ hindquarters. The abdominal band helps with core strength while the band behind the hindquarters enhances proprioception which is important to manage poor engagement, improve muscle development and aid in recovery of neurological conditions affecting the hindlimbs.
The treadmill is a great way to cross train your horse - maybe its a month long session in the off season or using the treadmill once a week while in competition mode, we can tailor a package to suit your horses’ needs. Alternatively, if your horse has been diagnosed with a tendon, ligament or joint injury, chat to us today about designing a custom rehabilitation program
A shockwave is an acoustic (pressure) wave with very high amplitude used to manage musculoskeletal injuries in animals and humans. The shockwave transfers energy to tissue at a focal point. This energy transfer is thought to enhance the formation of blood vessels which can improve healing. In the horse, shockwave appears to be most effective at the bone-tendon-ligament junction. Areas commonly treated with shockwave in the horse include
Proximal suspensory ligament
Suspensory ligament branches
Facet joints of the neck and back
Collateral ligaments of the coffin, pastern, fetlock, hock and carpus joints
Recently, studies have shown that the use of shockwave can enhance healing of wounds, particularly of the lower limb
Shockwave should be utilised as part of a graded exercise program and is typically used every 2-3 weeks for 3-6 consecutive treatments. We have a package available for horses that require multiple treatments, particularly for horses with injuries to the suspensory ligament or collateral ligaments.
3 Shockwave Sessions for $770 giving a total saving of $220
What is a laser?
Low Level Lasers use light at specific wavelengths and varying frequencies to enhance healing of the soft tissue. The light energy has a positive effect on the physiology of individual cells to improve the healing process. Low Level Lasers are used for wound healing, tissue regeneration, inhibiting inflammation and pain.
How does laser therapy work?
Laser light of a defined wavelength stimulates physiological processes at a cellular level - this is known as photobiostimulation. Lasers bundle only those portions of natural light that are most effective for healing.
What injuries can we use Low Level Laser to manage the equine athlete?
As mentioned - Low Level Laser can be used to manage soft tissue injuries. These include
Tendon and ligament injuries such as flexor tendinitis, suspensory ligament desmitis etcWoundsCellulitis or swelling
Because of the healing properties of Low Level Laser they need to be used on a daily basis for the first 5 days. After that they can be utilised on a reducing frequency such as every 2-3 days for a following 2-4 weeks. Because of this, we typically like to have the horse at the hospital initially and use laser in combination with a graded exercise program.
We have a package available for horses that require multiple treatments - call us today for more information
10 Laser Sessions for $475