There was a recent ruling for the Pegasus World Cup race coming up on January 27th.
The information came from the protocols issued for the security, medication and treatments allowed for the race.
"Any shockwave therapy needs to be administered no later than 10 days
prior to the Pegasus. The attending veterinarian will need to make an
appointment with security and a report must be submitted to chief
examining veterinarian within 24 hours.
On race day, no treatments will be permitted, other than Lasix, for
specifically designated horses."
Let's just pull this apart and get to the real meaning. Because shockwave-type treatments have always had the reputation of masking injuries via an analgesic effect, they are frequently used to numb the nerves so a horse can't feel the pain or injury and race. Of course, this ignores the obvious, that more damage is being done and this is not in the long-term interest in the horses health. This is typically referred to by some trainers as "nerving" - mask and not cure.
There are unethical trainers and owners who have, in the past, do treatments a day before a race. They do these treatments because they are analgesic - they could care less about rules, fairness or the horses health.
It took us our first two years in business to help judges, veterinarians and officials that we simply do not have any analgesic component to our treatments. We only heal.
Dogs, just like humans, are living longer, due to better medicine and diets. And just like humans, dogs are experiencing the same issues - pain, aches, inflammation.
On our development board is a K9 dog bed that would treat dogs when they lay down for a nap. We have had many anecdotes from our equine customers about how their dogs love being treated and they notice a difference in how they move and feel shortly after their treatments.
Stay tuned for more news on our companion animal product!
We recently caught up with Laura Cazares of New World Thoroughbreds to get a better idea of who she is and what she does.
Laura discovered her love of horses when she was a child. She would read every book on horses as well as visit her friends to spend time with their horses. She visited a racetrack and fell in love with the whole world of racing horses, eventually landing a job as a hotwalker at a track, then moving on to be a groom. Eventually she got her license and started on the path to where she is today.
Laura has a unique ability to bring out the best in her horses and she credits this to her connection with horses. "Every horse has a unique soul," Laura said. "And it's up to us to discover who they are." Laura understands that each horse has traveled a different path to get where they are and if you understand and relate to these background stories, you can bond with these unique animals. She also understands how physiological differences impact their performance and ability to train at different levels.
"Some horses have certain mental issues that make them a bit more difficult to work with," Laura said. Laura had a very angry filly that took her over a year to reach and get her to trust and relax. "She now goes out and gives us 110% when she trains!"
Laura understands that the most important aspect to her success is listening to her horses. They tell her what they are feeling and what they're willing to do. It's this open communication that is so thrilling and vital to success on the track.
Laura has bonded and taught many horses in her life but this isn't a one way street. She knows that horses have taught her how to communicate better, listening first, then responding.
In the end, horses are part of her life and she looks forward to continuing her journey with her ever growing family!
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Hard to believe it is now 2018. We're hoping that everyone had a safe holiday season and now it's time to get back to work.
We're hard at work here developing a couple of new products and we are looking forward to an awesome year filled with surprises. Can't release any details yet but we're quite excited! We'll keep everyone posted!