We often hear of career-ending horse lameness, so it’s nice to have success stories, too. Margaret Smith’s 16-hand, six-year-old AQHA gelding, Invite Rumors, known as Roo, is one of those great success stories:
“Roo was horribly injured in a pasture accident in June of 2011,” Smith said. “His bone and tendons were exposed on his left hind leg, and by November we were desperate because the wound wasn’t responding to treatment.”
So Smith, who lives near Tallahassee, Florida, loaded up Roo and took him to The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center in Ocala, where General Manager Brenda McDuffee assigned cold saltwater spa therapy for the horse.
“The equine Cold Saltwater Spa is a vital treatment for reducing inflammation in lower leg injuries and accelerating the body’s natural healing processes,” McDuffee said. “Spa therapy can help treat injured tendons, ligaments, shins, hooves, wounds, cuts and bruises, which is exactly the injury that Roo was facing.
“When an injury is swollen, it cannot heal properly until swelling is reduced and controlled. By reducing swelling and encouraging damaged tissues to begin repairing, spa therapy triggers the start of the healing process. Once initial swelling is reduced, continued spa treatments can control any further swelling that may interfere with healing.”
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After a 10-day stay at The Sanctuary, Roo returned to Smith’s Heifer Hill Farm.
“I wish I would have taken Roo to The Sanctuary sooner, but the good news is that he is back! Just recently we competed at the Flying Color Farms show and we won the Adult Hunter Under Saddle class,” Smith said.
Smith added that she could never say enough great things about The Sanctuary, the staff and treatment Roo received while at the Ocala facility.
“Brenda, the General Manager of The Sanctuary, called me several times during Roo’s stay to keep me advised on his progress. Upon his departure, we were given easy to understand directions for after care.”
In addition to the Cold Saltwater Leg Spa, The Sanctuary is home to the Aqua Pacer Water Treadmill, the safest, most effective water treadmill available. The Sanctuary also features: an Equine Vibration Plate, an Equine Swimming Pool – a 110 foot long, 14 foot deep inline pool with therapeutic water; a 5/8 mile race track; two Eurocisers with therapeutic tracking surface – one under cover and one outdoors; Solariums; Temperature-controlled veterinary inspection areas with semi-surgical lighting, and rubberized surfaces in most areas.
To learn about the Sanctuary, visit their website.