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How To Treat Fetlock and Ankle Inflammation in a Horse

Posted on: February 10th, 2018 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Fetlock and ankle inflammation is a common issue in performance horses and racehorses. Injury may involve the joint, or the surrounding soft tissues as well; this will be determined by the horse’s exercise regime and physical health maintenance.

Use the Leg Saver in this step-by-step guide to help heal the injury.

What Causes Inflammation and Lameness in Fetlocks and Ankles

The fetlock is a joint between the cannon bone and the pastern on the back of a horse’s leg, above the hoof. Its positioning clinches its status as a high motion joint that is most often impacted by force and stresses during movement. This constant subjection makes it highly susceptible to inflammation and lameness.

Another cause of lame ankles is inflammation of the hocks due to infection of the synovial fluids. A horse will adjust its gait to compensate for the stiffness and pain in its hocks, thereby putting undue stress on its fetlocks and ankles. Warm-to-the-touch hocks indicate an inflammation.

How Leg Saver Treats Fetlock and Ankle Inflammation

Our easy-to-use Ting Point Therapy method targets inflamed areas and attacks the bacteria. It will also start to repair the damaged cells at the back of the leg that are torn or injured.  With regular use, Leg Saver can reduce rehabilitation time and return your horse’s ankle to sound working order. See our YouTube video for step-by-step instructions on how to apply the wires, gel and Leg Saver wrap for maximum results when treating fetlocks (osselets), arthritis, and OCD.

Our treatment is also excellent therapy for horses who have had chips removed and post-operative maintenance.

Fetlock and Ankle Inflammation: What Not To Do

Lastly, we suggest never sweat or use a poultice on an inflamed ankle as it will increasingly aggravate the area over time.

 

For more information on Leg Saver’s unique waveform therapy, read about the Science Behind Leg Saver.

How Leg Saver Benefits Your Horse’s Overall Health

Posted on: January 13th, 2018 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

For twenty years, Leg Saver has treated thousands of horses around the world for a multitude of injuries and ailments. Our satisfied clients and healthy horses are testament to the power of Leg Saver. We set out to improve the performance level of equine athletes, discovering new benefits to our ting point therapy method along the way for a holistic treatment that’s now an asset to trainers, racers, equine therapists and pleasure riders equally.

So how does Leg Saver benefit your horse’s overall health?

The non-invasive, electro therapy treats inflammation at a cellular level by increasing oxygen-rich blood flow to all organs, bringing them back into balance and strengthening them. The Leg Saver’s wave form technology also kills bacterial and viral infections as they cannot survive in that frequency.

This one, seemingly simple action has a ripple effect through the horse’s body. Healthy blood circulation allows your horse numerous benefits:

  • Strengthened immune system

  • Balanced hormones

  • Reduced recovery time

  • Fast rear muscle soreness relief

  • Increased stamina

Quicker healing time means more time to rejuvenate and train, resulting in a more consistent athletic performance.

The Finer Points of Leg Saver’s Healing Benefits

Whole body health is achieved by:

  • Reduced swelling and edema

  • Reduced acute and chronic pain

  • lncreased range of motion and eases tightness

  • Releases muscle trigger points

  • lmproved soft tissue regeneration

Leg Saver addresses specific Ting Points to help heal common afflictions in horses:

  • Heals hoof problems: laminitis, founder, and navicular disease

  • Rear end soreness: azutoria/tying up

  • Lung bleeding or hemorrhaging

  • Hunter bump/sacroiliac

  • Osslets

  • Colic and Stomach issues

  • Increased healing time of damaged: fetlocks, knees, shoulders, bowed tendons, hocks & ligaments

Addressing these issues on a regular treatment basis with Leg Saver can eliminate lameness altogether. You can read a more in-depth explanation of all the benefits of Leg Saver here. We are continually striving to improve our treatment product and processes to give horses the tools and healthy systems they require to heal themselves — assuring you less medical bills and a healthier, happier horse.

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How To Treat Common Hoof Problems

Posted on: January 6th, 2018 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Prevention is key to avoiding hoof problems that can turn into long-term health issues. Paying close attention to the season and its associated conditions is the first step to anticipating potential hoof hazards.  Winter weather can especially dry the hoof wall out, so consider a moisturizer.

Other common hoof problems come with their own set of natural treatments so you don’t have to keep the vet on speed dial. Here are our most effective treatments for common hoof problems.

A Regular Farrier Appointment

Like an annual trip to the dentist for humans, routine farrier care is vital to preventing hoof problems and catching more serious ones before they reach that point. Consider shoeing for different weather and footing conditions. Every six to eight weeks from the time your horse is one month old is a good place to start.

Regular Shoeing Treats: Laminitis (inflammation), Navicular disease

Apple Cider Vinegar

Strong hooves are essential to a healthy horse. A regular dose of diluted, raw apple cider vinegar applied to picked-out hooves keeps them strong. The enzymes promote circulation, which in turn stimulate hoof growth.

