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CAN THE THERAPLATE HELP TESS?…






I’m hoping that Tess just got really lucky…

Here’s the story:

Three weeks ago – when I got the call from the specialist vet who said he had conferred with several other specialists and that Tess’ venogram indicated that she would never recover and should be put down – I was desperate for answers/ideas/whatever to help my girl.

One idea came through a reader who said that she knew of a rehab facility that used a Theraplate with amazing results.

Hmmmmm

The rehab facility, Los Laureles Equine Rehab, looked phenomenal and I loved the facility (right where I want to live someday – Creston, CA) but I could see no way of transporting Tess for that long of a ride – let alone funding another long rehab stay.

However, the more I read about the Theraplate, the more I was interested to try it for Tess.

Could this new technology help her?!

Could this new technology help her?!

Theraplate in action.  Simple.  Passive muscle stimulation.

Theraplate in action. Simple. Passive muscle stimulation.

 

THERAPLATE

I had seen this device at the Western States Horse Expo.

Since the product didn’t speak to my needs at the time, I didn’t hang out in the booth.

But I should have… the Theraplate Home Page had two photos that not only spoke to me, they YELLED at me.

Venograms.

THIS is the photo series that got me.  A Venogram.  Tess' venogram was worse than this - and she was declared unfixable.  Yet, here was proof that the vessels did regenerate and bloodflow could come back!

THIS is the photo series that got me. A Venogram. Tess’ venogram was worse than this – and she was declared unfixable. Yet, here was proof that the vessels did regenerate and bloodflow could come back!

I was looking at a Before and After set of venograms.  And, to my eye, the ‘before’ was worse than Tess’.

As you can see, the venogram got better… circulation was improved.  This mare whose venograms I was staring at so closely, was going to be OK.

Wow.

MORE READING ON THE SITE

The more I read on the site, the more I thought I needed to try this.

Of course, when a product claims to do several things, usually it doesn’t.   However, what interested me was the passive nature of the device.  Since Tess cannot move for long periods of time, 20 minutes of standing on a device that works for her, could be a horsegodsend.

And, like I’ve said before, exercise (and healthy eating) can change a multitude of issues in a human, so why can’t a simple invention that stimulates muscles and circulation (passive exercise) – do the same for a horse?

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How can it help so many issues? I think the way ‘exercise’ helps so many issues… But whatever, since Tess cannot work her muscles right now, this is totally worth a try!!

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Totally sounds worth a try – especially after reading the testimonials.

HOW CAN I GET TESS ON ONE?!

There are no units nearby – and even if there were, the treatment is 3x a day… so she would have to be transported there and stay there.

The best idea would be to have one here… I wondered if I could rent one?

So, I emailed the owner of the company, Chip.

CHIP

Almost immediately, I received this email from Chip.

Any chance we could talk about your horse?

Thanks,

Chip
Owner and Founder
TheraPlate Revolution
817 629-5171

I was floored!  I called him right back.

Chip took all of my pointed questions and had answers.  He told me how the product was developed from his own needs and through his love for horses.

A the end of the conversation, Chip said that he would send me a unit to use for 4 months at no charge – and all I had to do was write about it.

He was that confident.

He also said, very humbly, that most people find so many uses for the device that they generally keep it.  However, I could return it at no cost.  Chip also said that if I did decide to keep it, they could set up a payment plan that was very easy to maintain.

“It is really all about getting these out there to help the horses.  The Theraplate is so revolutionary, many, many horses are now surviving traumatic injuries.”

OK!

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Another happy customer from the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/TheraPlate-Revolution/204967719544726

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This unit has the ramp and the rails…

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Using the Theraplate with a draft horse that clearly has feet issues.

IT ARRIVED!

Well, Chip was a man of his word.

A week later, I received a call that the delivery truck driver was on the way to my house.

Except, he was trapped on a small, windy road and could I redirect him?

“Where are you?”

He told me and I thought that if that road was too small and windy, my road would be prohibitive.

So, I told him to meet me in the large parking lot of the CVS pharmacy nearby.

He agreed, if he could get his truck turned around… poor guy.  I imagined a very, very large truck trying to turnaround up here… yikes!!

I ran outside to detach my truck from my trailer and meet the driver – assuming he ever got turned around.

