From Jane Davies 2002:
"Sheza Breeze" - a.k.a. "Arnie"
Sheza Breeze, or as we know her,
Arnie, is a chestnut Australian Stock Horse filly,
the first foal by Royal Champion Heza Bruce out of
a mare who has produced Royal winners - so she had
a big reputation to live up to! She didn't let us
down, winning the weanling futurity at Sydney Royal
On the 18th of April we noticed
that Arnie was in some sort of trouble. She was not
interested in moving and was carrying her near-side
hind leg and just pivoting in a circle. The vet was
called and the prognosis was that it could be a fractured
or broken hip, or torn muscles and ligaments, but
without x-rays this couldn't be confirmed. X-rays
would mean knocking her out and laying her on the
ground, which could in turn cause more damage, so
the decision was made to put her on painkilling drugs
and see how she went for a month.
The first two weeks saw very little
improvement. She was extremely stiff, had very little
mobility, and was not really interested in anything.
She seemed to be in pain, but would still whinny at
you and was still picking at her food. She had not
lain down, which was very unusual for her.
We started to ask around for different ideas to see if we could help her get through this, so we consulted an equine chiropractor who suggested laser therapy, so the search was on for a laser device.
While searching the web we came
across Peter Jenkins at Spectra-Medics. He kindly
hired us a SpectraVET laser. With consultation from
the chiropractor we worked out how to treat the affected
was very happy to have the laser treatment twice a
day. The difference in a week was amazing: she was
getting back her mobility and finally laid down after
3 weeks, although she had to be picked up every morning
until she was strong enough to get up herself. After
two weeks the treatment was dropped to once a day
and she was moving soundly, galloping and bucking
around the paddock - which was unbelievable compared
to just three weeks before.
She is now back on her way to hopefully a continued successful show career!
to visit Ivery Park Stud.