Horse Power

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And without further ado, here is our official logo (you may have seen we updated our other social media accounts already)! We have a few variations, but this is our primary version. Please let us know what you think! 

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Practice of Medicine

We have come to realize -- with far more clarity than we care to have -- why they say it’s the “practice of medicine”. Because sometimes veterinarians, despite their best intentions and expertise, simply don’t know what’s going on with a specific case. And that specific case is our very own Buddha. As it turns out he does not have soft tissue damage to his collateral ligament as previously thought. During the lameness exam this past week he was actually worse than before we put him on controlled rest four months earlier. Which redirected everything back to degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis. Specifically the most likely culprit, as we narrow things down, is his pastern joint or what is also known as "high ringbone."

Buddha underwent a 10 minute sterile prep after which 100 mg of Depomedrol (Methylprednisolone Acetate) was injected via radiographic guidance into his right fore pastern joint; yes, he was sedated. Budhs is still on controlled rest for the next few days. Tuesday we shall do another lameness exam and see if that helped him. As we’ve learned this last week, voraciously researching all things ringbone, lots of horses can still continue an active career. The American Farriers Journal had an article that gave a good outline of a case study and lessons learned, and how corrective shoeing along with other treatments can bring a horse comfort and be sound with maintenance. So, another week of seeing what the future holds for Buddha and his dressage career.

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Lameness and Rehab

Tomorrow is the day! We are so excited, the four month mark for Buddha's controlled rest -- hopefully -- comes to an end! Bend Equine Medical Center and Dr. Wayne Schmotzer will be coming out to do a follow-up exam to include ultra sound and x-rays to see how our lovely boy is healing up. If all is well, then we can finally start the slow process of rehabbing Buddha back into peak condition and performance. However, it's possible that even though all is healing well, we may still need to take an extra month of controlled rest just to be on the safe side.

A great article, by the wonderful Dr. David Ramey, stated that pretty much controlled rest is the best healer: "At this point in time, no treatment has been shown to be more effective or quicker than controlled rest and rehabilitation in giving a horse with an injured tendon or ligament a chance to return to full function. That's right; no matter how eagerly you sweat, magnetize, "shockwave," or stem cell or laser or compression pump or bandage your horse's injured tendon or ligament, if you don't also give your horse adequate time for rest and rehabilitation, all of the expensive -- and quite probably unnecessary -- other stuff won't matter at all."

If you're wondering what a good rehab schedule looks like, or need an exercise protocol for an injured horse, look no further than Dr. Carol Gillis and her (PDF) paper on Rehabilitation of Tendon and Ligament Injuries; an oldie, but goodie from 1997.

We’ve been oh so patient, and Buddha has been oh so good, thankfully not turning into a fire-breathing dragon during his controlled rest; and also not living up to his namesake by getting overweight! Thank goodness for slow feeders and LMF Low Non Structural Carbohydrate pelleted feed. Ah, tomorrow, full of promise! 

"Blessed are the flexible for they shall never be bent out of shape."

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UX Design Mood Board

Mood board (noun): an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.

Horse Power's mood board, designed by Starboard, has been set and we're moving on in our user experience (UX) design process. It's so exciting to be making such progress! We hope you love the look and feel of our mood board as much as we do; because our Horse Power app will reflect it too! Any thoughts or feedback? Please let us know! We'd love to hear from you!

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