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horse wound care
horse wound care
Carcinoma on the eyelid


At Cold River, we take a “whole horse” approach to sports medicine, helping your athlete quickly return to a healthy state.   An individual rehabilitation, exercise and nutritional program is formulated with you, your Veterinarian and/or trainer.   Wellness begins with a correct diagnosis of the problem or injury.  From this foundation, we emphasize attention to detail, starting from the bottom and working up.  We consider feet, joint health, internal correctness of digestion and utilization of nutrients, teeth, mental attitude, airway, vaccinations, and worming.  We call this a "Wellness Foundation", which is assessed for each and every horse. 

A HAPPY horse is a HEALING horse, which is why we provide daily turn out (as injury permits) for fresh air and sunshine!  This is a major factor for mental and physical health and wellness.  Turn out for each horse is available and is restricted in size and time per case.  

Our services are provided by us, our local Veterinarians and our farriers.  You can choose to use our Equine Professionals or have yours come to our barn.  We offer the following:

  • 24 Hours/7 Days a Week care by the Owner (who lives on site)
  • Hoof Care Evaluation and Corrective Shoeing
  • Nutritional Targeting  and Joint Health
  • Blood Analysis
  • Submersed AquaTred Treadmill
  • EuroCizer Tie-Free Hot Walker
  • Homeopathy and Herbal Remedies
  • Foal Monitoring
  • Dental Care
  •  Chiropractic Adjustments
  •  Hot and Cold Therapies
  • Ultrasound (EquiSonic)
  •  Infrared Laser
  • Massage Therapy 
  •  Acupuncture
  •  Electrical Stimulation (E-Stim or MicroCurrent)
  •  Mental Relaxation/Lay-Ups
  •  Training (ages 2 to 20!)
  •  Veterinarian Approved Medications
  •  Personalized Feeding Schedules (including supplements) 
  • Advanced Bandaging Techniques
  • Support Wraps
  • Soft-Ride Equine Therapy Boots

Our facility welcomes any Farrier, Veterinarian, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor or Alternative Therapy Provider of the owner's choice!

Equine Physical Therapy
MicroCurrent (E-Stim) Therapy
Equine Physical Therapy
Ultrasound session

The latest addition to our rehabilitation technology is the InfraTonic Ultrasonic unit.  It works by emitting low-level energy sound waves.  It uses a highly unpredictable sound signal within a precise frequency range that accelerates healing, reduces pain and increases circulation.  Testing in hospitals and research labs later found that low-frequency sound was indeed effective at increasing vitality, accelerating healing and strengthening the immune function.   The sound waves not only penetrated the intracellular matrix, they began normalizing cells' abnormal reactions (e.g., pain, inflammation) to injury or trauma.  The first therapeutic Ultrasonic unit was developed in 1988 at the Chi Institute headquarters.

Regular users of the InfraTonic Ultrasound unit have been winners of the prestigious Kentucky Derby for three of the last seven years, and have placed first in many other prestigious races. In addition, Ultrasound has been used to bring many injured horses back to health and performance.  

InfraTonic Ultrasound session
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Day One - Barbed wire fence injury
Day 19
Day 31
Day 47
Day 85
Rex Hand, Certified Journeyman
As any good barn knows, farrier service is of utmost importance.  We have been blessed to have Certified Journeyman Rex Hand treating our horses.  He has handled cases as difficult as severe founder with rotation, injuries involving the hoof walls, seedy toe, thrush, overgrowth due to neglect and customized shoes for all types of special needs.  His horse handling skills are unbeatable!  In fact, I have seen the wildest of Thoroughbreds fall asleep half way through his care!   Our farrier rotates through our barn every 3 weeks to ensure that new arrivals get immediate attention. 
shoe set too far forward - horse lame
reset shoe - sound within 2 weeks
Chiropractic adjustment


Over the years, we have found that horses suffering from skeletal misalignment can dislpay many types of psychological and physical ailments.  These can range from short stepping on one leg, arthritis, gait abnormalities, bucking, biting, colic and overall poor performance.  By the use of Chiropractic care, many issues can be addressed and corrected.  We have found that this aids in the healing process by allowing the body to properly align ligaments, tendons, muscle tissue and overall mental wellbeing due to the relief of pain.

