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  • soft ride orthopedic boots and/or magnetic therapy? anone tried these?

    Ultrsound or laser therapy won't work on my horse. Vet suggested magnetic therapy. I have no experience with it, so I was wondering how successful it is.

    Also recommended soft ride ortho boots. Anyone tried these? Do you leave them on or only use for handwalking? Are they also used for riding? What insert did you get and for what injury and did it help? I may not be able to fit her with these though, her foot is not wide enough.

    Horse has collateral ligament damage to p3 in right front. Needs circulation and stimulation.

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    "Magnetic therapy" is quackery. I'd be suspect of any vet who suggested it and look, immediately, for a second opinion.

    As to the rest, I've no experience.

    G.
    Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

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    • #3
      I have not used magnetic therapy myself yet, but am planning on getting my mare the blaknet and hock wraps soon.

      As for the soft ride boots...i have them for my mares front feet and i LOVE them, and so does she. I put them on when shes in the trailer, when shes in her stall, whenever shes standing tied, or if were walking anywhere on asphalt or concrete or really packed gravel. I dont leave them on when shes out in the pasture or in the paddock, or use them when im riding. But that dpends on the person. Some people have them on their horses at all times, even when warming up.
      My horse loves them, she sees me walking up to her with them and shell pick her foot up ready for me to put them on, and taking them off it takes some encouragment for me to get her to pick up her hoof (which she never needs unless she has the boots on). I had mine measured to fit my mare, and she just has the regular inserts. They make them for pretty much any size horse, so you should be able to find a pair to fit her.
      I would suggest the soft ride boots, and also why not try magnetic therapy...at one point in time a horse getting chiropracted was thought to be crazy...and now i dont know know anyone who seriously shows their horses in pretty much any discipline that doesnt have their horses worked on consistantly. If you can afford to try it, you might as well.

      Google pht magnetics....everyone i know who has magnetic stuff buys from there, they have some info on what the mags are supposed to do for the horse...

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      • #4
        I cannot say enough good things about Soft Ride boots. I think they are fine for stall use, hand walking, and some turn out. I don't recommend riding in them however. If you have any questions, I really recommend you contact the company. Monty and Debbie are great and will definetly help you find a pair that will fit your mare. They have lots of sizes, so you will find something to fit your mare.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Guilherme View Post
          "Magnetic therapy" is quackery. I'd be suspect of any vet who suggested it and look, immediately, for a second opinion.

          As to the rest, I've no experience.

          G.
          I totally agree with you, but unfortunately my horse does not! I've been using the Iron Foot magnetic foot pad on my jumper with coffin joint arthritis for the past six months and cannot believe the difference in him. And before you ask, it's the only thing that has changed in his program. I started regularly this summer when the ground got so hard--I can absolutely tell when he's not been on the pad.

          Believe me when I say that I did not want this to work--I'm a firm believer in joint injections and drugs! The results impressed me so much that I now have my own personal Iron Foot

          http://www.respondsystems.com/

          They do offer three month rentals for cases just like yours. I think it's worth a try.
          Originally posted by EquineImagined
          My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Herbie19 View Post
            I totally agree with you, but unfortunately my horse does not! I've been using the Iron Foot magnetic foot pad on my jumper with coffin joint arthritis for the past six months and cannot believe the difference in him. And before you ask, it's the only thing that has changed in his program. I started regularly this summer when the ground got so hard--I can absolutely tell when he's not been on the pad.

            Believe me when I say that I did not want this to work--I'm a firm believer in joint injections and drugs! The results impressed me so much that I now have my own personal Iron Foot

            http://www.respondsystems.com/

            They do offer three month rentals for cases just like yours. I think it's worth a try.
            Unfortunately, you can't tell me what your horse thinks!!!

            You can tell me what you observed.

            G.
            Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

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              #7
              I got the soft ride boots! I think those will really help her. I'm probably going to leave them on her 24/7 for a while.

              The chiro talked to the vet about ultrasound and magnet therapies, then called me and said the vet recommended the magnet best. So after I read G's post, I thought, hmm, this is a pretty good vet, so something isn't right. I called the vet directly and her office told me that they told the chiro that it wouldn't hurt to try the magnetic therapy, but they don't recommend it per se. The chiro rents the machines out. Hmm...

              So I told the chiro I wasn't going to do it, it's $250 a month. Which I would gladly come up with if it was for sure going to work. But now I don't know.

              How long before you know if it works or not? She was saying you need to use it for three months.

              It sounds like a pad they step on, she was saying it does both front feet at once which helps the foot that's been taking an extra load.

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              • #8
                That sounds a lot like the Iron Foot that I own. I cannot tell you if it would help a collateral ligament injury--I can only imagine it would but if it were my horse and I didn't already own the pad I would spend my money on shockwave.

                Can I ask what the theory is on leaving the horse barefoot? We have always shod horses with this type of injury in a rocker-like shoe. Horse needs to be able to break over easily in all directions. This was discussed in another thread recently.
                Originally posted by EquineImagined
                My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.

