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*Reprinted from The Horse Report (April 2011) with permission from the Center for Equine Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.

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A publication of the Center for Equine Health • School of Veterinary Medicine • University of California, Davis

Platelet-Rich Plasma: Improving Treatment for Tendon and Ligament Injuries


ll horses are subject to tendon and ligament injuries, regardless of breed or whether they are performance horses or ridden for the occasional trail ride. Like human athletes, athletic horses are at greater risk by virtue of their occupation. These injuries are notorious for slow, poorquality healing and a high reinjury rate and can be serious enough to end an athletic career. Until recently, many different methods were used to treat injured tendons and ligaments, but all of them were palliative, not curative. With recent advances made in the field of regenerative medicine, both stem cell therapy and another

INSIDE THIS ISSUE… Platelet-Rich Plasma ................. 1 Director’s Message ................. 2 Aidan’s Long Road to Recovery ............................ 7 The Horse Report To Be An Online Publication ......... 10 Dr. K. Gary Magdesian Named to Endowed Chair... 10 AAEP Names Carrie J. Finno Past Presidents’ Fellow ........ 10 Rocky’s Story .........................11

component of regenerative medicine known as platelet-rich plasma are more widely available than ever before and offer vastly improved healing. The goal of this approach is to create real tendon tissue instead of scar tissue. Tendons and ligaments are composed of fiber-like connective tissue elements that are carefully aligned in longitudinal bundles that run in the direction of force or pull on the entire structure. These bundles of fibers are grouped together, beginning in small units, then combined with others to form larger and larger parallel fiber bundle groups, much like the structure of a cable on a bridge.

The alignment of fibers in the long axis of this “biological cable” is integral to the tendon or ligament’s ability to stretch under load while maintaining its strength and integrity. The parallel alignment of the fibers allows for maximum strength and longitudinal elasticity with minimal total cross-sectional area (size). The tendon or ligament becomes injured when the load placed on it exceeds the combined strength of the entire fiber bundle groups (i.e., cable strength). The — Continued on page 3

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Volume 29, Number 1 - April 2011 Platelet-Rich Plasma —Continued from page 1 injury is similar to stretching a piece of elastic too far so that it does not return to its original size and cannot sustain the load it could before being overstretched. Damage often involves tearing or rupturing individual fibers or fiber bundle groups. The fibers fray, tear, and lose their integrity perpendicular to the long axis (the direction of pulling force) of the tendon or ligament. The illustration below shows these fiber bundles and how the individual fibers fray upon injury. The degree of damage depends on the number of fibers torn.

Illustration depicting individual fiber bundles that make up tendons and ligaments. Injury causes the individual fibers to fray.

The alignment of fibers in the long axis of this “biological cable” is integral to the tendon or ligament’s ability to stretch under load while maintaining its strength and integrity. Illustration by Robin Peterson.

Clinical signs can be quite varied. Acute injuries are often characterized by heat, swelling and pain on palpation of the affected area. Lameness can range from mild to severe and may be somewhat transient, sometimes lasting only a few days. Chronic injuries often result in persistent thickening of the tendon or ligament and an intermittent or persistent lameness. UC Davis Center for Equine Health

The gold standard for diagnosing these injuries in horses is by ultrasound examination. Normal tendons and ligaments show a long, linear fiber pattern and an evenly white appearance when viewed on cross-section. Injuries show a disrupted fiber pattern and a black or gray appearance.

Regenerative Medicine for Tendon and Ligament Repair Healing of tendons and ligaments is more difficult than healing of tissue in other parts of the body. While the body has the ability to produce new connective tissue for repair, with tendons and ligaments it does not organize the tissue into the original structure of longitudinal bundles of fiber. Therefore, with traditional therapies, the repair rarely recreates a structure that can match its original strength or function. Over the past several years, mesenchymal stem cells have been used in clinical trials at UC Davis to treat tendon and ligament injuries and the results have been very promising. Recently, stem cells were used to treat a torn superficial digital flexor tendon in a racehorse followed by a long and carefully controlled rehabilitation period. Eighteen months after injury, the horse returned to the racetrack only to win his first race. While these results are very encouraging, research is ongoing and outcomes continue to be evaluated over the long term. The Functional Molecular Biology Laboratory at UC Davis is developing methods to create engineered ligaments. The ligaments are being

