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I’ll Have Another swells tendon, withdraws from Belmont Stakes

With so much at stake, the health and wellbeing of the equine athlete prevails over a chance at winning the first Triple Crown title since Affirmed in ’78.  Trainer Doug O’Neill and owner J. Paul Reddam adhere to the advice of Dr. Jim Hunt D.V.M and withdraw I’ll Have Another from the final leg of the Triple Crown.

 

(share from Horse Racing Nation)

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another was withdrawn from Saturday’s 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes and retired, a little more than 24 hours before his attempt to become the first horse in 34 years to win the Triple Crown.

Trainer Doug O’Neill said I’ll Have Another had developed a swelling in his left front tendon that was the beginning of tendonitis.

“This is extremely tough for all of us. It’s far from tragic but it’s extremely disappointing,” said O’Neill, who described the injury as a “freakish thing” during a 1 p.m. news conference at Belmont Park. “He has been a little quiet the last few days of galloping but his legs have been great. Yesterday he galloped great, but in the afternoon we noticed some loss of definition in his left front leg … we prayed he kind of hit himself and that it was a little bit of skin irritation. We did him up in a special poultice, and this morning he looked great. We did just a little easy gallop with him this morning. I thought he looked great on the track.

“Cooling out, you could tell the swelling was back,” he said. “I talked with Mr. [J. Paul] Reddam and immediately we got Dr.  [Jim] Hunt over here. He scanned him and he said it was the start of tendonitis in his [superficial] left front tendon and … you give him three to six months and then start back with him. But obviously, he’s done so much, that it was unanimous to retire him. It’s a bummer, but far from tragic.”

Miti-GAIT Animal Health applauds the efforts of I’ll Have Another’s caretakers in protecting their horse from further injury, and we wish this special colt a speedy and full recovery.

The Miti-GAIT Transport Mattress can facilitate recovery from injury, or surgical or medical treatment by providing the most comfortable, anti-vibration, anti-impact ride during transport.  For equine athletes actively competing while being medically managed for chronic lower limb disease or other locomotor pathology, the Miti-GAIT Transport Mattress can improve treatment outcome by reducing the effects of frequent transport during the racing or event season.

The anti-impact, anti-vibration properties of each Miti-GAIT mattress are attributed to what’s at its core – an extensively engineered cushioning system which utilizes advanced Air Channel Technology to dissipate energy from impacts and vibrations.  This patented cushioning system is known as MitiGator Technology™.  Researched and developed by SEA Systems Group Inc. and tested by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and independent laboratories, Mitigator™ has been validated as a revolutionary technology that absorbs and dissipates energy from vibration, impacts, and even blasts!  The shock and vibration dampening features of the MitiGator™ reduces acceleration by over 90% in drop/impact tests, and attenuates up to 75% of whole body vibration.  Developed through a collaborative effort of engineers and equine veterinarians to address the problem of equine transport fatigue, the Miti-GAIT Equine Transport Mattress is now available to mitigate the harmful forces of road impacts, rumble, and vibration and allow your horse to be transported and arrive fresh, focused, relaxed, and ready to win.

Natural Horsemanship’s First International Team Competition

Only 3 days to the inaugural “World Championship of Natural Horsemanship”.  Two of America’s finest trainers, Craig Cameron and Pat Parelli team up to take on team Canada (Field and Stewart) and team Australia (McLean and James) in the INTERNATIONAL ROAD TO THE HORSE! This competition will display how thoughtful (not forceful) training techniques, based on natural horse interactions, develop a riding horse quickly and kindly.

Just as important as utilizing natural training methods is acknowledging unnatural conditions young horses experience and modifying their environment to lessen anxiety associated with these unnatural situations.  Trailering or transporting a horse is a prime example – hurtling down the road at highway speeds in a metal box is an unnatural situation for a horse.  Road impacts and floor vibration are not normal sensations to the horse.  A horse reacts by activating protective physical and mental responses which consume energy and cause fatigue.  To help the horse feel less stressed during transit use the only proven anti-impact and anti-vibration floor mattress for trailers and transporters – the MITI-Gait Transport Mattress.

Horse enthusiasts of all disciplines, even novice riders, know that the equine body is extremely responsive to external stimuli.  The jarring impacts to the hooves and legs, and the continuous whole body vibration experienced during a trailer ride are amplified due to this higher degree of sensitivity.  Particularly young horses, like those being developed during the International Road to the Horse competition, are even more prone to exciteability during transit, resulting in a passenger that arrives fatigued, irritable, and unable to concentrate.  How Miti-GAIT works.

We all know of the young horses we train for months to years, that when taken to their first few events or rides perform completely different than during similar work-outs at their home stable.  The stimulation from road impacts and vibrations stresses the young performer.  Modifying equine transport to be as low stress as possible will result in a more alert, relaxed, and competitive young horse upon arrival at the event.

