Equine lameness can be discouraging and expensive to treat. I’ve been dealing with a less-than-sound horse for over a year. Several x-rays, ultrasounds, months on stall rest, shockwave treatments, two MRIs and a stay in the vet hospital later, as of Thanksgiving, she was still noticeably lame.
Two weeks ago, I started the mare on cold laser treatments and Cur-OST EQ Plus GTF, a nutraceutical supplement formula purported to provide anti-inflammatory benefits. (Read more about my mare and why I’m trying the product here.)
Since starting the laser therapy and the Cur-OST, I have ridden her mostly at the walk for 15-30 minutes daily. Last week’s snow kept the horses inside. I assumed I would arrive to find the puffy stocked up legs of a horse who hadn’t moved much in 48 hours. All four legs were clean and tight.
This weekend, I added a few straight line passes of trot. The mare felt more comfortable. By Sunday, she was offering trot without being asked. On Monday, the vet agreed the mare had improved significantly on a straight line, moderately to the left, and somewhat to the right.
Especially with the holidays, my wallet is feeling light lately. And the supplement is costly. The easy rides, the laser, the passage of time, the Cur-OST, or some combination seems to be helping my horse. I’m not a vet. I don’t claim to understand if, why, or how treatments succeed or fail. I’m just a girl who loves a horse. With that in mind, I ordered a new shipment.
Though the gift at the top of my list won’t come in a box, a happy healthy year for this special mare would be a Christmas miracle all the same. I’m choosing to believe this one will come true.
P.S. What’s on the top of your Christmas list?