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  1. #1
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    Default Dressage horses and stem cell/shockwave/PRP ...

    ... your stories, please.

    I'm watching a right front deep digital flexor tendon that was injected last week with stem cell and php. The individual vet doing treatment is encouraging and excited about the therapy. The UF hospital docs who read the MRIs were somewhat dire.

    There are too many unknowns about how she spent her last couple of years for me to take any prognosis seriously, but we were finally getting it together in our new home and having so much fun ...

    So, how about your horses? Age, injury/condition, rehab, results ... anything?
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    My trainer had stem cell therapy done on one of her horses with very good results. One of my closest friends had the PRP treatment done followed by weeks and weeks of shockwave therapy and a year's layup to heal a suspensory injury. Sadly, it was a complete waste of time and money.
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    My horse had stem cell therapy after he had damaged his collateral ligaments and also had to have surgery on his hock to remove some fractured bone. It was very expensive but it was covered to some degree by my horse insurance. My horse is 100% normal now but whether just the surgery and rest would have had the same results who knows... he was 4yrs old at the time and he still has no issues 2 yrs later in heavy work. His xrays are clean. Our rehab took about 6 months but it was protracted due to the surgery and seriousness of his injuries.



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    I have a gelding that underwent shock wave therapy for a severe collateral lig. injury 4 years ago, complete recovery and up to PSG when last year he was NQR. Deep digital flexor tendon and distal straight sesmoidian lig injuries on other front foot. Has stem cells with a severe flare reaction (three legged) Long slow recovery now sound schooling PSG, I1. He is currently 16, and rehabbing a horse of this age to upper level work is a TOUGH project.



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    Thanks for your replies ... she's 10 and as a clinician recently said "in search of a level."

    I moved across country a couple of years ago and thought she was best left with her trainer. Last winter I found a new wonderful trainer here and moved my girl in the spring. She had quite a few attitude issues, all of which slowly disappeared leaving nothing but a great horse.

    With a lot of arthritis, according to the MRI she had last week, as well as this tendon thing.

    Between her and the old cat failing, I'm just kind of at a loss.
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