Ghostly Spaniard (Barn Name: Cortez) came to us in rough shape. He was underweight, beaten up by the racetrack (osselet on his front right ankle and an atrophied hind gluteus muscle), and had a severe case of rain rot.
The rain rot was an easy fix... daily baths with anti-fungal shampoo, like Micro-Tek Medicated Shampoo, and a daily application of Banixx.
After we healed his skin infection and put a little weight on him, he was adopted out quickly. He has a great personality and looks like a jumper. Unfortunately, the person who adopted him out said he was lame and did not think she could make him sound. I will not give up on a horse so quickly. I knew with a little TLC and time, he was going to make a great horse. I took him back and devised a plan.
We turned Cortez out for approximately 45 days. He needed this time for his body to repair itself naturally. He stood on the Vita-floor three days a week and wore Veredus Magnetic boots when he was in the stall. While being outside, he did drop weight, so we started him on a half day stall/half day turnout program. We increased his feed and added a weight gain supplement. He is currently eating Tribute Kalm Ultra and Tribute Essential K.
After adequate time off, we started riding him but he still seemed a little ouchy. We decided to give him an injection of Osphos. Osphos is a drug that has been proven to help with the bone remodeling process. It was intended for the navicular bone, but can be used for other applications. We decided with the osselet on the ankle that it might need help with the bone remodeling process. It was a shot in the dark, but it was a shot we were willing to take.
He is also on a daily regime of Equioxx. With 42 starts under his belt, Cortez is bound to have some arthritis. Equioxx is an inexpensive and effective way to control the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. I recommend Equioxx for most Thoroughbreds who spent long careers on the track.
Cortez has a shallow soles (very typical in Thoroughbreds) so he is currently in front shoes. Next rotation, we will put shoes all around. With the increased work, and wanting to take him on trails and potential fox hunts, having 4 shoes is necessary.
The last thing we did was take radiographs of his hocks and stifles. We wanted to make sure that he did not have any issues under the surface that could be affecting his performance. We did not see any issues with the x-rays, but we decided to inject his right hock to see if that made any improvement to his gate.
Cortez's rehab hasn't been easy, but everything we have done for him is basic maintenance we would do for any sport horse. We believe in injecting joints when necessary, utilizing alternative therapies (chiropractic, acupuncture, magnetic) and providing proper supplementation to aid in the overall health of the horse. We will do whatever it takes to make sure our horses are given the best chance at a new career... and we are pleased to say Cortez is sound and is ready to work.