Hey guys it's been a crazy and amazing few weeks. I have officially completed my first 2 weeks of my internship with Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy. Last time I worked with them I was only there for 2 weeks due to other things I had going on. I am so very thankful that they have given me this opportunity to work and learn from them again.
During my first two days on the job I went on a field trip to Fresno to do some FES therapy, Laser therapy, and Salt Vapor therapy. It was interesting to see the culture of a variety of different disciplines from cutting to dressage. The first day we worked on a few western horses getting laser treatment and the salt vapor. At the next barn we did the FES therapy on a horse that when the owner first got it, it could barely walk. As a result of therapy and training that the horse has gone through, it is currently competing in dressage shows. After, we went to another barn for a horse that is being trained in cross country but is sore in the hind end. Most of the treatments that we did were in the sacroiliac area of the horse. The next day we worked on the same dressage horse, a different cross country horse, and to finish the day about 8 barrel racing horses that received a mix of laser treatment and the salt vapor treatment. By this point I was able maintain the salt vapor therapy. Angie (one of the founders of Eclipse) also let me do one of the laser treatments on an SI region. The rest of that week each day was something new. I started doing more activities at the barn and getting up at 6 A.M. to help with the race horses. So far I have been working with two that are preparing to go on the track. One of them is a gelding and has been doing full out runs. The other is a 2 year old filly who is just getting started in her training. I’ve also been put in charge of making sure certain horses get on the walker everyday. This week I got the rare opportunity to see a horse get an MRI (picture below). For this particular case the horse had been abnormally head-shy so the trainer wanted to get it looked at.
The second week i have spent my time mainly at the barn. I’ve been slowly getting more confident working with the racehorses but still have a ways to go. By now I have developed an daily routine. I begin at 6 A.M. at the track helping the trainer with the racehorses, then feeding a mix of grain and supplements. Once those tasks are completed, I put some of the other horses at the ranch on the walker. After that it just kind of depends on the day. This week we got a horse that we’ve been starting a case study with. The story with this one is that he used to be a roping horse and was caught in a trailer fire that burned his back 5-7 years ago. After multiple owners this lady got him and wanted us to see if we could help him. After consulting with the vet we have been putting him on SMZ (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) which is an antibiotic used for treatment of infections. The burn was infected so with a combination of the antibiotics and a sterile washing, we have been treating it everyday this week. Part of the therapy we have been providing for this horse is the laser therapy set on a wound setting. We took pictures everyday and it looked better each treatment session. By the end of the week Angie let me do some laser treatment on it. Also this week I have been washing retired jumpers so that they can remain in good condition during their retirement. It is important to take care of horses at every stage of their life. You can see some of my experiences in the photos below.
These past two weeks have been amazing and such a learning experience. I can’t wait to see what is yet to come. Until next time!