ACV Treats: Thrush, White Line disease

Liquid DMSO

Liquid DMSO, also known as dimethyl sulfoxide, is a substance used by many farriers and has many medical applications. While some believe the substance can be harmful, it has proven effective in the treatment of horse hoof problems when applied correctly and can encourage healing and growth.

Liquid DMSO treats: Hoof infection, stimulates repair

Leg Saver

Our holistic Ting Point Therapy targets inflammation to treat lameness and accelerate recovery time and hoof growth – up to half an inch of growth per month!

Leg Saver Treats: Laminitis, (inflammation) Joint problems

Heel support and regular trimming are also important to maintaining good hoof health. Keep in mind that all of the treatments listed above are meant to help, but may not cure the problem in its entirety. Always consult with a professional if a problem persists. Contact us if you have any questions about the diverse range of issues the Leg Saver can treat.

5 Ways You’re Putting Your Horse at Greater Risk of Arthritis

Posted on: November 29th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Know your horse. Managing his well-being is that simple, in some ways. Don’t rely on a vet’s word to catch everything; by the time you call one in, it could be too late depending on the condition. By keeping a record of your horse’s health and regularly checking him over, you can evaluate his current health to prepare for what the future may look like. Especially when it comes to arthritis.

Arthritis begins as a bacterial infection in the joint, diagnosed through inflammation. If you remove the inflammation in the early stages, arthritis should no longer be an issue. So how are you contributing to the risk of infection?

Risky Business: Five Ways You May Not Realize Are Contributing to Arthritis in Your Horse

Arthritis Risk #1: Musculoskeletal Trauma

If left untreated, post-injury inflammation can destroy cartilage, thus paving the way for arthritis to develop. Puncture wounds are also a way of injuring the joints, as infection can set in.

Arthritis Risk #2: Training Without Proper Post-Workout Care

Without periodic rest cycles, your horse’s internal health management system can’t recover from minor inflammations. Used in conjunction with Leg Saver’s targeted waveform therapy to kill bacteria on a regular basis, you can stop the inflammation that leads to arthritis.

Arthritis Risk #3: Prolonged Periods of Inactivity

Just like humans after long stretches of inactivity, a horse can become “out of shape”. Weakened tendons, ligaments, and muscles won’t be able to support the joints when they’re suddenly put to the test.

Arthritis Risk #4: Improper Exercise

If a horse’s regiment is confined to walking and galloping only, lactic acid can build up in the rear and joints to up to 50% more than if a horse is properly trotted after exercise; even the next day.

Arthritis Risk #5: Obesity

Extra weight puts unneeded extra stress on joints during any amount of activity. They longer those extra pounds stay on, the higher risk there is of permanent joint damage.

The Take-Away

The mildest case of creaky joints can lead to permanent arthritis if left unchecked and, in most instances, is nearly inevitable. Joint deterioration is agitated by continued activity and without significant intervention, could be career-ending or even life-threatening. But by reducing the risks and using Leg Saver’s Ting Point therapy to help reduce inflammation, you can neutralize infection. The Leg Saver’s waveform is antibacterial and antiviral, allowing you to control and eliminate the cause of arthritis in your horse’s affected joints. Maintain your horse’s health, you could check arthritis at the gate.

How To Manage Ringbone in a Horse

Posted on: November 24th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Ringbone is one of the most misdiagnosed forms of arthritis in horses, because it is a doppelgänger condition for a host of other issues such as Laminitis, Navicular Syndrome, Founder and Thrush. Due to its similarities to other conditions, ringbone is very difficult injury to properly diagnose.

What Exactly is Ringbone?

Ringbone is a degenerative disorder that causes inflammation around the collateral ligaments. It most often occurs in the pastern (high ringbone) and coffin (low ringbone) joints. As bone deposition increases, affected joints may even begin to fuse. In very severe cases, an actual “ring” will actually surround the pastern joint just above the coronet band, giving this osteoarthritic condition its name.

Signs of Ringbone

As with other arthritic diseases, such degeneration and calcification causes pain for the horse which results in visible lameness; the severity of which indicates just how inflamed the ligaments are. The horse will protect his sore limbs by avoiding joint compression, and therefore exhibit a weight-bearing preference.

Horses with a genetic predisposition for Ringbone will often exhibit upright pasterns, toe in, and have smaller feet.

How to Cope With Ringbone

Regular farrier appointments for corrective shoeing, mindful rest periods, weight management, keeping an eye on your horse’s foot angle, and attention to the type of surface your horse trains on are all ways to help curb early-onset and manage the condition.

However, contrary to popular belief you should never stall rest your horse for lengthy periods of time, as this will only aggravate the injury.

To truly help address lameness in your horse and ease the pain, Leg Saver’s Electro Therapy attacks the inflammation through a holistic, multi-frequency waveform pattern designed to target the Ting Points in the coronet band. By reducing inflammation, this method helps clear the way for healing of the injury to begin, staving off arthritic tendencies.

See more about Leg Saver and the technology behind it here.

