Here is another article about things going on around Rochester.
This week, Alisha Foster of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle made a visit to a local stable to see how rehabilitative veterinarian Kristin Browne helps her horses get ready to race. While some vets may recommend acupuncture, Browne feels it’s a little too inconsistent from subject to subject.
“I always talk about having a love-hate relationship with acupuncture because when it works, it’s fantastic,” Brown said. “When it doesn’t, obviously it doesn’t. And it’s hard to know what animals are going to respond.”
As they prepared for the 26th annual Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials, Browne’s horses were getting a different kind of treatment: veterinary laser therapy. Targeting specific problem areas with bursts of healing light, the average session only lasts between 10 and 20 minutes and is painless, so it’s less likely to upset or disrupt the animal. Browne comments on testing all of her methods on herself before trying anything new on her animals.
“It takes maybe a few hours to actually work,” she said. “You don’t feel it. There’s no heat … When I first did it I was like, oh, it’s not doing anything for me. And then before I knew it, my neck felt better.”
Because the Horse Trials will involve competing in events like jumps and dressage, it’s essential for Browne’s horses to be pain-free. One horse, Time to Tango, suffered from arthritis from his earlier days as a professional racehorse. Laser therapy helps to prevent any further worsening of his condition, while promoting healing of the target area.
Browne will also be giving laser therapy treatments to 14 other competing horses. Though she’s been attending the event since 1990, this will only be her second year competing, with her horse Sirius.
“It’s a hobby for me… you’ve really got to train a lot for it. It’s hard to find the time.”
You can see Browne, and all her horses out, at Altair farms in Macedon, where she runs her Thera-Vet Rehabilitation Center.