As I was saying… I ran outside to detach my truck from the trailer.

It wouldn’t.

I swear to you, the ball hitch thing on the gooseneck was absolutely stuck.

When I tried to unhook it, the lever lifted the entire truck off of the ground, but wouldn’t let go.

I was sweating by this point.

OMG!  The truck driver is down at the CVS Pharmacy cooling his heels, waiting for me, on a very hot day with several other deliveries to go, and I’m up here fiddling with my truck and trailer!

Arrgh.

So, I just left with my truck and trailer attached.  Hopefully, the device would fit in my trailer.

Off I went!

Another from the FB page.

Another from the FB page.

LOADING IT

OMG!  I wish I had my camera… except I think the driver would have been pissed that I was taking photos of this Keystone Cops ridiculous thing we were trying to do…

First off, I arrived with a trailer attached to my truck, which made for two huge vehicles in the CVS parking lot…

Then, the truck driver told me that his back door had broken and he wasn’t sure how he was going to lift it to get to the Theraplate trapped inside.

We decided that he would lift it a little and I would shimmy one of the pallets under the massive rolling back door.

O…K…, I was a bit nervous.  I could see the thing slamming down on my hand or head.

But, with the 1-2-3 method of all good pairings, we were able to lift and slide successfully!

Phew.

Then Mr. Driver used his massive muscles to lift the door and hold it open while we tied it to something I hoped would hold it.

OK… now time to get the Theraplate into my trailer.

…Normally, one takes a burly dude with one to do this sort of thing.  But, since I got the call last minute and there were no burly dudes here or nearby, I was stuck with just… me.

Mr. Driver was very kind and he helped me move the entire Theraplate into the horse trailer – which proved to be the perfect loading device because it was low to the ground.  Aha!  Horsegods were protecting me even when I was cursing them earlier for not allowing me to remove the trailer from the truck.

Another... I hear the Dressage world loves it! Helps so many suspensory and digital flexor issues - just like what Gwen suffered recently.

Another… I hear the Dressage world loves it! Helps so many suspensory and digital flexor issues – just like what Gwen suffered recently.

I DROVE HOME AND PARKED.

Unfortunately, I had to leave the next day for my big shoot in Los Angeles.  So, the Thermaplate lived in my trailer for the duration.

Today, Hubby and I set it up.

Actually, Hubby set it up and I tried to do anything to facilitate him and not annoy him.  You know how that goes…

We used mats on top of the hard ground in the aisle.  After we had set it up once, we realized that it would be better against a wall, so we moved it (Hubby was not happy).

Now, we are going out to Home Depot so I can get a new broom so I can clean up the walls before I take photos for the blog.

MT and Gwen are quite interested.

The driver and I loaded it off of the huge truck and into my trailer.

The driver and I loaded it off of the huge truck and into my trailer.

MT and the new Theraplate on loan... she put her front feet on it already!  Tomorrow we start!

MT and the new Theraplate on loan… she put her front feet on it already! Tomorrow we start!

 

THE VIDEOS

I had a million questions on how to get the horses to step onto it.  So, I googled “Theraplate videos” and found several.

Here is one from Australia.

Clearly, the horse had no issue getting on.

Most of the videos are exactly like this.  Kinda boring – in that nothing happens.

So, I feel confident that all will go well on our first day – TOMORROW!

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Click image to watch the rather boring video – only because it was so uneventful. The horse had no issue whatsoever getting onto and staying on the device. He looked very relaxed.

FB PAGE

Their FB page seems to only have happy customers… You might want to take a look!

Click image to go to the FB page.

Click image to go to the FB page.

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THE SEPTEMBER BUCKET FUND to support Fred (pictured here on a previously captured wild mustang) in a pilot program to train and adopt out the captive mustangs. Click image!

 

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THINGS I LEARNED THIS WEEK: TURN OUT THE BARN LIGHTS (unless they are heat lamps…), A QUICK FIX FOR SOFT RIDE BOOTS and THEY ARE WHAT THEY EAT!






This week has been a whirlwind…

I’ve learned quite a bit.

Today I wanted to share a few of my new tricks.

A QUICK FIX FOR SOFT RIDE BOOTS.