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4 - The Horse Report Platelet-Rich Plasma —Continued from page 3 created from adult stem cells isolated from bone marrow, skin, muscle or ligament and calcium phosphate cements. Together with large animal veterinarians, experiments are being conducted to see how well these ligaments work in the body of a living animal. It is hoped that this collaboration will lead to the development of ligaments that can be used to repair joints in both humans and animals. Another component of regenerative medicine that has been successfully used to treat tendon and ligament injuries is platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which has been used in horses for about the past eight years, and for a longer time in humans. When injected into an injured site, PRP delivers a concentrated dose of platelets and the growth factors they contain. The goal of PRP treatment is to drive the repair process to improve healing and ultimately to regenerate the tissue at its original strength and resilience to produce a scarless repair. In a study published in 2008, Standardbred racehorses with severe suspensory ligament injuries were able to return to racing after PRP treatment. Since the degree of injury in these horses was severe enough to be considered career-ending, the results were impressive. It has seen rapid acceptance by equine veterinarians because it is easy to collect and produce and because early reports of treatments of orthopedic injury have been positive.

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What is Platelet-Rich Plasma? Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a concentration of platelets containing protein growth factors that are actively secreted by platelets to initiate all wound healing. These growth factors act to enhance access of healthy inflammatory cells to the area of tissue injury, the formation of new blood vessels and connective tissue, and regeneration of skin. PRP has been used to enhance bone healing, bone-implant security and wound healing. For over a decade PRP has been used in humans, originally by oral surgeons to help repair large defects in the jawbone and to accelerate soft tissue and bone healing. Since 1998, the effect of PRP on bone regeneration has been investigated extensively. In the field of dentistry, PRP has been used in different clinical procedures such as jaw reconstruction, cleft repair, treatment of periodontal defects and treatment of extraction sockets. It has also been used widely to treat wounds and orthopedic injuries. Human athletes have undergone PRP treatment during their active season of competition. PRP is always autologous; it is prepared from the patient’s own blood. Preparation of PRP is done in the hospital or clinic at the time of the patient’s visit and is available for treatment within less than an hour. A sample of the patient’s blood is withdrawn and processed in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma contains the platelets and some of the white blood cells. The platelets are then further concentrated into a smaller volume of plasma and the end result is PRP. UC Davis Center for Equine Health

Shown on the left is PRP in a gel form, which is used to repair tissue surgically. This form of PRP not only releases growth factors but also provides a scaffold for tissue regeneration. Shown on the right is PRP for administering as an injection.

The ultimate concentration of platelets can vary significantly according to preparation method but should be approximately eight times the concentration in the bloodstream in order to truly be considered PRP. Experimental studies have shown that the growth rates of cells from blood vessels, tendon, bone and stem cells all increased as the platelet “dose” in the PRP increased. Once prepared, the PRP is usually administered by injection into the injured tissue using ultrasound guidance. In horses, the procedure is done on the standing horse under sedation and local nerve block. It can also be used during surgical procedures in a gel or clot form to provide both a source of healing growth factors and as a scaffold for new tissue growth within the wound. PRP is also sometimes mixed with stem cells during surgery to support their growth within damaged tissue. Many studies in experimental animals, humans, and now horses

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Volume 29, Number 1 - April 2011 have demonstrated improved tendon repair after PRP treatment. In general, PRP is best for acute lesions such as a recent tendon bow and is less effective for chronic tendon lesions.

Not All PRP Is Created Equal Like almost all biological medical treatment methods, not all PRP products are alike. Depending on the processing method and device used, the number and cell purity of platelets concentrated into the small volume of plasma may vary. Platelets themselves contain inflammatory substances that can cause post-injection “flares” which, though rare, do require responsive therapy. Additionally, platelets need to be activated to release their growth factors. Unless the platelets are stimulated by such agents as thrombin or calcium before or during their injection, or through a freezethawing cycle before use, the desired growth factor release and thus tissue healing promotion may not occur. Thus, reports of poor or adverse results from PRP therapy may be due to improper production or handling of the product. Like all therapeutic methodologies, biological or otherwise, PRP treatment is not always successful and is highly dependent upon the timely administration of the product, at the proper dose, into an appropriate injury.

