Peninsula Equine Medical Center Study Confirms Vitafloor Whole Body Vibration Improves Equine Topline

An important study was just released, confirming that Vitafloor Whole Body Vibration improves the muscles in the equine topline. The study was done by Dr. Halsberghe and Dr. Peterson, both of Pensinsula Equine in Menlo Park, CA as well as Dr. Ross of Western University in Pomona, CA.

The results are very exciting as the authors conclude the following:

  1. Significant increase in muscle building was found in the back (m. multifidus) of the participating horses after only 30 and 60 days on the Vitafloor.
  2. A statistically significant improvement in m. multifidus symmetry (becoming more symmetrical) after 60 days on the Vitafloor. (This is important as this is thought of being a key factor in preventing recurrence of back pain in people. Due to the fact that the function and anatomy of m. multifidus in the horse is comparable to that in man, this would probably also help prevent back pain in horses, which is something we have claimed for a while).
  3. Whole Body Vibration may be a valuable alternative to dynamic mobilization exercises.

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The photo on the left was taken before the start of the Vitafloor treatment. The photo on the right after 60 days of treatment, twice a day, 5 times per week.

The study is important as it shows that Vitafloor treatment is very good at treating the top line of horses and helps to relieve back issues and is therefore very good for both horses in training as well as horses with injuries. For all of our rehab programs we use our safe and built-in Vitafloor stall unit is an integral part of all our treatments.

QH mare makes full comeback after rehab at Dutch Dreamhorses.

Thank you Kat for your kind words and your confidence in our rehab program.

“My 6yo QH mare came to DD January 1st of this year. From the moment I dropped her off I had a great sense of relief that she was in the best of care. Amazing Grace had suffered a small collateral tear in her left front foot and had been on stall rest for seven months. At DD she was able to get the active recovery that she needed. As a result of their diligent care, she is now ready to get back to work and is looking and feeling better than she ever has. I am forever grateful to Nicky, Robyn and the whole staff for bringing my girl back to her full potential. Thank you all so much, we are on our way but we will miss you!!”

Kat Ray – Corralitos

Another happy customer!

Thank you Marin Mapstead for your kind words about our rehab program!

“Dutch Dreamhorses, a beautiful, well kept, top of the line rehab and training facility, where amazing things happen! We brought 3 of our horses there. One lame, one with chronic colic issues, and the last, a senior horse with very bad feet. With the help of highly professional, knowledgeable care by the owners and friendly staff, our horses have all made full recoveries. One horses is ready for full ridden work again, the other has had no recurrences of colic, and the senior is able to go barefoot for the first time ever. I am amazed and grateful for such positive results with my horses while in their care. This rehab facility offers sessions on their world renowned Vitafloor which helps in working out the kinks and speeding up recovery for many injuries that may occur with horses. The results we received were so good, I purchased a Vitafloor myself to keep our horses in tip top shape. I highly recommend Dutch Dreamhorses rehab and training facility to anyone with an injured horse that wants great results. Thank you Dutch Dreamhorses for giving all my horses a new lease on happy, healthy lives!”

Marin Mapstead – Santa Cruz

New endorsement for our tendon rehab program

We received a very nice new testimonial highlighting the effectiveness and speed of our tendon rehab program. Thank you Lynda Twomey for providing this positive feedback.

“Our mare sustained a serious injury in the form of a core lesion of the medial lobe of the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) and the prognosis for her recovery was guarded, especially as she is a jumper. It was predicted to take at least 12-18 months before she could go back to work. We decided to send her to Dutch Dreamhorses for rehabilitation. After 6 ½ months Dr Galuppo, head of surgery at UC Davis, was very surprised when the CT recheck showed the lesion to have completely healed! She was gradually and carefully reintroduced to exercise, and continues to be very sound. I couldn’t be happier with the amazing care my mare received at Dutch Dreamhorses during her rehab. Nicki is so knowledgeable and deeply cares about the horses, she was absolutely great to deal with. Our mare was happy and relaxed throughout her rehab even though she was stall bound for the early part of it, and so far it looks like she has made a complete recovery from her injury. Dr. Galuppo and my own vet, Dr Jay Reynolds, were both surprised and extremely impressed with how fast our horse’s injury healed, this is certainly due to the focused attention and excellent care she received and also anecdotal evidence of the benefits of the Vitafloor treatments offered at the facility. I can highly recommend Dutch Dreamhorses for rehab services.”

