LIVE: Rehabilitation Rx for Horses

By Speaker: Dr. Ali Morton • Published: February 18th, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves
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Live Edition: Animal Airwaves—Live is an hour-long call-in show that airs between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays on WUFT-FM in Gainesville. The show features faculty members from the UF Veterinary Hospitals who address a variety of topics relating to pet health care, including companion animals, exotic pets and horses.

No horse owner wants to encounter performance limiting injuries with their animal, but what can be done when this happens? If surgery or advanced therapies are needed, what happens next? Are there additional options to promote recovery? Horses that compete in high-level performance events are prone to certain types of injuries for which rehabilitative therapy can be very helpful. UF equine surgeon Ali Morton talks about some of the methods veterinarians recommend for getting horses back on their feet, how and why they work, and how even high-tech treatment such as stem cell therapy is being used at the UF Large Animal Hospital to help horses regain strength and soundness after surgery or trauma.