Ongoing Research on PRP Therapy at UC Davis Research at UC Davis is being conducted by Dr. Jamie Textor to examine the many variables involved in PRP preparation and treatment.

Her work examines some of these variables individually with the goal of optimizing PRP use to create the best treatment outcome. “The main question I’ve investigated is whether PRP should be used in a resting or activated form,” says Dr. Textor. “Platelets are very specific about when they release their growth factors, and they don’t do so unless they are activated, which occurs during clot formation. This makes sense because, under normal circumstances in the bloodstream, you only want platelets to form clots and release their contents when there is an injury. Otherwise unwanted clots will themselves cause problems. Most often, PRP has been used in horses in a resting form, meaning that nothing has been added to activate the platelets. We know that this works, but the margin of improvement may be much greater if we ensure that the growth factors are fully released from the PRP. It’s the growth factor content that we’re really after.” A recently published study by Dr. Textor showed that the injection process alone is not enough to activate PRP and that growth factor release is much greater when specific activation is performed. There are a number of ways to achieve that activation and she is currently comparing those methods with the goal of developing a standardized approach to PRP treatment in horses. Other PRP questions to be investigated are whether multiple treatments are more effective than a single dose, whether certain tissues respond to PRP treatment better than others, and whether PRP can be used to improve bone healing horses. Clinicians also want to know how best UC Davis Center for Equine Health

to combine PRP with stem cells or if certain injuries respond better to one agent than another. Although there is already a substantial body of PRP research across many species, there are still more questions than answers. Veterinary and human medical research on PRP will continue to be complementary in nature but also distinctly important. Although many concepts hold true between animals and people, certain features of PRP use are species-specific. For example, although PRP is widely used to treat complicated wounds in people, current research does not support its use for wound healing in horses. On the other hand, because Dr. Textor is studying the basic mechanisms of PRP effects on tissue, her work with equine cells will still be relevant to other animals and humans. Even as PRP techniques for horses are being refined in the laboratory, it is available as a same-day treatment at UC Davis, as it has been since 2006. At most hospitals, PRP is significantly less expensive than stem cell therapy and requires only a simple blood draw. It is rapidly and easily prepared and administered on site as a fresh product. PRP is just one of an ever-expanding number of regenerative medical techniques that are being developed and clinically applied by veterinarians and physicians. Each has its particular advantages and disadvantages and its appropriate indications for use. As always, consultation with your veterinarian and careful consideration of the pros and cons should take place before any of these treatments are applied to your horse. — Continued on page 6

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The Healing Process Key to the success of returning your horse to work, regardless of the medical therapy employed, is regular ultrasound evaluations to check the progress of healing throughout the rehabilitation. Injured tendons and ligaments should show a progression toward a more normal appearance in size, echogenicity and fiber pattern at each recheck exam. Consequently, the single most important factor to the recovery of athletic performance following tendon or ligament injury is to minimize the amount of damage to the structure to ensure that the fewest number of fibers within the ligament are torn. To do this, an early diagnosis of the damage is essential. The second most important factor to recovery is to start effective antiinflammatory therapy immediately. Injury to a horse’s tendons or ligaments is quickly followed by a pronounced inflammatory response characterized by increased blood flow and swelling within the ligament. While this initial response is designed to set the stage for eventual healing, if unchecked it can result in further damage to fiber bundle units adjacent to the damaged area and create an even larger loss of structural integrity. Finally, the healing of tendons and ligaments occurs very slowly, over a long period of time. These structures have minimal numbers of blood vessels within them by nature of their tight configuration of fiber bundles. Without a large blood flow,

Volume 29, Number 1 - April 2011 the tissues are not able to clean away the debris of damage and institute repair processes rapidly. As such, convalescent periods for horses with substantial tendon or ligament injuries are generally measured in months rather than days or weeks.

