Dreamers Issues: Joint Calcification & Limping
In August I purchased a horse named Dreamer. Approximately a month later, I noticed that he had developed a limp, but I did not think much about it because it was not very serious and was not affecting his performance while being trained for barrel racing. However, the following February, I observed that he was getting noticeably worse as he was favoring his right front foot. By the end of February, I had stopped riding him due to him limping so badly.
In early March, I took him to our veterinarian to determine the exact nature of his injury. The veterinarian decided to take a series of x-rays of Dreamer’s front right foot. These x-rays revealed that he had a calcium deposit in his front right pastern positioned very close to the deep digital flexor tendon. The vet was concerned that if it increased in size, the deposit could possibly sever this tendon. This would occur due to the pressure and stress on his foot from competing in barrel racing competitions. His prognosis was that if I wanted to continue to run barrels on Dreamer, he would have to either “de-nerve” the back of his foot, administer steroid injections, or put wedged shoes on both Dreamer’s front feet. I did not feel comfortable with the first two options, but I felt that putting the wedged shoes on him might be of some help.
As I was reviewing what to do, I remembered a product called NZYMES Sprouted Granules that my sister was feeding to her dog. When she first started using them, she suggested that I ought to use them with my horse Dreamer. At that time I did not think much about it, but now I began wondering if this product could, in fact, help Dreamer. By mid-March, I started giving Dreamer the NZYMES Sprouted Granules Within a few short days, I started seeing results. He was putting more pressure on his foot while standing. Within a couple of weeks, I started working him lightly in the round pen – and after about a month of him being on the granules, I was riding him again!!
By June he was doing so much better that I decided to return to the vet to see if the calcium deposit had gotten any bigger. The new x-rays showed that it had not! By the end of June, Dreamer was looking so much better; I decided to resume his barrel racing training. Praise God, he did great! He never limped, and within a few months, I was running him through the pattern (something I thought was impossible!!). In September, we went to our first barrel racing competition, and he did wonderfully. In December, I took him back to the vet to get his foot x-rayed again just to make sure that the deposit had not grown. And in order to compete, I wanted to be sure there was no danger to his health. The results were the calcium deposit had gotten smaller!! I am so amazed how God had answered prayer, to help my horse, and thus give him a future of running barrels. A dream I have always had. At this time, Dreamer is doing great, loving his NZYMES Sprouted Granules and enjoying running barrels again!!
All glory be to God!!
Aubree Allen, Aledo, TX
Nutritional Support for Horse Calcification & Joint Health Issues