Cutting-Edge Equine Therapy
Those being treated however aren't your typical patients.
The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center, which opened up in June provides treatment and conditioning exercises to get the equine athletes literally back on their feet.
It was only a few short weeks ago that a yearling stallion named Hot Leer couldn't even walk. Hot Leer suffered from nerve damage to the shoulder, which caused him to stand on only three legs. As a last resort, his owners brought him to the sanctuary.
"They really were concerned that they weren't even going to be able to keep him alive," said Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center Spokesperson Tom Grabe.
But Grabe says, after a few months of building the muscle through electromagnetic pulse therapy, and with the use of an underwater treadmill called an Aqua Pacer, Hot Leer may be able to once again hit the race track.
"I think that for horses that are diagnosed with any kind of orthopedic problem, there's always some sort of rehabilitation period and this facility offers cutting edge rehabilitation," said UF Veterinary School Professor Michael Porter.
"We have an Aqua Pacer, an underwater treadmill, a swimming pool, a hyperberic chamber for horses, a cold salt water leg spa, a 5/8th's mile track," said Grabe. "We're on 26 acres so it truly is one of the finest places in the world."
The center already has about one hundred clients, and treats around ten horses a day although they expect that number to increase in the months to come.
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