Rehabilitation Initially, stall rest with handwalking is required. Your horse should not have access to unrestricted exercise such as pasture or arena turnout during the first four to six months. The injured tendon or ligament cannot withstand sudden heavy loading during this time and is highly susceptible to injury. Your veterinarian can recommend a controlled exercise program—complementary to the horse’s medical treatment—that allows gradual loading of the tendon/ ligament in increasing amounts so that it can heal to the best of its ability.

Recheck ultrasound exams are generally performed every 60 days to assess healing and to prevent injury. Ultrasound can detect evidence of tendon or ligament damage before a new injury occurs. Perhaps the most important factor in a horse’s full recovery from a tendon or ligament injury is patient and owner compliance. Some horses tolerate confinement better than others. A rehabilitation program requires patience and commitment. Because it can be difficult to work with a fit horse that is suddenly not able to exercise, consult your veterinarian to develop a recovery plan that works for you and your situation. In the end, this plan will give you the best chance to have your horse return to his preinjury level of function. ❄

DR. JAMIE TEXTOR received her veterinary medicine degree from Colorado State University and completed a residency in large animal surgery at Cornell University. She was board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2003 and has worked as a surgeon in New Zealand and Australia as well as at UC Davis. She is currently pursuing a PhD in comparative pathology at UC Davis, studying the role of platelets in health and disease.

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Murphy’s Law One week before the National Show 2014 Candela my champion breeding mare has an injury! The trainer calls and says “Candela does not seem to be working properlyshe is not as smooth as usual. She doesn’t feel like she has sore musclesit is different. Candela does not appear to be lame but let’s call the vet.” Upon examination the vet is able to detect some heat and swelling in the deep flexor tendon, and he recommends about 3 months of rest. As usual, my best thinking occurs at night and I awake thinking about Tupac, my old stallion whom I sold. He had an injury in the States, was given stem cell therapy, and recovered totally. Also, I had another champion mare whom had an injury and was told to give her some time off which was not successful. (That is another story.). Time to be pro-active. I arose early and then checked out Moore & Company’s website to see whether or not they did stem cell therapy and they did. As soon as it was possible I called my vet. After a little bit of telephone tag we connected and I quizzed him about using stem cell therapy. Chris said that this could be a possibility but an ultra-sound would be necessary to determine if she would be a candidate for this type of regenerative therapy as a specific lesion site is necessary. On Monday morning, the ultrasound was performed and Candela was found to have a significant tear in her deep flexor tendon. I don’t know if I

was happy or sad but at least we could try some of the new regenerative therapies This hopefully would encourage real tendon tissue creation instead of scar tissue. She had a tear, and thus there was a site for injection. Chris recommended that we try PRP in lieu of a stem cells. He said they have found stem cells are not effective until 30 days post trauma. Also he has been having good results with PRP. They typically use stem cell treatments if PRP has not been successful. PRP is more cost efficient and less invasive. Candela was taken to the vet clinic, blood was withdrawn, centrifuged, and then injected into the lesion site with ultra-sound guidance. All this was done within an hour with mild sedation and she was sent back home for stall rest. Candela was kept in her stall for 2 months. Luckily she was put in a large stall by the barn entrance where she was entertained and spoiled by those who walked by. Time was up. Now another ultra-sound was ordered. This showed her to have healed very well. The tendon was clean and tight. When lunged outside on hard ground, she showed no lameness. The vet was pleased with the outcome and now Candela was allowed to go in a small pen outside. Needless to say Candela was thrilled to go outside again which was evidenced by her enthusiasm. Since then her pen has been increased in size and she is showing no signs of lameness. She is to be re-ultra-sounded prior to beginning work in the spring. Will she be show ready next season? Time and slow rehabilitation next spring will tell. I have reprinted two of the articles which I found while researching treatments. Comments.

Suzanne Brown.