Lynda Twomey – San Francisco

New testimonial for our rehab program

Thank you Bruce, Maria and Lena for your raving testimonial about the treatment of Aragon at our facility. We hope he continues to do well.

“Aragon came up lame in June 2014. After 3 months of routine stall rest and hand-walking and shock-wave therapy at Steinbeck, he was not even a little better. He had persistent daily hives despite allergy tests, tons of dexamethasone injections, hormone and joint injections as well as other assorted medications.

He came to Dutch Dreamhorses in the first week of October and after 4 months with you, he is as good as new–maybe even better. He is no longer lame, he has no hives and he is on no medications at all. He is so comfortable and happy that anybody who ever knew him can instantly see he is thriving.

As I’m sure you recall all too well, Aragon was a total mess when he arrived at Dutch Dreamhorses –lame on his remarkably swollen left hind, hives from head to toe, and being treated with multiple medications. We met with you and formulated a treatment plan for his lameness and decided to “detox” him off the medications. I clearly remember watching Nicky examine Aragon for the first time and how he moves. He had a good amount of hives when he arrived and we explained that his hives could get a lot worse if we went ahead and took him off his medicine. It felt like the right thing to do and when we drove away and left him with you on that first day Lena, Maria and I all felt very comfortable that Aragon was in good hands. Over those next few days, there were texts and phone calls while Aragon “detoxed” and his hives dramatically worsened –we all held our breath while we waited for Aragon’s immune system to reset itself, but we continued to feel that he was being watched/monitored as closely as possible, confirming our impression that he was in the right place. As scary as his hives were, the unusual and extremely hard type of swelling in his left hind fetlock was even more concerning. Dr. Durham flat out said that this type of swelling was so unusual in its nature, that he could not give any kind of prognosis. What we observed and Aragon experienced was reliable, systematic, patient, loving rehabilitation with incredibly close attention to every detail.

To say that there were times when I didn’t think Aragon’s hives or his fetlock swelling would resolve would be an understatement. But, of course, after a month we started to see little positive signs and with continued intensive therapy he did, in fact completely recover.

No hives on no medications!! Swelling completely resolved! Lena is riding him daily and he is stronger and stronger.

I know in my heart that if we would have followed most trainers routine recommendations that Aragon would be retired and perhaps not even rideable.

You guys were amazing for Aragon and for us as a family as well. Again, thank you for all you have done for Aragon and for our family. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts”

Dr. Bruce Block, Maria Caradonna and Lena Block – Santa Cruz

Katie Hoefs-Martin Dressage loves Sedelogic!

Thank you Katie Hoefs-Martin for choosing our Sedelogic Saddle Pads.

This is what Katie says about them:

“My clients and I love these pads and boots! I have a horse who always gets heat bumps under his saddle during the summer, but not on the days I use the Sedelogic pad. One thing I love about these pads is they don’t change the fit of a saddle that is custom fitted to the horse like other pads such as sheepskins often do. I have also found that if a saddle is slightly off, it’ll make a horse more comfortable until our saddle maker can come out. It fills in the problem spots without adjusting other areas, such as making the shoulders tighter while trying to balance out the back part.

My clients and I have noticed a higher level of comfort and forgiveness from their horses. Sometimes when working on a new move or even basic work like transitions, the rider may have a step of imbalance in their seat. Before, the horse would immediately notify the rider of their displeasure. Now the horse will give the rider at least a few steps to rebalance themselves before bracing in the back. Also, one of my clients’ favorite things about these pads is the ease of washing, which also makes them way more economical. We’ve also noticed a big difference in heat when using the boots. At the end of the ride the legs that have sheepskin lined boots are much hotter than the legs with Sedelogic boots.”