MITI-Gait Animal Health encourages all equestrians to recognize more natural training methods like those on display during the International Road to the Horse competition, and to recongnize the importance of comfortable travel for horses.

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Horse Injuries: Transporting To and From Physical Therapy / Hydrotherapy

Horse physical therapy is becoming more popular and more readily available at specialty equine centers.  Physical therapy is proven to facilitate recovery, but care must be taken when transporting a horse that is nursing an inflamed muscle, tendon, or joint.  Road impacts and vibration effecting the transporter or trailer can aggravate injured tissues resulting in even more inflammation, swelling, and soreness.

The Miti-GAIT Transport Mattress  can facilitate recovery from surgical or medical treatment by providing the most comfortable, anti-vibration, anti-impact trailer ride for patients being transported to and from the hospital.  For equine athletes actively competing while being medically managed for chronic lower limb disease or other locomotor pathology, the Miti-GAIT Transport Mattress can improve treatment outcome by reducing the effects of frequent transport during event season.

Read below for Horse.com’s summary of the American Association of Equine Practitioners recent publication on equine hydrotherapy.

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“Hydrotherapy to Rehabilitate Injuries in Horses (AAEP)”

by: Christy M. West January 30 2012, Horse.com Article # 19513

Humans hear it often when it’s time to get back in shape after an injury or surgery: “Get in the pool.” Doctors know the increased resistance and buoyancy of water makes you do a significant amount of muscular work to move while providing very low impact/stress on bones and joints, so it’s an ideal rehabilitation method.

The same concepts apply to horses, and veterinarians can prescribe hydrotherapy (also called aquatic therapy) for rehabilitation in the form of swimming pools or underwater treadmills. Henry S. Adair III, MS, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, ACVSMR (American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation), Associate professor of equine surgery at the University of Tennessee, discussed hydrotherapy treatment protocols during the 2011 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Nov. 18-22 in San Antonio, Texas.

According to Adair, hydrotherapy has several physiologic effects on horses, including increased cardiovascular fitness, increased blood pressure, limitation of normal respiration (from water pressure on the body), changes in muscle activity throughout the body compared to walking exercise, increased muscle strength/tone with lower risk of injury (due to less weight bearing), and potential healing/preventive benefits for lower limb injuries and laminitis if the water is cold.

“Both (pools and underwater treadmills) are safe when used properly; however, devastating results may occur if used by untrained individuals or treating conditions in which these modalities are contraindicated,” he cautioned. “Proper diagnosis of the condition, having properly trained personnel, acclimation of the horse, and having specific treatment protocols are necessary for optimum results.”

There are several scenarios in which hydrotherapy could be beneficial to the horse. Adair listed the following:

  • For rehabilitation after injury or surgery;
  • For rehabilitation of tendon injuries (suspensory desmitis, etc.);
  • For conditioning post-arthroscopic surgery;
  • As a replacement for hand-walking;
  • To maintain fitness with nondisplaced fractures;
  • To treat joint stiffness and osteoarthritis;
  • To increase muscle development;
  • To encourage symmetric gait and back development;
  • To provide cardiovascular conditioning; and
  • For Reconditioning after a layup.

However, veterinarians and owners should avoid using hydrotherapy to rehabilitate horses with the following conditions:

  • Acute joint inflammation;
  • Skin infection;
  • Open wounds;
  • Upper limb lameness (the increased muscular work often worsens these injuries when swimming, although treadmill work can be beneficial);
  • Back pain (swimming is not recommended, but treadmill work can be beneficial);
  • Acute myositis (muscle inflammation);
  • Cardiac compromise; and
  • Respiratory disease.

Adair explained that several aspects of underwater treadmill or swimming pool treatment can be varied to suit the patient’s needs, including the following:

  • Water level (to select the desired amount of buoyancy, weight-bearing, and degree of joint flexion);
  • Water temperature;
  • Treadmill speed;
  • Hydrojets on or off;
  • Exercise duration, intensity, and frequency; and
  • Warm-up/cooldown periods.

Adair described swimming pool and underwater treadmill configuration options and acclimation procedures, noting that sedation might be required for some horses to get used to this kind of therapy. Some horses might never become comfortable enough for this to be a valid treatment option.

“Safety is of paramount importance,” he stated.

There is not yet much published research on the benefits of hydrotherapy in horses, he noted. However, with many treadmills and swimming pools now in use in equine veterinary applications, look for updates on this therapy in the future. “

Visit MitGait’s Booth at the 2012 World Dressage Masters

Al Dahl DVM and Frank Nunez

The 2012 World Dressage Masters in Palm Beach is here! The World Dressage Masters will showcase some of the finest horses in the world in this yearly event that brings equestrian lovers together in admiration of these beautiful animals.

At the event, Miti-Gait will have its own booth throughout the course of the weekend.

The Miti-Gait Transport mattress is designed to reduce stress from violent impacts and vibration during transport. The floor mattress provides comfort and protection for the animal during most strenuous transport conditions.