Sunday, Sept. 14 arrived sunny and crisp for the third annual OPHA Wine Tour on Horseback in Prince Edward County, Ontario. 17 trailers and 45 participants began arriving at the west gate of “Healing with Horses” owned by one of our Board Members, Suzanne Latchford. After checking in with President Luis Fiallos to sign waivers and get parking instructions, the beautiful array of horses began being unloaded and getting tacked up for an exciting adventure in the County. Shortly after 10 a.m. we were off on the Millenium Trail heading to our first stop at Hinterland, the only winery in the County producing sparkling wines! The staff at the winery quickly arrived to start filling glasses in preparation for our signature Champagne Ride. Valerie Henderson put the participants through their paces. When it was narrowed down to 3 competitors, the pace was quickened and in the end, when the levels of champagne in the glasses were examined, the winner was declared to be Belinda Betz!

More delightful “bubbly” was sampled and purchased by the riders and then we were off to the Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Winery where picnic lunches had been ordered. After securing the horses, the riders enjoyed delicious sandwiches, salads and dreamy desserts as well as some of the wines produced by the Grange.

When the horses started getting a little restless it was off again, this time along roads lined with sumac, fall

flowers and vineyards. Valerie and Norman followed behind the riders with their spanky new wagon drawn by Penny and Clyde, their beloved Belgians. Six nonriders enjoyed the comforts of the wagon along the route. Arriving at the two wineries across from each other on Clossen Rd., Lacey Estates and Lift Haus, we were treated once again to some of their unique wines and a chance to visit.

The final and longest lap of the journey brought us to Karlo Estates where we were entertained and educated on the art of food and wine pairing. In the rustic renovated hayloft of their 1880 post and beam barn, we learned many new facts about tasting wine. To complete our experience we enjoyed a sampling of the port-style VanAlstine red named for Peter VanAlstine, the first Loyalist to settle in Prince Edward County and the original owner of the acreage in 1799 where Karlo Estates now does business. Another wonderful day for horses and humans!

Horses For Sale Mares

Geldings RSTD Espiritu


2000 Chestnut Gelding (Mensajero de Paijan x RSTD Canela Salvaje)

Espiritu has been a working ranch horse for Rick. He is intelligent and loves to work. If you're an intermediate rider looking for a horse with a strong, smooth gait that's fun to ride, Espiritu may be the one for you.

RSTD Sucesor


2007 Chestnut Gelding (Domingo Real RM x JWF Aleli) Sucesor is a U.S. National and Canadian National Luxury Gelding, as well as Laureado Regional Champion of Champions Luxury Gelding. Big and powerful with tons of presence and impeccable ground manners.

RSTD El Maestro


RSTD Gabriela


2007 Bay Mare (Espejo De Peru x RSTD Fabula) Gabriela is a stunning, high energy, bay mare whose pedigree boasts Mariscal on her sire's side and Jade & Ultimatum on her dam's side. She was Canada's High Point Bozal Horse in 2011 before taking a year off to have a baby in 2012. She has another beautiful baby by her side at present, but is now finished in the bit and will be ready to roll in the fall!

RSTD Lindeza


2009 Bay Mare (RSTD Volador x RSTD Fabula) Now in the bit, this dark bay filly has potential to shine in Pleasure/Performance or on the trail. She has a super smooth gait with good timing and did well at her first show this season. She is in foal to RSTD Gustavio for a 2015 foal. Possession of the foal is negotiable.

2011 Chestnut Gelding (Espejo De Peru x TMR Coronita) This big 3 year old gelding is super friendly and quite sensitive. He is a luxury gelding prospect for an intermediate rider.

RSTD El Viajero


2009 Chestnut Gelding (RDLF Don Alberto x RSTD Veranera)

Viajero is just fresh in the bit. When it comes to grooming, tacking, bathing, feet, etc., he's a rock star! He has great potential in the show ring as a Performance or Pleasure Gelding and is super smooth!!

RSTD Exceptional


2011 Chestnut Gelding (*ERM Espontaneo x JRU Sabrina) This son of ERM Espontaneo and full brother to Canadian National Breeding Stallion RSTD Gustavio, is a gem. He has an "exceptional" personality, is very willing and easy going and is going to make a wonderful performance/trail gelding that anyone can ride.