How To Spot Equine Laminitis

Posted on: November 8th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Equine Laminitis. You may have heard the term or even be familiar with this very painful condition. At best, it can cause permanent structural damage in your horse’s foot on a microscopic level that leads to permanent lameness and repeated infections. At worst, this separation of the laminae from the hoof wall to the coffin bone causes the latter to rotate downward and even puncture the sole of the hoof.

The Signs of Equine Laminitis

A good farrier can tell you. They know the signs; the most obvious: when the outer hoof separates from the inner hoof. But how can you spot this potentially fatal hoof disease? Watch for these red flags, even before signs of lameness have set in.

Abnormal Behaviour

How will you know? It’s often a guess, deduced if the horse is limping or laying, or favours a particular hoof by not putting any weight on it. He may shift his weight more–or even less!–often. Is he shortening his stride? Exhibiting a “bounding” pulse? You may only feel the difference in his behavior when you’re riding him. Then, it becomes a matter of diagnosing whether it’s founder, the more common navicular syndrome, or laminitis. At this stage, you’ve caught it early.

Severe Symptoms of Laminitis

Increased temperature in the hoof for a prolonged period of time (when it’s not that hot outside!) can indicated trauma in the laminar tissues. Abnormal hoof shape or rings, which take months to grow, are another indicator that Laminitis has set in. Another indicator is the white line where the sole and hoof wall meet. It’ll take a month or more to widen and spots of blood can appear, which mean laminae are most likely hemorrhaging and well in the infection zone.

Knowing what’s normal for your horse is the #1 way to assessing when such conditions as Equine Laminitis are setting in. Using the Equi-Stim Leg Saver ting point electro therapy is your next step to ease suffering and attack infections. It will kill the bacteria to stimulate good blood flow in the hoof; an area that is one of the most difficult to diagnose and treat on a horse. Leg Saver has helped countless horses grow ⅜ – ½ inch quality hoof growth per month, and maintain good hoof health for years to come.

 

 

Increasing Your Horse’s Stamina

Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by legsaver No Comments

The basic LEG SAVER treatments are quite simple

  • Treat the lung and heart ting points (located on the front coronet bands) once, 3 days before a race or event.
  • Treatments are for one hour each.
  • Treatments should be done separately, one after the other.
  • It will take 2 hours to complete both.
  • The following day the horse should be walked for ½ hour to one hour.
  • The morning of the race the lungs should be treated for ½ hour as early as possible (about 8 am).  Do not treat the heart. 
  • This will increase performance about 4 to 8 lengths, depending on the horse.
  • Always check on the SHOULDERS, HOCKS & WHIRLBONE to make sure the horse is ready for optimal performance.  Always treat the hocks if there is any heat in them at all.

A number of trainers have been experimenting with the amount of exercise needed to keep the horse performing at its peak.  Here is what we have found:

  • Horses that have their training reduced the week before the treatment are significantly improved over horses that are kept at their regular degree of exercise.   They win a lot more money.
  • Reducing the exercise program the week before the treatment produces a much fitter horse.  Results show about 80% wins & seconds—mostly wins (rider error caused some of the second place finishes).
  • These treatments reduce stress and strain on the horse’s body (hooves, ankles, tendons, ligaments, knees, hocks and other areas of stress).
  • Protocol for young race horses – treat their heart and lungs once every 2 weeks.  This builds stronger horses with tremendous stamina.  This will not make them run faster it just makes them finish stronger.

This new protocol will give you the best results in your performance horse.  Having more stamina down the stretch run results in more wins!  Try it with one horse and see the results. 

I’m reluctant to tell a world-class trainer what to do but this protocol really generates superior results!

CONTACT GARY DESROCHES

EQUI-STIM LEG SAVER

604-215-3622

 

 

Equine Azoturia & Tying Up

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by legsaver No Comments

EQUINE AZOTURIA AND TYING UP 

There is a new therapy of handling Azoturia which is a major problem in performance horses.  We have developed a program with the LEG SAVER treating the major organs that control all of the muscle groups in horses and humans.

Horses are given a lot of medications (drugs) in North America which results in extra work for the liver to clean the blood.  All drugs or toxins are removed from the blood by the liver which sends all the residue to the kidney.  If the kidney is overworked and becomes plugged with all of these toxins then the liver cannot clean the blood properly.  Hence muscle cramping occurs everywhere in the horse’s body.

We have actually developed the program from human treatments.  We always used herbal cleanses to clean out our kidneys first and then the liver second.  We have added the spleen to dump all of the oxygenated blood stored there to flush all toxins out of the cells.

This therapy is so successful that we have not failed yet.  It is so easy but it does take 3 hours to complete the process.

We treat the Kidney Ting Point first for 1 hour.

The Liver Ting Point is the next one hour treatment.

The Spleen Ting Point is the last treatment for 1 hour.

We also suggest the try to remove all added sugar from the diet like molasses and any other complex carbs.  Do not feed you horse candies or sugar treats.

Molasses also contains a lot of Sulphur which is also toxic for horses.

The LEG SAVER guarantees the results of this treatment.