Our facility proudly works with Dr. Joseph Parrish, Chiropractic Physician, a 1977 graduate of Palmer College, he began animal chiropractic in 1993. He has aided many horses in our care, from Ropers to Racers to 3-Day Eventers!.  His gentle technique and incredible knowledge of horses combine to aid in the success of recovery.   We have recommended chiropractic care to horses in rehab, training and routine maintenance for sport performance horses. 


Dr. Quam


Stimulation of the sore points is the basic means of treatment with acupuncture. The traditional method of stimulation is by inserting a needle at the point as well as lasers and electrical stimulation.  Some veterinarians inject Vitamin B12 and other homeopathic medications in the points to increase the duration of the treatment.  Most abnormal situations of the body, such as pain, inflammation, decrease or increase in circulation, decrease or increase in myofacial tone, etc., are already mapped out by the central nervous system. The central nervous system reflects this map onto the surface of the body by way of the acupuncture meridians and points. By palpation of the meridians and points, noticing increased or decreased reflexes and differences in tissue quality (firm, soft, yielding to pressure, tightening up under pressure, warm, cold, etc.), the acupuncturist can figuratively read the reflected map. This not only helps in locating the problem areas but also helps in differentiating between primary and secondary lameness.  Our facility uses Gayla Maas, DVM.  She received her DVM in 1993 from Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine and her certification of Veterinary Acupuncture in 2005, from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). She is a member of IVAS and also American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA).  Dr. Maas has been a major asset to our facility by not only administering acupuncture but increasing healing with Chinese Herbs.  The changes we have seen with her remedies are incredible!!  She practices at our facility with scheduled appointments only or you can reach her at http://www.needlesticker.com/about.html.


Acupuncture Therapy
Equine Physical Therapy
Microcurrent to release contracted tendons


Used to reduce pain, increase local circulation, and promote healing.  Electrodes applied to the skin deliver low-voltage, intermittent stimulation to surface nerves in the skin. The transmission of pain signals is blocked, and endorphins, the body's natural pain killers, are released. This type of stimulation is non-invasive and non-addictive. It has no side effects and can be used to treat acute or chronic pain. Medical research shows that decreasing the pain signal allows the body to heal.  

Indications for use

  • joint swelling
  • laminitis
  • superficial and deep wounds
  • bucked shins
  • tendonitis
  • range of motion loss
  • acupuncture and trigger point stimulation
  • muscle atrophy

Racehorse barbed wire fence injury
Removal of dead tissue, muscle exposed
Growth of new, healthy tissue
Equine Physical Therapy
Game Ready Cold Therapy system

Cold Therapy: We use a variety of means to cool limbs and afflicted body tissues.  We use immersion in a foot/leg boot, cold packs, gel packs and the Game Ready Cold Therapy System.  During summer months, the temperature of the AquaTred can also be adjusted to either cool or heat limbs as they rehabilitate in the pool. 

Cold treatment indications:

  • muscle pain
  • bleeding wounds to promote immediate vasoconstriction

  • severe bruises or hematomas resulting from direct trauma 

  • concussion from splints or bucked shins

  • swelling from surgery or an injury
  • reaction to an intermuscular injection
  • acute tendonitis
  • to lessen the inflammatory reaction


Enjoying the cooling effect of therapy


      Heat can come in many forms, from superficial to deep, using heat packs, infrared, direct heat lamps and solariums (artificial sunshine).   We offer heat packs, heat lamps and topical heat poultices. 

      Indications for use:

          • Bursitis
          • Sore muscles
          • Tendonitis
          • Adhesive capsulitis
          • Hoof abscesses
          • Sore Backs
          • Arthritis


          As one can see, there are several treatments for similar injuries.  We have found that it's not just ONE thing that cures a disease or injury, it's a COMBINATION of several different treatments that come together to make your horse "whole" again.