RSTD Ravel


2006 Chestnut Gelding (RDLF Don Alberto x RSTD Fabula) After earning many Champion of Champion titles, Ravel has found his niche on the trails, not bothered by water, mud, traffic. This striking 15 hh gelding has worked with and around cattle and seems to love it. He is smooth, with strong pasterns and excellent feet. This guy has never had a lame day in his life. He has an abundance of brio so a confident rider please.

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RSTD Abril


2011 Chestnut Mare (Espejo De Peru x Encima) This filly is super friendly, always the first one to come and greet you. She loves attention and is easy to catch. She is currently in bozal learning all about obstacles out in the real world. She is cautious with new things but just needs a second look before moving past it. She continues her trail training, riding among cattle, crossing creeks and with traffic.

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Ringstead Ranch Owners: Rick and Deb Cones Training by: Pedro Cantaro & Emma Thurn Email: Phone: (403) 860-9763 (403) 540-4841

6027 VLA RD Chase, BC V0E 1M0

Training with Maestro Oscar Vasquez S. Oscar can make your horse more responsive, calmer and both trail wise and show ready. We are very pleased with Oscar’s talented and dedicated work. Learn what your horse can do when trained in a true relaxed collection & lateral flexion. Learn what you can do!

“It’s like having a whole new horse!”

Oscar training the Spanish Walk at Liberty

A few spaces available— need a horse started or retrained?

Oscar works with all breeds and trains to first level dressage and higher. His unique horsemanship can save you months of struggling.

Call to reserve and ask about special trail training!

Season Runs April through October

Peru National Show & Breeders Tour April 11—19, 2015

Duration: Nine to 14 days Style: “Comfort and Elegance” Fitness Level: Should be comfortable walking. Tour Highlights: See the National Show — 500+ horses Tour Lima Cultural Sites & Pre-Inca Ruins Visit Peruvian Horse Breeding Farms Include an Optional Trip to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Or Horseback Riding on the Beach— beginners or experienced riders welcome!

Tack Do you and your horse deserve a new saddle or headgear?


Pricing is excellent at $1850 Show tour $2850 with Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley Airfares are Good! We are Booking Now!

Call for additional custom itineraries or group pricing.

Exquisite 16’ saddle with detailed carving and fancy trim. Beautifully carved stirrups, padded seat, double leather tailpiece. Modern wide tree $1550 Cdn+ GST

Medium & Fine braided headgears $850 to $1025 Cdn + GST

Visit us at the ranch or see us at the shows Trainer Oscar Vazquez, Owners Dale & Mimi Downey Dale Downey and Mimi Busk-Downey

Crescent Moon Ranch PO Box 449 Acme, Alberta T0M 0A0 Email: Phone (403) 546-4331

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Shock Wave of the Future HEALTH CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED MARCH 2011 | BY: KEITH MCCALMONT * Reprinted courtesy of Canadian Thoroughbred

First used on humans, shock wave therapy is controversial but proving to be a popular treatment for tendon, ligament and many other injuries in racehorses. Injuries are par for the course in any high performance sport, so it’s no shock that thoroughbred race horses will sometimes need a tune up. However, what might come as a surprise is that one of the most effective treatments is shock wave therapy. “I find if you are treating an acute flare up such as a crack in a splint bone it works really well to promote healing. For tendon injuries it works really well. It is used for all kinds of treatment,” advises Judith Koenig DVM, Associate Professor of Large Animal Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College located at the University of Guelph. Shock waves are high-pressure, low frequency sound waves, applied to the specific injured area. As the shock waves meet tissue interfaces of varying densities, the kinetic energy within the shock waves is released and combines with the tissue. “It is routinely used for both soft tissue injuries as well as orthopedic injuries and it seems to work by increasing growth factors and to promote healing of tissue,” explains Dr. Koenig. “It has been proven scientifically to work by increasing growth factor levels in tendon healing and for bone, it has been scientifically proven to increase the number of cells that generate bone.” It is a treatment that was first used to assist human beings with kidney stones, allowing the breaking up of the stones without the need for invasive surgery. The process is also a common treatment for heel spurs,