My mare, Mama Tess, used to loooove her Soft Ride boots.  They really helped her – before her laminitis turned to founder.

Now, the particular insole that I have is too angled for her rotated coffin bone.

I was told that properly padded boots would really encourage her to move more.  And, movement is very important…

So, I had to figure out a way to utilize her Soft Ride boots.

Luckily, a reader gave me the solution…

She told me to go to Home Depot and get garden kneepads.  She said that they were die-cut evenly which is very important.  I had to make sure the thickness wasn’t taller than the original boot pad.  Hubby cut the knee pads by tracing the bottom of the insoles with a Sharpie.

These are the garden knee pads I purchased to replace the inserts of my Soft Ride boots.

These are the garden knee pads I purchased to replace the inserts of my Soft Ride boots.

He cut out the form.

Then he put the new, even, pads inside the boots.

These pads are not the quality of the Soft Ride inserts so they will compress fairly quickly.  But, if you simply want to test whether an even pad would help your horse, this is a quick trial.

Unfortunately for me and my girl, the weight of the Soft Ride boots are just too much on her weakened capsule.  So, even though I think they might have cushioned her weight, the boots themselves now weigh too much for the comfort of the top of her separated hoof.

So, I took them off of her.  And, she walks around the barn anyway…

But, for those of you who need an insert for your Soft Ride boots in a hurry – go to Home Depot!

This is Hubby getting ready for his task.  He has the kneepads under his arm, the boots in one hand and the original inserts in his other hand - heading to the garage to CREATE!

This is Hubby getting ready for his task. He has the kneepads under his arm, the boots in one hand and the original inserts in his other hand – heading to the garage to CREATE!  (YES, there are shavings all in the boots and stuck to the old pads.)

LEAVE THE BARN DARK, UNLESS YOU HAVE HEAT LAMPS.

I found this article by Katherine Houpt, VMD, PhD in Equus Issue 432.

It was titled, “What Horses Want.”

I’m not sure how she knows what horses want but I read the article and found one part particularly interesting…

Horses like the lights off.

I mean, I know they see better than we do in the dark, but now it seems like they prefer it…

You see, they taught the horses how to turn the lights on and off.  And, much to their surprise, the horses left the lights off most of the time – unless they were heat lamps on a cold day.  Then they left them on.

Ha!

Here is the article:

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THEY ARE WHAT THEY EAT…

Everyone who has seen Mama Tess in the last 4 weeks has said, “OMG, she is so glossy and healthy looking – she is glowing and gleaming!  She sure doesn’t look sick!”

It is true.  MT looks better than she looked during the height of her show career.  Her coat is glowing.  She has no ulcers even though she was on harsh pain killers, her hooves are growing, the bloodflow is increasing and I feel she is absorbing every nutrient possible.

Here’s why…

As soon as MT went into the hospital, I received this email from Omega Alpha.

(I have no affiliation with Omega Alpha except I love their products.  And you will soon understand why…)

When OA found out that Tess was sick, they sent:
1 gallon AntiFlam
1 – 500 ml RegenerEQ
1 gallon Gastra-FX
1 – kg Biotic 8

2 kg of MinerEq for the mare to help with healing and hoof growth

Here is my arsenal.  I'm out of the

Here is my arsenal. I’m out of the RegenerEQ but I have ordered more!!

OK, first of all, who does this?!  Who reads a blog about a sick horse and then immediately sends product – just to help out the horse?!!!

That is exactly what she did…  and it did help out the horse.

MT is GLOWING.

My very, very sick mare – who they said won’t heal – is starting from the healthiest point possible… healthy on the inside – and that is the best place for her to be on this journey.

She looks incredible.  Really.

Even Dr. E, who said he didn’t believe in supplements (but he would have his staff administer them for me…) is a believer.  He was A-M-A-Z-E-D.

So, if there ever was a walking billboard for a supplement company, MT is it!

THANK YOU, OMEGA ALPHA!  Thank you for being so generous and kind to send this huge gift that made a very big difference in the  health of my mare.

My iPhone doesn't really do her coat justice... but trust me, she looks incredible.  Her coat glows - literally, it is gleaming.  She looks bright and incredibly healthy - for a horse with little chance of healing.  This is the best place to be FOR her healing!

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