Care for the Horses
Methodical feeding and regular grooming for the horses are part of the staple care. In addition Julie Burridge ensures that the horses maintain optimal health by adopting up to date non-invasive therapies.
It is the norm that all racehorses work in an intense training environment. They are exposed to daily work levels that keep increasing as part of pre-race training. Although speed is the ultimate goal, it can be a double-edged sword. It can also make them prone to muscle soreness, bruises and knocks among others. Thus the following therapies are applied regularly to ensure that the racehorses remain in peak condition.
Equissage and BioScan: Non-invasive Therapy for Horses.
Equissage equipment and technique
Considered one the of safest forms of physiotherapy available, Equissage is a form of electrical “cycloid” massage delivered through a back pad, a hand-held pack or a leg and tendon boot. The stimulation produced through any of these methods improves local-site blood circulation and venous drainage. It also encourages lymphatic drainage, relaxes muscles and releases tension while increasing joint mobility and improving respiratory conditions. Equissage can be used on both injured and healthy horses alike.
When any of the horses’ nerve or acupressure points are blocked, it leads to poor performance in the shape of shortened strides, head and neck problems, and even possible hip or shoulder lameness. The Equissage back pack is then used to provide muscle and skeletal relief, while simultaneously increase the activity of the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Prior to racing, this can be used (pre-holding yard) to warm up a horse and used again post-race to reduce any detrimental build-up of lactic acid or stiffening of muscles and joints.
Used together with the back pad (used for stimulating lymphatic drainage), the hand pack becomes effective on specific muscles and joints. The hoof, especially, benefits as bruising can be minimized and circulation increases to promote healthy hoof growth.
Together with Equissage, Julie currently uses the more specifically targeted BioScan system for its therapeutic and remedial capacity. The hand-held BioScan light generates photo-dynamic light, tuned to specific frequencies. Cellular tissues absorb this infrared energy, causing a biological response within that cellular tissue, releasing healing enzymes into the cellular structure.
Apart from delivering similar benefits to the Equissage system in terms of increased blood circulation and muscle stimulation, BioScan aids in the repair process, encouraging damaged cells to be replaced more promptly. Tissue granulation, imperative as part of the healing process in wounds, ulcers or general inflammation, is also stimulated and the overall immune response is energized.
Both these easy-to-use portable therapy machines are in constant use in the Burridge stables with a possible six to eight horses receiving treatment each afternoon.
Equilibrium Massage Pad
– Massage Therapy Massage Pad- Wellness naturally
Clinically proven to promote relaxation, improve back flexibility and even increase stride length. Each massage session strokes, vibrates and oscillates, stimulating the muscles- a sensation enjoyed by the horses. At Steven Burridge Racing this is applied on horses who have had a hard race or whom are about to race. It promotes blood flow and horses benefit tremendously from the soothing effect.
Game Ready System
The Game Ready System has proven to be an excellent instrument in expediting recovery from injuries and ailments while preventing long-term damage. It is based on the traditional recovery principle-RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) used by top athletes all over the world. The technology behind this accelerated recovery system was developed using proprietary NASA spacesuit technology by scientists and doctors. The reliable tool with proven track record for human recovery has since been adapted to equine needs by equestrian professionals and veterinarians.
A common result to any horse injury is inflammation which also leads to pain. Inflammation affects blood vessels and tissue cells. When injury is not treated early enough, it can have serious repercussions on the horse’s health. When administered effectively, Game Ready can significantly reduce damage to the tissue cells, decrease pain and muscle spasm through the RICE principles.
This handy gadget is used regularly at Steven Burridge Racing Stables for all horses as part of preventive measures as well as for rehabilitation after racing or injuries. Horses are given the best treatment that technology has to offer to maintain their good health at all times.