Horse Rehab Center


WELCOME BACK. IS IT SPA OR A GYM FOR HORSES WITH LOTS THE OF PLAY TIME? WHAT’S BEHIND THE BRAND NEW FACILITY ON LONG ISLAND TO REHABILITATE INJURED HORSES WHETHER AT THE RACETRACK OR YOUR VERY BIG BACKYARD. AT THE NEWLY OPENED REHAB CENTER IN WEST HEMPSTEAD IT’S TIME FOR A GOOD WASH. THEN ON TO A RELAXING DIP IN THE HOT TUB BEFORE FINISHING IT OFF BY TAKING IN A QUICK TAN. LOOKS LIKE YOUR TYPICAL SPA EXPERIENCE FOR THIS MIX OF SHOW AND RACEHORSES, BUT THERE IS MUCH MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE HERE. THIS RIGHT HERE IS THE MUSCLE, AND SHE HAD AN INJURY. Reporter: THIS THERAPY IS EFFECTIVE FOR HORSES WHO HAVE SURGERY OR INJURIES TO THEIR LEG. THE GOAL IS TO CUT DOWN RECOVERY TIME. Reporter: ALEX JACOBSON OPENED THE REHAB CENTER INSIDE THE EQUESTRIAN CENTER. TRAINERS USE CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY TO RELAX THE INJURED HORSES INTO WHAT EVENTUALLY BECOMES A VIGOROUS WORKOUT SUCH AS SLOSHING AWAY ON THIS TREADMILL SUBMERGED IN WATER. IT’S DRAWN THE INTEREST OF PROFESSIONAL RACERS. YOU COULD GET A HORSE THAT WOULD TAKE THREE MONTHS TO HEAL. YOU TAKE THEM TO A FACILITY LIKE THIS WHERE YOU GET THEM BACK TO THE RACES IN A MONTH. Reporter: RATHER THAN A HOT TUB, THE WATER IN THE AQUA TRAINER ARE COOL TO STIMULATE MUSCLE TISSUE. THERE IS NO TANNING IN THE VIBRATING SOLARIUM THAT USES A VIBRATING PULSATING PLATFORM TO DELIVER SOOTHING INFRARED LIGHT. PROVEN EFFECTIVE IN HORSES HAVING TROUBLE STANDING. REHAB MANAGERS SAY THE HIGH WATERS AND THE GIANT HYDRO SPA ACTUALLY CREATE A SENSE OF FLOATING FOR THE HORSES EVEN AS THEY TROT ON TO THEIR RECOVERY. AND JOINING US NOW ARE ALEX JACOBSON. HE IS THE OWNER OF THE CLINIC YOU SAW AND THE NEW YORK EQUESTRIAN CENTER WHERE THE HORSE REHAB SITS ON EAGLE AVENUE IN WEST HEMPSTEAD. AND DENISE SMITH WHO RUNS THE HORSE REHAB CLINIC AT THE EQUESTRIAN CENTER. WELCOME TO THE SHOW. THANKS. YOU SPENT MILLIONS BUILDING A NEW EQUESTRIAN CENTER AT THIS, WHAT I GUESS IS ABOUT A CENTURY OLD SITE WHERE HORSING HAS GONE ON FOR MANY DECADES. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE SAYING IT’S A BIT OF A TREASURE RIGHT OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY? YES. YOU KNOW, ITS HISTORY GOES TO 1924 WHERE IT WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT. OVER THE YEARS IT’S FALLEN INTO A DILAPIDATED STATE OF DISREPAIR WHEN I PURCHASED IT IN 2006. I HAD A VISION ON MAKING IT A STATE-OF-THE-ART INDOOR FACILITY THAT COULD SUSTAIN THE NEXT 100 YEARS. SO WE DID THAT. YOU HAVE THE CUTTING EDGE STUFF. DENISE, OUR ANCHORS WERE JOKING THEY WOULD LOVE TO GIVE THAT A TRY. YOU COULD SEE THEM TAKING A DIP IN THE AQUA TRAINER? I AM SURE IT’S SIMILAR TO A DAY AT RED DOOR. IT’S QUITE THE WORKOUT FOR THESE HORSES. IT IS. EXPLAIN WHAT IS MEANT WITH EACH MACHINE. YOU HAVE THE AQUA TRAINER THERE. YOU HAD THE ONE WITH THE PULSATING LIGHTS, THE INFRARED LIGHTS. TALK ABOUT WHAT THESE DO TO HELP THE INJURED HORSES. EACH MACHINE IS UNIQUE IN ITS OWN WAY. ALL THESE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ARE STATE-OF-THE-ART. IT REALLY DEPENDS ON WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING TO CONDITION THE HORSE TO PREVENT AN INJURY OR WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING TO ASSIST OR RECOVER AN INJURY. WE WORK CLOSE WITH A LOT OF VETERINARIANS AND SOME OF THE BEST TRAINERS IN THE COUNTRY. WE REFER TO WHATEVER REHABILITATION PROGRAM THEY GIVE US FOR EACH PIECE OF EQUIPMENT. I WAS SURPRISED TO HEAR HOW MANY HORSES GET INJURED. IT’S PRETTY ROUTINE FOR THEM TO SUFFER — WHAT TYPE OF INJURIES DO THEY SUFFER? MAJORITY OF THE INJURIES THAT WE COMMONLY SEE ARE MUSCLE RELATED, TENDON RELATED, LIGAMENT RELATED. HAS THIS TREATMENT BEEN PROVEN EFFECTIVE? HOW IS THIS BETTER THAN WHAT THERE WAS BEFORE COMPARED TO WHAT YOU USE DODD? THERE IS A LOT OF CONVENTIONAL WAYS WE USED TO APPROACH MEDICAL SITUATIONS LIKE THAT BY USING THESE STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT, IT CUTS THE TIME IN HALF. THERE HAS BEEN TWO DECADES OF STUDIES SHOWING DRAMATIC RESULTS. YEAH. AND IT QUICKENS THE TIME BECAUSE A LOT OF THIS IS LIKE WOULD HAVE BEEN MANUAL LABOR BEFORE, RIGHT, ALEX? ABSOLUTELY. THERE HAS BEEN CASE STUDIES DONE BY UNIVERSITIES FOR THE LAST TWO DECADES AND THE BEST WRITERS IN THE COUNTRY AS WELL AS VETERINARIANS STAND BEHIND THIS TYPE OF REHABILITATION AND CONDITIONING FOR THEIR HORSES. AND IT’S NOT THE JUST RACEHORSES WHO WOULD BE GOOD FOR THIS. YOU GET SHOW JUMPERS. PEOPLE WHO OWN HORSES. WOULD THIS WORK FOR THEM AS WELL? ABSOLUTELY. THIS IS FOR ANY INJURY ON ANY HORSE. WHILE COMPETITION HORSES LIKE ATHLETES, YOU KNOW, MIGHT GO ON THERE A LITTLE BIT MORE STRAIN. THIS IS MORE LUCRATIVE FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO WORK SOONER. ANY HORSE THAT SUFFERED A MUSCLE INJURY, A TENDON INJURY OR A LEG INJURY WOULD BENEFIT FROM A NUMBER OF THESE. SO DENISE, HOW MUCH TIME CAN IT CUT FROM THE REHAB IN A TYPICAL CASE? IT AGAIN DEPENDS MAINLY ON THE INJURY. FOR EXAMPLE, IF THERE IS A STIFLE INJURY, WITH THE MORE CONVENTIONAL WAYS OF MEDICALLY MANAGING THAT WITH THE VETERINARIAN, THAT INJURY CAN TAKE UP TO A YEAR DEPENDING ON WHICH TOMORROW OF, YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT’S STALL REST OR TURNING THE HORSE OUT TO A PASTURE. THESE MACHINES CAN PRETTY MUCH GET THE HORSE GOING UP WITHIN 60 TO 90 DAYS. THEN THEY ARE BACK TO WORK. OF COURSE, YOU ARE AVOIDING SURGERY IN SOME CASES. THE MORE SEVERE CASES YOU HAVE TO GO FOR THAT? SURE. THIS IS GREAT FOR POSTOPERATIVE CARE AS WELL AS MAINTAINING AND REALLY KEEPING THE HORSES OUT OF SURGERY. WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION? WE WORK CLOSELY WITH CORNELL RUFFIAN HOSPITAL IN NEW YORK ACROSS FROM BELMONT RACETRACK. THEY CAN REFER FOLKS TO YOU POST-OPERATIVE. THAT’S THE FAMOUS CORNELL? YEAH, CORNELL HOSPITAL. RECENTLY RE-OPENED AT BELMONT RACETRACK, YOU KNOW. AND THEY ARE SERVICING ALL THE HORSES ON LONG ISLAND NOW, WHICH IS A GREAT BENEFIT. IF SOMEBODY IS INTERESTED IN THIS, HOW DO THEY REACH YOU GUYS TO HAVE THEIR HORSE LOOKED AT BY YOU FOLKS? WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND A REFERRAL FROM THEIR VETERINARIAN OR ONE OF THE SURGEONS OR MAIN VETS OVER AT CORNELL RUFFIAN EQUINE HOSPITAL. EVERYBODY LOVES IT. LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE HAVING FUN, TOO, IF THEY COULD SMILE. THEY PROBABLY DO SMILE. THEY DO.

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