 Katie Hoefs-Martin: GP dressage trainer and USDF Gold Medallist

www.khmdressage.com

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President of American Hanoverian Society endorses Vitafloor!

Thank you Edgar Schutte for your positive feedback after having used our Vitafloor stall unit for about a year.

This is what Edgar says about our Vitafloor®: “The Vitafloor has become a very functional  part of keeping our horses healthy and happy. It loosens up the older horses that are body sore and arthritic and maintains muscle tone on injured ones that cannot exercise. On the way in they walk sore and on the way out their swing and elasticity is back. Vitafloor gives the horses with laminitis pain relieve and it helps build stronger hoof wall. We diverted serious colic cases including two foals with meconium impactions. Vitality is up on the elderly and it has helped young riding horses with sore backs. It’s very helpful with breeding; I put the older stallions on prior to collecting because it speeds things up. It also helps maintain the semen volume and density during the more frequent collection times on the older stallions, some in their mid twenties. Those that were slightly down in semen quantity and quality last year are back up and a year older. The Vitafloor is a safe, cost effective, non invasive way to help prevent problems and improve the horses well being.”

Edgar Schutte
President American Hanoverian Society
Rainbow Equus Meadows Inc.
www.rainbowequus.com

Marie Meyers Dressage endorses our Sedelogic Saddle Pads!

Thank you Marie Meyers and Marisa Festerling for your support of our Sedelogic Saddle Pads. This is what Marie and Marisa say about them.

“The Sedelogic pad is our favorite pad on the market. First of all it comes in different models, so it can adjust to make the horse and rider more comfortable. It’s ability to make the saddle not move on some horses that are difficult to fit make it invaluable to us as trainers and riders. We would highly recommend the Sedelogic pad to anyone for every horse.”

Marie Meyers & Marisa Festerling

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Laura Graves Dressage decides for Vitafloor!

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Verdades “Diddy” relaxes on his new portable Vitafloor VM0.

Vitafloor is proud to announce that Laura Graves Dressage has joined the Vitafloor team!

About Laura Graves: Laura Graves is a USDF Gold Medalist, 2014 Reserve Champion at the Festival of Champions and member of the United States Equestrian Team. In 2014, Laura and her top horse Verdades aka “Diddy”, were named to the US dressage team for the World Equestrian Games in France where the combination finished as the highest ranked American with a 5th place in the Grand Prix Kur. Laura and Diddy are currently ranked #21 in the World standings and have their home base in Apopka, FL. For more details about Laura, please visit her website at: www.crosstiesllc.com

What does Laura say about Vitafloor: Laura says: “I had the privilege of using a Vitafloor while stabled in Belgium in preparation for the 2014 World Equestrian Games. I was hesitant about my horse being nervous but he very quickly accepted the sessions and was soon leading himself onto the floor! Vitafloor helps keep my horses comfortable in ways that I can’t.  The vibration penetrates much deeper than any icing technology or massage and treats the whole body in every session. In addition to the physical benefits, the horses love it.”

About Vitafloor: Vitafloor® was initially developed in Europe over 10 years ago and was the first whole body vibration system (WBV) specifically developed for horses. After its successful introduction in Europe, Vitafloor was introduced into the U.S. in 2010, where it quickly became known as the premier vibrating floor system with top clients from various disciplines of equestrian sport. The company is headquartered in California and also has an office in The Netherlands, from which the European activities are coordinated. In addition, Vitafloor uses an extensive distributor network throughout Europe, the Middle and Far East. In the U.S. and Canada, the company is also the exclusive distributor for a full line of horse training equipment, including Euro Walkers, Horse Solariums, Safety Walls and Sedelogic Saddle Pads.