With the Breeder’s Cup Championships right around the corner, the buzz from track to tack room is who will enter into the Hall of Champions. Since 1984, the Breeder’s Cup has produced champions that will be eternally written into the history books of these prestigious races. After October 31st, these victors will move on to lives of leisurely retirement, stud or broodmare roles, or will continue to challenge more contenders at the tracks in 2016.
However, not every racehorse is destined for this glory. Many are ruled out early on for a slew of reasons, one being an injury. A breakdown at the track is heartbreaking and can have devastating effects on the horse’s usability in the future, both on and off the track. These unfortunate souls are who Cytowave coined its’ research from. Instead of becoming pasture puffs or suffering from a far darker fate, we offer a second chance for the injured Thoroughbred; a chance where a second career becomes a possibility.
Three Part Monty did not have a promising start to his career. A 2010 gelding with War Admiral blood-lines, he lost all of his first three races. Uninterested and unfocused, the gelding’s racing career ended abruptly but not because of the lack of enthusiasm or purse money. During training, the gelding tore 40% of his tendon, leaving his career at the track behind and his future bleak with uncertainty. Cytowave however, stepped in.
"This was the worst tendon lesion complex I had ever seen," stated Richard Parker, inventor of Cytowave. And yet, in spite of the severity of the tear, it healed quickly. You can see the other scans here: Monte's Success Story
After only 12 weeks of treatment, the lesion healed leaving the question of “what next for Monty?”
Monty became one of Cytowave’s own first adopted race horses. Owned and trained by Cytowave member Alicia Szostak, Monty had a chance at an eventing career, which he excels at. This impassive gelding might not have had this opportunity without the effectiveness of Cytowave treating tendon lesions.
So the next time a big race comes around and the thundering of the hooves across the finish lines resonates in your ears and leaves you breathless, remember to give OTTBs like Monty a chance; the same chance you should give Cytowave.
How did you hear about Cytowave?
"Tammy Brockman works on our horses with massage and other techniques. She saw demo's of it and recommended it".
What condition did you want to treat?
"Travel sickness prevention. Both horses had been transported from Seattle and had arrived just days before. They had been in trucks or holding barns for 12 days. Both were very stressed and had mild coughs. We wanted to ensure there were no problems from the traveling."
How did you feel about the results?
"During the treatments both horses relaxed and obviously enjoyed the treatment. They were calm with no signs of restlessness, nervousness, or discomfort. After the treatments they were turned out and settled down very well, grazing, rolling, and sleeping. The coughs did not continue."
What would you tell someone who hasn't used Cytowave but is curious?
"Ask for a demo. I was concerned before I purchased the unit because we don't have performance injuries but we do need something for chronic problems and maintenance. At the demo we used it on a 21 year old mare with chronic laminitis. The effect on her was dramatic. Before the treatment she was lethargic and stiff. After the treatment she was energetic and running. "
As someone who heals both humans and horses, what are your thoughts on Cytowave technology?
"Healing is not just treating signs and symptoms. It's correctng the underlying cause of the symptoms. That's why it requires more than one treatment."
Alex Jackson and his wife Ariane have a farm in Brooksville and an Acupuncture clinic in Palm Harbor. They rescue horses, breed Akhal Tekes, and if that isn't enough, they have a small herd of cattle. They started rescuing horses in 2006 and in all, they have 23 horses. To read more about their rescue efforts and good work they do, read this article in the Tampa Bay Times and visit the Palm Bay Oriental Medicine website.
We just returned from a very successful FAEP show in sunny Naples, Florida. There were over 200 veterinarians attending and we were surprised at how many were from out of state. We received excellent feedback and interviewed a number of people. These interviews will be featured in a blog to be published this week. Stay tuned!
When interviewing our users, many of them will state that they can "see a difference" in how the horse looks. An area looks less inflamed or a horse "immediately feels better. I've always approached such statements, in any facet of my life, with a bit of trepidation and a healthy dose of skepticism. I decided to test it out myself and asked around the office. Turns out Melissa said her horse was having a bad time with a very sore back. I coaxed her into allowing me to videotape her treating her horse. Okay, it didn't take much effort to talk her into it. The results speak for themselves - you can watch below.
Cytowave's ability to rapidly reduce pain and swelling is something that we hear often but it is hard to document. Fortunately, we were able to see, clearly, the difference in the horses reaction to Melissa's touch, before and after a Cytowave treatment.
I recently spent the day at Payson Park, a massive 400 acre training facility just west of Palm City, Florida, owned by Virginia Payson.
As I was watching horses and jockeys on the track, I overheard a Cytowave representative who was attempting, not very successfully, to help a weathered looking trainer who appeared to be in his 80's, understand what Cytowave represented.
"It's Voodoo!" he exclaimed, presumably referring to any technology that came in a box. "It's all voodoo!"
That struck a nerve with me because it neatly summed up the Cytowave challenge - how to introduce what is essentially a new biotech product and do so to an industry that has been immersed in using techniques that haven't changed for fifty years or more.
The resistance is understandable, given that the industry is introduced to a new product / panacea, every week that claims to cure everything from laminitis to cancer. We get that, which is why our
approach is that there are two kinds of people in any industry - those who embrace change and new technology and are curious about the new, bright, shiny object. And then there are those who have heard it before, they're not easily impressed and they'll be the last to try a new product.
It's like water wearing on a stone - eventually enough anecdotal stories trickle down to the late adapters and they'll be intrigued by the results they're hearing. Eventually they get around to trying it out, if only out of fear of being the dinosaur about to go extinct. And that's okay..
That's one reason why we rely heavily on video testimonials. We prefer to let our customers do the talking. After listening to a couple of videos, you'll come to the conclusion that Cytowave is not voodoo.