Thoroughbred Is Back On Track Thanks To Laser Therapy From The Sanctuary

Oct 10, 2012 - 6:26 AM

Canaan Land, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Niall Brennan Stables, is back on track working as a pony horse following a nasty laceration on his neck that potentially could have ended the horse’s career. Thanks to Laser Therapy from The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, a state-of-the-art equine therapy and rehabilitation center in Ocala, Florida, Canaan Land is not only back at work but his owner’s are praising The Sanctuary and Laser Therapy for a job well done.

Stephanie Brennan, of Final Furlong Stables, said, “We use The Sanctuary on a routine basis at our training facility for both preventative and therapeutic care. The staff at The Sanctuary is always well informed on each case and each horse and truly cares about every horse they treat. They take great part in helping in the rehabilitation and go above and beyond normal care.”

Canaan Land was in his paddock on September 16th when he was involved in a fight with another horse and broke a fence board that left him with a giant v-shaped laceration on his neck. “Canaan Land’s injury was in such a place that we were very concerned that the sutures wouldn’t hold,” Brennan said.

Canaan Land began Laser Therapy at The Sanctuary. Treatments were done for three consecutive days and then every other day for an additional three treatments. “Once we started lasering the wound we could see daily healing,” Brennan said. “He was injured on Sept. 16 and was back in full work on October 20th with the wound probably 90% healed. I was out of town when he hurt himself and my father, who is a physician, saw a photo of the initial  wound and couldn’t believe that a wound of that extent had completely healed in that time frame.”

While Brennan is thrilled that Canaan Land recuperated from his traumatic injury, she give credit to the staff at The Sanctuary for being a part of the gelding’s successful recovery. “I think one of The Sanctuary’s biggest asset is their staff. The girls that deal with our horses truly care and always go the extra mile with them.”

Brenda McDuffee, General Manager of The Sanctuary, said, “The Sanctuary really is dedicated to the healing, conditioning and well being of all equine athletes. We offer the latest in technological equipment designed to promote safe and rapid advancement for horses recovering from injury and Canaan Land is a perfect example. Thanks to the Laser Therapy, his wound healed rapidly and he is back to work.”

Located on 30 acres in Ocala, The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center is a multi-million dollar facility. The Sanctuary also has a facility in Wellington, Florida, on the grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, and they have a mobile unit that travels to shows. “The Sanctuary has built a solid reputation on our ability to condition and rehabilitate equines of all disciplines,” McDuffee said.

McDuffee added, “Our Ocala facility has had great success over the years with helping to rehab horses and get them back in the show ring or condition horses that are competing. The great thing about all of our therapies for horses is that they are based on methods used for human rehabilitation. Just like human athletes who work hard to condition their bodies, our horses deserve to be in the best condition so that they can compete at the top of their game.”

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