tendon issues and ‘tennis elbow’. Although there are many equine orthopedic conditions similar to these human ailments that mimic soft tissue injuries and trauma to the interface of ligaments with bone, there are varying opinions on the use and scope of shock wave treatment. “I just came back from a symposium on shock wave therapy, and to give you an idea how controversial it is, there are people who use shock wave for crooked legs in foals. They put the shock wave on one side of the joint and say that ‘you have to put it here,” starts Dr. Koenig. “However, then there will be another group from another continent that put the shock wave on the other side of the joint and both groups say they have success. There are some things that are not investigated.” Despite the conflicting reports, there are numerous real life success stories in the thoroughbred racing industry. Woodbine-based trainer John LeBlanc is a staunch proponent of shock wave treatment. “I’ve used it quite a bit. I’m a fan of it and I’ve had some very good success,” states LeBlanc. “There are different shock wave machines that are available. Some are wide spectrum shock wave and then there’s the very narrow beam type of shock wave.” LeBlanc notes Toronto Equine Hospital, led by Daryl Bonder, DVM, as a top clinic that used shock wave therapy to assist his first stakes winner, Hopeful Moment, back to the winner’s circle. “Dr. Bonder had a very big machine at his clinic and he was able to pinpoint a spot and isolate a very specific area which was fabulous for injuries where a horse (Hopeful Moment) had torn his ligament away from the back of his knee and actually took a piece of bone with it,” explains LeBlanc. “Dr. Bonder shock waved that area and it healed it well enough for the horse to come back and make over $200,000 and win a stake race. He was my first stakes winner and he had absolutely no re-occurrence with that injury further on in his racing career.” Hopeful Moment, winner of the 2001 Shepperton Stakes at Woodbine, is now enjoying his retirement at LeBlanc’s farm in Rosemont, Ontario. The veteran conditioner has been sending out winners since 1992 and has enjoyed multiple successes with the treatment.

“I’ve used it on shins, tendons, ligaments and I even used it on a horse who had a collapsed jugular vein,” says LeBlanc. “The vet came in to do some shock wave and we did an experiment to see if we can rejuvenate it. She shock waved the area and it was back to normal within a couple days. I think it’s a great machine used in the right manner.” LeBlanc, a caring horseman and longtime supporter of LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, thinks of the horse first and appreciates that the treatment is no miracle cure. “The healing powers (of shock wave therapy), if you allow the body time to do the healing, are exceptional,” starts LeBlanc, and offers the following scenario. “If a horse bucks it shin, it’s body will lay down the calcium. Now, it may not lay down as much calcium to heal that area as quickly as when we shock wave it. When you shock wave, the body says ‘we really have to heal this’. It speeds up the body’s response. At the same time, you need to let the body do the healing as well. That’s where some people might get confused with this being a wonder tool or drug. It’s not a onetime use and you’re good. You still need to give it time to heal.” Owners expecting a quick fix for their injured horses must be forewarned what ORC rule 15.37 provides: The use of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy or Radial Pulse Wave Therapy shall not be permitted on any race horse unless the following conditions are met: (a) the treatment took place a minimum of 4 days (96 hours) prior to competing in a race; (b) the treatment using the Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy or Radial Pulse Wave Therapy machine was conducted by a veterinarian licensed by the Commission as a veterinarian; (c) any treatment received while on the grounds of the Association was through the use of an Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy or Radial Pulse Wave Therapy machine owned and operated by a veterinarian licensed by the Commission; and a record of the treatment, including the date and time, is maintained as part of the record of the horse. The rule is written sternly to prevent unscrupulous types from using the treatment to numb an injured area to give the horse the appearance of being healthy.