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                • #9
                  I can tell you for a fact that magnetic therapy works-it helped my back tremendously! you can get the insoles for people from NIkken and use them either in boots, or put a shoe on the horse and put it under the shoe, it would only cost you about $60 for the pair.
                  KUDOS to your vet for suggesting this, he's obviously willing to open his mine to alternatives and do what is best for the horse.
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                  • #10
                    I've been using soft-rides since I learned about them from eventgroupie2 on coth. They are like no other hoof boots for hoof problems. And Debbie at soft-ride company was wonderful in overnighting Cloudy's boots to me, and sending an extra pair at no charge so that we could see which pair fit best.

                    My vet saw our soft-rides and started recommending them for other horses with hoof issues.

                    Again, they are NOT like other hoof boots for stall rest and rehab.

                    I've never used magnetic therapy on my horses or myself, but I'd not opposed to it. Just never used it. Others swear by it.

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                    • #11
                      The soft ride boots are a wonderful tool to have in every barn. Love them.
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                      • #12
                        Another vote for the soft ride boots. My old guy had laminitis and these helped him as soon as they went on his feet.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by horsemom56 View Post
                          Another vote for the soft ride boots. My old guy had laminitis and these helped him as soon as they went on his feet.
                          They are AWESOME for laminitic horses, but I've never heard of them being used for collateral ligament injuries.
                          Originally posted by EquineImagined
                          My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.

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                          • #14
                            magneto-therapy

                            Originally posted by LadyDocHickory View Post
                            I have not used magnetic therapy myself yet, but am planning on getting my mare the blaknet and hock wraps soon.

                            As for the soft ride boots...i have them for my mares front feet and i LOVE them, and so does she. I put them on when shes in the trailer, when shes in her stall, whenever shes standing tied, or if were walking anywhere on asphalt or concrete or really packed gravel. I dont leave them on when shes out in the pasture or in the paddock, or use them when im riding. But that dpends on the person. Some people have them on their horses at all times, even when warming up.
                            My horse loves them, she sees me walking up to her with them and shell pick her foot up ready for me to put them on, and taking them off it takes some encouragment for me to get her to pick up her hoof (which she never needs unless she has the boots on). I had mine measured to fit my mare, and she just has the regular inserts. They make them for pretty much any size horse, so you should be able to find a pair to fit her.
                            I would suggest the soft ride boots, and also why not try magnetic therapy...at one point in time a horse getting chiropracted was thought to be crazy...and now i dont know know anyone who seriously shows their horses in pretty much any discipline that doesnt have their horses worked on consistantly. If you can afford to try it, you might as well.

                            Google pht magnetics....everyone i know who has magnetic stuff buys from there, they have some info on what the mags are supposed to do for the horse...

                            Hi everyone.It is trite, but I broke my collarbone a year ago.After that I can't move my arm without pain.My doctor advised me to try magneto-therapy or some kind of drugs.Well cause drugs were so expensive I decided to try magneto-therapy.I found some information here magneto-therapy.eu

                            I got "SPOK" and I was doing therapy during 3 month and now I haven't feel pain.Don't be sceptic .I think fear of trying somthg new is the big problem nowadays

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                            • #15
                              Just remember what you all are saying in these posts about yourselves and the horses:

                              As noted in Respond Systems website, these treat the PAIN, not the disease or condition. Magnetic therapy has yet to be shown to counteract or diminish a given disease or condition even after 40 years of concerted scientific research. Contrary to Resond's website, magnetic therapy CAN NOT fix bone or arthritis. Well, it can, but the magnetic fields needed are brutally large and fully dynamic contrary to their claims.

                              I would also point out that while anecdotal evidence is all well and good, when used in a blinded comparative trial for a given condition, magnetic field treatments fail.

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                              • #16
                                RAyers I never said it did. I stated that it HELPS my arthritic horse, not cures him. I do find that using the pad helps keep him more comfortable than he otherwise would be right before he's due for injections. He starts out much "looser" when I ride if he's been on the pad regularly. That being said, it's not going to make a lame horse sound.
                                Last edited by Herbie19; Nov. 21, 2011, 09:21 PM.
                                Originally posted by EquineImagined
                                My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.

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                                • #17
                                  OP: check out www.equicast.us it did wonders for my guy when he needed increased circulation and protection to the foot. The increase circulation comes from actually being able to move around on it, and pump blood to and from the area.

                                  The more the horse moves, the more circulation the feet get
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                                  • #18
                                    pal-o-mino in gray, stuff deleted

                                    Ultrsound or laser therapy won't work on my horse. Vet suggested magnetic therapy. I have no experience with it, so I was wondering how successful it is.


                                    If your vet recommended the use of some sort of magnetic doodad, you might want to ask him why he'd recommend a treatment that has absolutely no scientific basis. There is NO scientific evidence suggesting magnetic wraps, blankets, pads, etc., have any value in the treatment of any pathology! They don't work because the CAN'T work. Doubts? Please click on this link - equine practitioner's website.

                                    Don't be a victim, get a second opinion.
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                                      #19
                                      It wasn't actually the vet that recommended it. The chiropractor talked to the vet and then told me the vet recommended it. After I read a couple of posts about it, I called the vet to clarify. They said it woulnd't hurt, but they don't recommend it, per se. The chiropractor rents the magnet machines out. Mystery solved

                                      Since I read posts pro and against, I decided to give it a try. It doesn't hurt anything and maybe it'll help her feel better, who knows.

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