My name is Lyndsey Wolansky and I own a Hungarian warmblood named Stella that I use for dressage.
When I purchased my mare it was recommended to me by the vet that preformed the pre-purchase exam that I have her worked on by an equine muscle therpist to help loosen and relax her muscle. I started getting her worked on regularly after I purchased her. She was coming along nicely then I found out that Dr. Cheryl Malin did equine acupuncture. In March of 2017 Stella went for her first acupuncture treatment with Cheryl. During the initial assessment she showed quite a bit of soreness in her muscles and was very stiff and tense. Most of her needles came out with an extreme bend in them from being so tense. A few weeks later at her second treatment with Cheryl the needles went in way easier and came out straight! I noticed a big difference in her suppleness while riding her and her ability to move forward freely. Cheryl recommended starting her on a Chinese herb called Body Sore. Stella was on the body sore herb for a month and a half. I couldn't believe the difference in my mare after having Cheryl perform the acupuncture and with the use of the herbs and her equine massage she is doing great!
My name is Naomi and I am a Registered Vet Tech here at the Stettler Vet Clinic. I wanted to share my personal experience with complimentary therapy in treating my 13 year old Quarter horse named Zaz. He presented in early February 2017 with sudden lameness in both front feet. After reviewing the x-rays taken of his front hooves, it was determined by Dr. Cheryl Malin that he had significant rotation of the coffin bone in his left front and a slightly less degree of rotation in his right front hoof (called laminitis or founder). Dr. Malin did acupuncture at that time along with Hot Hoof 2 (Chinese herbs) and Bute (phenylbutazone) once daily for 4 days. This provided some improvement in conjunction with farrier care.
Towards the end of May, I brought Zaz back to the clinic because he had started to show signs of lameness again. We retook x-rays of his front feet and they showed no improvement from the ones taken in February. Dr. Cheryl referred us to Delaney Equine where he was reassessed and had their farrier reset his shoes. Zaz was immediately put on a restricted diet of soaked hay and supplements such as Hot Hoof 2, minerals & vitamins, Prascend (for Cushing’s disease), and Levothyroxine (for more immediate weight loss). He was also put in a smaller pen to restrict movement and give him no access to fresh grass. While discussing the treatment course up to that point, the Delaney vet could only attribute Zaz’s lack of pain to the Hot Hoof Chinese herbs, as pain medication had only been given to him the first couple days after the initial diagnosis.
Mid-July I brought Zaz back in to the clinic for another round of x-rays. Much to my relief, they showed significant improvement over the last time. The rotation had not only stopped but had also been reduced. This was the moment I knew that our treatment plan had been properly balanced and was working.
Over the last month, Zaz has continued to improve with the combination of acupuncture treatments, Chinese herbs and western medicine/medications. I do not believe he would be where he is today, (with the hope of riding again soon), if it weren’t for the use of complimentary therapies alongside traditional medicine. We are continuing his treatment plan and hope to see further improvement in our next checkup at the end of August.