“If it is used properly it is a great tool,” states Dr. Koenig. “I think it has a lot of potential to promote healing but unfortunately if it is used inappropriately you can decrease pain if applied over nerves, for example. It can be used to make a horse look sound even though it is not, just by decreasing pain, because it has an effect on the nerve conduction.” An unsound horse on the racetrack is a danger to both horse and rider and the implication is not lost on those that govern the sport. In May of 2010, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) – which consists of 25 racing industry stakeholders and organizations that represent Thoroughbred, Standardbred, American Quarter Horse and Arabian racing – committed $450,000 to fund Dr. Heather DiMaio Knych and Dr. Mary Robinson for their post-doctoral research fellowship program. This funding supports the RMTC Drug Testing Initiatives Task Force, established in 2008 to improve drug testing and racing integrity. “This is another major step by the RMTC to implement the recommendations that I made at The Jockey Club Round Table Conference in August 2008 toward an improved drug testing program for U.S. racing,” advised RMTC Vice Chairman Alan Foreman in a recent press release. “We are beginning the process of developing our next generation of scientific experts in the equine industry who will be working with us on emerging medication problems. We hope the research of Drs. DiMaio Knych and Robinson will help us better regulate corticosteroids and shock wave therapy, which will be a major step in protecting the health and welfare of our equine athletes and the interests of the wagering public.” Although there is much left to be written regarding the most effective uses of shock wave therapy, it is encouraging that the industry continues to support the studies of experts here and abroad. A recent paper published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research by Andressa Silveira, DVM, under the supervision of Dr. Koenig, studied the effects of unfocused extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) on healing of wounds of the distal portion of the forelimb in horses. In the study, five superficial wounds were created on the limbs of six horses and treated with 625 shock wave pulses from an unfocused electrohydraulic shock wave generator. For comparison, the treatment was

randomly assigned with control wounds receiving a sham treatment. The study concluded that ESWT did not accelerate the healing but that the treated wounds demonstrated less proud flesh and appeared healthier than the control specimens. “We have shown a better quality of healing and less inflammation in the wound,” states Dr. Koenig who is already working on a second paper on the subject. “The next study is looking at the different level of growth factors and how shock wave affects wound healing. It seems that this treatment does have an effect and it is not a placebo.” For now, the study continues with the hope that the dramatic improvements to equine health continue to shock the industry – in a good way

CLASSIFIEDS AVO Peruvians It is with deep sadness that I need to have a herd reduction sale FOR SALE AVO El Nino (stallion) 18 YEARS OLD EXCELLENT BLOOD LINES. Can be ridden although hasn’t been ridden in the past few years. Very well behaved when breeding. (not sure what to ask for him but Asking $5000. 5yr old Grey Gelding (Avo El Nino X AVO Dulce Maria) . He has had some professional training . He is very well gaited and will make an all around show and pleasure horse . Asking $5500 5yr old Grey Gelding He is ready for training Very well gaited . His Dam is AVO Denitia. Asking $3500 2yr old Chestnut Filly She is very flashy, has great gait and nice brio Asking. $5000. obo Two - 2 yr old Geldings Both are well gaited.A very tall one is a bay and the other is a grey Asking $2500. All offers will be looked at. Call or email for more information Contact: Vicki Orlowski: email: or phone 780-922-4094

A beautiful life came to a sudden end He died as he lived,everyone’s friend. He was always thoughtful. loving and kind. What a precious memory he left behind. He left us suddenly,his thoughts unknown but he left us memories we are proud to own. Treasure him, god in your garden of rest. for in our world he was one of the best


In Memory Lynn Omohundro Passed Nov.12, 2014

First in G[it—C[n[^i[n N[tion[ls-St[llions @ND M[r_s! CM Laberinto (CM Inca Roca x *JRM Demanda)

1st Stallions Gait Trained by Oscar Vasquez Owned and shown by Dale Downey

CM Dulcinea (CM Innovación x CM Fiesta de Canada)

1st Mares Gait Trained and shown by Oscar Vasquez

Do W_ H[v_ Your Dr_[m Hors_? CM Innocencia 8 Year old winning mare and proven producer sire by US National Laureado stallion RSV Inolvidable. Full sister to our many times champion and champion of champions Breeding Division Stallion, CM Innovacion. Ready for show and breeding. $6,500

2013 Filly out of CM Innocencia— CM Catalunya is an example of what this mare can do for you.

Congratulations to Terri & Scott Stewart on purchasing CM Nazca!

Special horses may be available — including a stallion — to the right home. We strive for a great match between horse and rider. Call us or email for more information. Dale Downey and Mimi Busk-Downey

Crescent Moon Ranch PO Box 449 Acme, Alberta T0M 0A0 Email: Phone (403) 546-4331

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