The ArcEquine revolution

The ArcEquine revolution

Glowing testimonials for http://arcequine.com/, who feature on page 126 of the September issue of So Magazine ( http://go.epublish4me.com/ebook/ebook?id=10052826#/128 ) :

I’m an amateur event rider competing at BE novice level. I was introduced to ArcEquine by Lena Pearson-Wood and Francis Whittington to use on my horse during the event season for maintenance. Before using the ArcEquine we had been needing Lena’s services on my horse almost on a monthly basis – when I began using the ArcEquine the results were immediate and I was able to run my horse weekend after weekend without him becoming stiff and without the services of Lena. In one season alone the unit had paid for itself. During the event season last year I wore the unit myself for maintenance and noticed that previous backaches due to riding disappeared. When I recently had ligament aches my knees were so sore I struggled to stand up: one night of wearing the unit again and I haven’t had any further aches in my knees. My sister’s horse fell over a few weeks ago and had deep wounds to both knees which looked like they couldn’t possibly heal without leaving dents; however within days of wearing the unit the flesh had healed with no dents. I feel over the last 18 months the units have become part of our daily routine in our family and are the first thing we all call on when there’s a problem in our or our horses health. – Jo Fuller

In January, my thoroughbred Pirate broke his neck. The horse I had put everything into for years – the horse on whom all my hopes and dreams for the future rested, of competing internationally – was suddenly fighting for his life. He was extremely painful for the first couple of weeks; his near inability to move over the first few days, and the neurological systems in his hind end. An X-ray showed a significant crack in the body of one of his vertebrae, dangerously close to his spinal cord: further displacement could mean death. The vet broke the news to me that Pirate could never be ridden again. The break was too significant, the side effects too permanent. The best we could hope for was to make him comfortable enough to be a pasture pet. I had organized a clinic with Francis Whittington from ArcEquine (initially just so he could help me with Pirate before the move up to Advanced). At first, I thought the timing couldn’t have been worse, but as it turned out, it couldn’t have been better. Francis was my shoulder to cry on, the mentor I desperately needed – and he refused to let me lose hope. He was devastated for me, but while the rest of us accepted what we thought had to be true, Francis stepped in and told me that I had to try something, and I mustn’t lose hope. The answer seemed to be in this interesting little microcurrent unit Francis had brought over for his own broken finger, not knowing of Pirate’s condition. “Just give it a try,” he told me. Figuring we had nothing to lose, I thought, “Why not?” While I still had a very lame Pirate standing in my barn, Francis had not only lifted my spirits but also been so kind as to leave me with his own personal ArcEquine unit, which I started to put on Pirate overnight. Then, something remarkable started to happen, very quickly. Pirate went from very uncomfortable and barely able to move, to walking around almost normally. The first few weeks of his injury, Pirate had displayed no desire to get out of his stall; he was in too much pain. But he met me one morning ready to tear his stall down, the same bright Pirate I’ve always known, and seemingly overnight, much of his pain, inflammation, and neurological symptoms almost vanished. He didn’t go completely sound right away, but suddenly he was marching around almost normally, even attempting to trot. Throughout the months, continuing to wear the ArcEquine daily, my horse amazed: by March, vets, friends, family, and students were astounded when they would watch him trot up, completely sound. In April, when he was put on supervised turn-out in the big field, he began to take himself on trot-sets around the pasture, quietly and methodically making the figure eight pattern we do for fitness when I’m on him. On July 2 – six months after breaking his neck – X-rays showed beautifully healed vertebrae with no impingement on the spinal canal. It was truly miraculous. On that day, I heard words I had never expected to hear – I could get back on my Pirate. I hacked him bareback up to the road to his favourite field and he marched down the road, seeking contact. After two weeks of walking, we began to introduce trot in short little increments – 30secs here and there – and continued to walk on the road for around an hour and a half a day. Gradually these short trot-sets increased, and trot poles were introduced, and I began to allow him to carry himself on the bit, if that’s where he wanted to be. Today marks 7 weeks from the day I was told I could ride him again, and today, Pirate and I cantered. 1 minute each lead, with a 20 minute trot-set. Today, when I stood in my stirrups and allowed him to canter, felt him reach out his neck to the contact and try to lengthen his stride, thinking we might finally be going for a gallop, it all became real: my Pirate is coming back. The vet says if all goes well, we’ll start him over cross-rails soon. Then the sky’s the limit I suppose. I will be forever grateful to Francis Whittington and Ian Thirkell for the ArcEquine, as I truly believe that, even with our amazing support team over here, we couldn’t have done this without you all. I will continue to use the ArcEquine as a part of our program to ensure Pirate’s comfort and well-being – while he comes back into full work, and in the horse trials we hope to run again one day. Thank you all at ArcEquine so much, for giving me my Pirate back. With all our love, Kelsey and Pirate. – Kelsey Briggs