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