Lucky after three weeks of
splints, stretching, & Acupuncture
Lucky after one week of splints,
stretching, and Acupuncture
Lucky after five weeks of treatment
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What? I couldn't lift which
leg?, Oh, I didn't have any
shoulders?  Who would
know?
Lucky after eight weeks of herbal medicine & acupuncture
Lucky presented to me at two months old.  He  was born with his fetlocks, and knees, froze in flexion.  He
was unable to stand alone at birth without assistance.  He nursed from the mare while someone helped
him, and was also supplemented with milk replacer.  Lucky's owner stretched his legs daily, tried
bandages, splints, and had special epoxy pads placed on his feet.  The University of Tennessee, put
hinged splints, and casts on his legs, but Lucky still couldn't straighten his legs. He got tremendous
pressure sores from those particular splints, so they were removed.  He was weaned from the mare at
three months old, placed on grass hay and small amounts of grain to try and slow his growth.   

Lucky's owner was very busy, and really was quite exhausted after three months of intense therapy.   So,
Lucky came to our hospital.  When Lucky arrived, he was quite weak, and could only stand in a crouched
position.  His Left leg was the worst of the two, and not only was weak in flexion, but also bowed out
uncontrollably laterally when Lucky put weight on that leg.   He laid down more than the normal foal would,
due to his weakness.  When Lucky laid down, he had to lay flat out on his side.  He never laid in the
sternal position.  The owner told me he couldn't lay sternal because of the epoxy pads that were on his
feet.  Later the true understanding of his inability to lay sternal would come to light.  

I am quite handy at sewing, and have had to make splints for my foals before.  I make a "sleeve" for each
leg that velcro's on.  These sleeves are held by a suspender that goes across the foals back.  What is
special about these sleeves is the fact that they have pockets located on the outside perimeter, allowing a
piece of padded rebarb to be inserted.  The pockets are located at different locations depending on the
forces from the weakness, valgus, or varus.  With past experience I have found that the brace needs to be
on the side that the leg or knee is pointing.  Thus, this foal needed to have the brace on the front of the
knee not the sides.  There was a problem with that with him as well.  He needed a special brace made.  I
welded to pieces of rebarb together, held by just a joining piece at the top and the bottom, and the pieces
were about three inches apart.  This allowed additional support, the knee to "slide" through the two pieces
of rebarb, and thus giving him additional support.  I found that if I placed one of these double splints in
front, and one behind, that that was the ticket.  Also, the caudal splint needed to be placed more medially
to counter act the lateral weakness of the knee.  

His buckets were put as high off the ground as they could be to enable him to barely reach them.  This
made him have to almost stand on his tippy toes.  What this did, was force him to stretch upward
constantly.  His hay was suspended up above him in a hay
net forcing him to stretch up for a bite.  Just doing this alone, improved the colt tremendously in the first
week while waiting for me to weld the rebarb.  Lacy, an employee and I went into his stall for the first three
weeks, and along with Acupuncture, Tui-Na (massage on the acupuncture meridian, Stretched him as
hard as we could.  What we found was that amazingly enough after three days, he would be laying
sternal.  I also noted that he would go outside in his small run more frequently.   Then the Veterinary
Hospital got busy and he missed his daily stretches.  It was then that I noticed he no longer laid sternal.  
So, the next day I made sure he was stretched twice during the day, and the following day he could lay
sternal again.  This
pattern repeated itself a couple more times before we no longer had to stretch him again.

Lucky soon was moving well.  His right knee was becoming straighter on a daily basis.  The left one we
continued to splint a couple of times a week.  He also had lost a lot of weight.  I thought about the food
issue, and realized that food is everything.  Lucky needed a better Ca/Phos ratio, and he needed a better
quality hay.  I started feeding our alfalfa at this time.  I also increased his handful of grain up to three
quarters of a coffee can (not too scientific), increased the beet pulp, and increased the herbs.  In Chinese
medicine he was Kidney Jing Deficient, and the only big way to supplement the post natal jing is by the
Spleen, making Gui Qi, from the food.  Ah, the light bulb went on.  I also moved him into a larger stall and
run.

After the move to the larger stall, Lucky took a slight step backwards in his progress.  I contribute this to
his increased exercise, and forced being exerted on his legs.  It was just a temporary setback, because he
just keeps on improving.  I gave him another foal to play with a couple of weeks later, and he did another
little temporary setback.   He continues to improve on a daily note, and expect in six to eight more weeks,
this leg problem will only be a past memory.







Horse bugged by flies

I have a horse that literally hates flies, almost to the extent that he will do cartwheels, somersaults      
and headstands to get one off his nose.  When ridden he constantly flings his head despite the          
comments from rider, "get over it, its just a fly"  You're a horse,
get used to it",  "chill out", "  stop being s big sissy", . . . . .    

He has heat issues--even on an average day he can be known to become cranky.  One day out of     
frustration, I recalled Dr. Xie discuss "Snake of Dragon", an herbal formula  which can treat liver yin    
deficiency, and help  rid the body of heat.  He then went on to tell us that it  helps ear problems.   I     
have used this herbal formula by itself to treat ear infections in dogs whose owners can not                
topically treat, and it has worked well.

I decided to give Long Dan a try - my horse has been eating this herb for two weeks and I'm               
delighted to report that he is a "changed man"--
95% Improved even in heat with the same environmental conditions.  So if that wasn't good                
enough, I thought I would take him off it, and see if he reverted to his old ways.  Yes, I can report        
not so happily, that the crab returned to his old ways.
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Below:
Lucky frolicking with his buddies.  

                   As you can see, he is loved, and admired by all.