When your horse needs the best in care, come to Stonewall Equine Rehab and Fitness, “SERF,” for rehabilitation and conditioning. Located at the reknown Fulton Ranch in Stonewall, Texas, the newly opened rehabilitation center is second to none. Top veterinarians recommend SERF for their clients because they offer the most advanced equipment, a skilled and dedicated staff and a safe facility for their horses.
One element of rehab and fitness programs often overlooked is the relationship between the horse owner, attending veterinarian and rehab facility staff. At SERF, Dr. Kurt Harris “speaks their language” and is able to work directly with their client’s veterinarians, to follow the prescribed treatment plan for each individual horse. Working together, they customize which therapies will provide the best plan of action for either injury/surgery recovery or fitness and conditioning. Dr. Harris has direct industry success with the highest caliber of horses in cutting, working cow horse, reining, roping and jumping. The development and management of SERF was a natural extension to apply his 30 years of veterinary medical practice with his passion for equine athletes. Together with his wife Merle, an avid horsewoman with lifelong equestrian pursuits such as breeding Quarter Horses, racing and ranch versatility, they are dedicated to providing an unparalleled experience at SERF.
A full slate of therapeutic programs is available at SERF in Stonewall, Texas. Headlining their facility is the high tech, premier submerged underwater treadmill system byHydroHorse. This unit is a combination of a treadmill, whirlpool and a swimming pool – all in an oversized, highly effective and safe environment. The larger size allows for more freedom of movement by the horse, while supporting up to half of the horse’s body weight. They built a long entrance and exit ramp, giving horses of all sizes more security and safety. Using this therapy, it aids in healing, strengthening, conditioning and training of all types of horseswhile avoiding the concussive stress and potential for re-injury of track or arena workouts.
The Nautilus Equine Salt Water Spa is designed to treat lower leg injuries and disease. It is the only brand of spa equipped to provide both hot and cold saltwater therapies as needed. The cold saltwater therapy addresses “wear and tear” conditions such as tendon and ligament injuries, inflammation, arthritis and laminitis. It can be used as a preventative as well. The hot saltwater feature stimulates blood flow and loosens sore/stiff muscles, which helps to decrease the likelihood of injuries common to world class equine athletes.
SERF also provides therapy with a low frequency ultrasound to treat many equine musculoskeletal conditions. By using low frequency ultrasound it is possible to stimulate cellular and molecular effects within cells that are centrallyinvolved within the inflammatory and healing process. Although new to equine medicine, it is the most widely used electrophysical agent used by physiotherapists ( i.e. osteopaths and sports therapists). It is beneficial in a variety of soft tissue injuries, chronic muscle pathologies (atrophy, fibrosis and fibrotic myopathies), tendonitis, suspensory desmitis, bursitis, and scar tissue softening. Also, it aids in treating bone pathologies such as sesamoiditis, splints, arthritis, micro fractures, ringbone and kissing spine. Ultrasound therapy is able to increase joint mobility, improve tendon and ligament elasticity,decrease muscular pain and inflammation as well as stimulate acupuncture points.
One of the newest additions is the full stall Vibration Plate therapy. This allows the horse to walk around a stall freely, without having to be tied or hand-held, and still gain the circulatory benefits of the vibration plate therapy. This therapy reduces soreness, helps increase oxygen uptake in the muscles, and aids in recovery.
In addition, the facility offers an 8 horse Eurociser, a 5/8th of a mile training track, premium 47 stall barn and beautiful grass pastures. All amenities at Fulton Ranch are designed with the comfort and well being of the horses at the forefront.
Referring veterinarians, trainers and horse owners areinvited to inquire about rehabilitation and fitness conditioning at SERF. Check out the Facebook page StonewallEquineRehabFacility and the new website at www.stonewallequinerehab.com or contact them directly by calling 830.644.2001.