The anti-impact, anti-vibration properties of each Miti-GAIT mattress are attributed to what’s at its core – an extensively engineered cushioning system which utilizes advanced Air Control Technology to dissipate energy from impacts and vibrations. This patented cushioning system is known as MitiGator Technology™. Researched and developed by SEA Systems Inc. and tested by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and independent laboratories, Mitigator™ has been validated as a revolutionary technology that absorbs and dissipates energy from vibration, impacts, and even blasts! The shock and vibration dampening features of the MitiGator™ reduces acceleration by over 90% in drop/impact tests, and attenuates up to 75% of whole body vibration. Developed through a collaborative effort of engineers and equine veterinarians to address the problem of equine transport fatigue, the Miti-GAIT Equine Transport Mattress is now available to mitigate the harmful forces of road impacts, rumble, and vibration and allow your horse to be transported and arrive fresh, focused, relaxed, and ready to win. Visit www.mitigait.com to learn more about the most technologically advanced cushion system available.

The 2012 World Dressage event will be from held from January 26th-29th. If you have any questions regarding the MitiGAIT Transport systems or would like to place an order, please visit the contact page at www.mitigait.com

Fresh Legs propel a shooting star – Kuato Star!

Kuato Star shows off his fresh legs and athleticism in this incredible steeplechase jump.  This is only one in a series of jumps he rocketed over, then pulled away to win the Betfair Chase at Haydock.

Perfect conditioning, precise horsemanship, and detailed care are paramount in developing a winning equine competitor.  To protect your equine athlete, and to protect years of training and preparation for competition, be sure to provide Miti-GAIT Equine Transport Mattress to your box, trailer, or transporter. Arriving fresh for an event is important – visit www.mitigait.com to see the state-of-the-art in reducing transport fatigue.

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Miti-GAIT Equine Transport Protection

Miti-GAIT Equine Transport Protection

Miti-GAIT Animal Health introduces its new line of transport mattress systems designed to protect horses from the constant forces of road impacts, rumble, and vibration – damaging forces which transmit through the trailer floor and into the equine passenger during transport.

Towed trailers and equine transporters have been used for decades to move horses to racing competitions, performance events, endurance rides, and breeding stables.  Equine professionals, for just as long, have been concerned over the exhausting effect that trailering has on the horse.  The jarring forces transmitted through the trailer floor from typical highway transit create a chaotic atmosphere in the trailer that is cumbersome, uncomfortable, and at times even brutal to the most responsive and sensitive livestock species – the horse. During transport these constant forces cause the horse to respond physically and mentally in an attempt to avoid or counteract these irritating stimuli. Reduced athletic performance, decreased reproduction, increased rate of disease, and altered biochemical parameters have all been linked to transport stress in the horse.

Over the years, attempts have been made to provide as much comfort as possible to transported horses in hopes of minimizing stress and associated fatigue. Extra bedding (shavings), foam padding for dividers and walls, and even climate controls have been added to the horse compartment to improve comfort.  While trailer designs have changed over the years, little progress has been made to the one part of the horse compartment that the horse is always in contact with – the trailer floor.

That is until now:  The Miti-GAIT Transport Mattress is the first true anti-impact, anti-vibration floor system designed for horse trailers and equine transporters.  The Miti-GAIT horse mat is built around an extensively engineered cushioning system called MitiGator™ which utilizes advanced Air Channel Technology to dissipate energy from impacts and vibrations.  The Miti-GAIT Equine Transport Mattress system will alleviate the problems associated with road impacts and whole body vibration, and will set a new standard of care for horse transport.

Does a wooden, aluminum, or steel trailer floor covered with rubber or foam mats seem adequate for the sensitive horse passenger, especially when considering that these materials have been shown to be ineffective at reducing vibration?  Visit www.mitigait.com  to learn more about equine transport fatigue, its effects on equine performance, and how the Miti-GAIT Equine Transport Mattress will revolutionize horse transport.

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The anti-impact, anti-vibration pHow Miti-GAIT works.roperties of each Miti-GAIT mattress are attributed to what’s at its core – an extensively engineered cushioning system which utilizes advanced Air Channel Technology to dissipate energy from impacts and vibrations.  This patented cushioning system is known as MitiGator Technology™.  Researched and developed by SEA Systems Group Inc. and tested by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and independent laboratories, Mitigator™ has been validated as a revolutionary technology that absorbs and dissipates energy from vibration, impacts, and even blasts!  The shock and vibration dampening features of the MitiGator™ reduces acceleration by over 90% in drop/impact tests, and attenuates up to 75% of whole body vibration.  Developed through a collaborative effort of engineers and equine veterinarians to address the problem of equine transport fatigue, the Miti-GAIT Equine Transport Mattress is now available to mitigate the harmful forces of road impacts, rumble, and vibration and allow your horse to be transported and arrive fresh, focused, relaxed, and ready to win.