By Ashley Powers
I have owned CJ, an off-the-track Running Quarter Horse, for the better part of 16 years and his right hind has always been his “problem” leg. I’ve used him for hunter/jumper, eventing, trail riding, and now mostly dressage. A few years ago he got a cut on his right hind leg that I kept clean and wrapped but also treated with light therapy and microcurrent. Once the wound fully healed his leg swelled up awhile later and he was kept on a course of antibiotics to treat an internal infection.
Since then his hind leg has consistently been thick with a bump of scar tissue on the front of his cannon bone. For one reason or another, his unsightly right hind leg was put on the back burner because other issues would crop up that needed immediate attention. Over the last couple months I have noticed that his hind fetlocks have giving him trouble along with the thickening of his right hind leg and decided it was time to roll my sleeves up and go to work.
Microcurrent & The Roller + Iontophoresis
I have been doing a combination of Microcurrent Therapy (MCT) using the roller attachment on both hind legs and iontophoresis emphasizing on the annular ligaments (a.k.a. windpuffs). I continued this combination two to three times per week, alternating between both MCT and Iontophoresis for a month. Once I started seeing positive results I started applying support cast; using cast bandaging and Cool Cast poultice wraps. I kept the wraps on for two weeks and while his legs were in the support cast I continued to use MCT by placing electrodes above and below the cast so that I can still treat the covered area. While still in the cast wraps, CJ has a farrier appointment and my farrier couldn’t have been more impressed! Normally trimming up CJ’s hind hooves are quite the chore. But this time CJ was quiet and didn’t get unbalanced or upset in the slightest. Once I took the cast bandage off, not only were his legs tighter, he was standing more square on with…