So here goes: Monk tore a left front suspensory back in 2012 at the Texas trials for a WEG in England. They had a 1/4 mile of boggy trail that you had to use 10 times, and we are guessing that a rear end slip was the cause of the injury, but who knows. He was lame and was pulled, thinking it was a right hind.
A few days after the trials I took Monk to UC Davis in Ca. He was not lame, they pocked and prodded and even did a acupuncture session. We did a ultrasound as a part of the examination and found a tear mid suspensory on left front.
Lots of options for treatment, we did them ALL...
PRP, platelet rich plasma injections
Stem cell harvesting and treatments
Plus lots of walking, and that is done from day ONE, 30 min a day, with gradual increase.
Part of the problem with the equine lower leg is that there is not much circulation. More circulation means faster healing. Besides the walking you can use laser and ultrasound. I bought both and treated MONK at least once a day and sometimes twice.
We hand walked for the first few weeks and then switched to the quad.. I have a 1/10 mile track around the backyard, so round and round we went.
Monk went back to UC Davis for regular visits, for treatments and progress reports on the healing process.
As we walked and walked I started thinking about the large panel driving walkers. I decided I would make my own, but instead of using corral panels I would use a light weight electrified panels to confine. I started out with a small trailer, put some leveling feet on it, bought and tore down a treadmill and used the motor and controller. After a month or so I had a working model, I only enclosed one of the six panels and started walking Monk it daily. I set my iPhone up on the deck and aimed at the RDR (round d round) and watched him walk on the ipad, while I sat in my easy chair, RDR he went.
Here are some pictures of our last trip to UC Davis. My granddaughters got to go with, the older one, Marin was the designated photographer so no pictures of her. Macy is the groom for today's adventure.
|Macy standing on trailer fender, making MONK pretty for the Doctor.|
|She makes my heart sing......|
|The vet pulled off one of MONK's chestnuts, it was way cool for one, and gross for the other.|
|Just say NO to drugs....|
|I think this was the 3rd time she put him on the scale.... it reads it KG..|
|Grandpa in paying the bill, again.......|
So, MONK has been busy getting all healed up. He works multiple hours in the RDR and gets lightly ridden a couple of times a week. My plan is for him to spend another 30 days in the RDR and then back to Davis for a ALL CLEAR check and then gradually back to some real conditioning. We are still looking forward to the WEG trails if MONK is up for it, but we won't know about that for some time.
I have to say, that this adventure with MONK, both the good and the bad have been a great adventure. What really came to mind was that when different things in your life cause you to choose to take one path or another it you usually do not notice or remember why that decision was made. With the MONK adventures it always seems to be a very distinct. This injury and the rehab process has brought me on another adventure with a new company we formed named 360 Equine LLC,
I will start another blog for 360 Equine LLC with lots of pictures of the newest models. This all started because of MONK's injury. Website will be www.360Equine.com, email is 360Equine@gmail.com, we also have a toll free number 888-858-4174 or text to 530-613-5324
The 360 Equine equine exercisers will be trailer or ground mounted, and size will range from 45' and up. Custom builds will be possible. We have our own CNC Plasma so we can do custom ranch Logo's and paint schemes. Controls and programs will be state of the art and custom programs will be available. We are currently playing with controlling the unit from your Ipad or Android while watching live video. We will have live video available soon of working horses.
Prices will start at $7995.00 excluding shipping and tax.
Onto our next adventure..