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    The Sanctuary Goes ‘Outside the Box’ at the Live Oak International Water Hazard

The Sanctuary Goes ‘Outside the Box’ at the Live Oak International Water Hazard

Ocala, FL Equine sports therapy and rehabilitation leader, The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center of Ocala already knows how to treat its equine and canine clients like a million dollars, and they demonstrated equally ample generosity of spirit by once again hosting The Sanctuary VIP Tent and ‘making a splash’ at the Water Hazard of the Live Oak International CDE Marathon course at Live Oak International. The perfect setting for a horse lover’s day, the shady and spacious Sanctuary VIP Tent presented a gracious and unimpeded view of each FEI and Intermediate teams as they entered and surged through the water and back to dry land for guests enjoying Southern hospitality at its best. And how lucky are the equines visiting Florida to have access to the care, facilities and technology The Sanctuary has to offer!

Longtime client, and Live Oak International host, Chester Weber, joined The Sanctuary guests for the early part of the marathon, lending his observations and good humor among fans and friends before then thrilling them with a picture-perfect performance negotiating the ‘Think Outside the Box’ Water Hazard’s covered bridge and figure eight patterns.

The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center has been partnering with Live Oak International since 2011 to offer the best of the sporting life’s tradition of hospitality, opening its VIP client tent for coffee and donuts at 9:00 a.m. as the first teams greeted the course and then at lunch Sanctuary guests enjoyed a buffet of pulled pork, barbecued chicken and fresh salads, and a VIP Bar offering sweet tea, lemonade and other equestrian high spirits.
“Chester is a long-time client and we are so proud to have him as part of our Ocala horse community” said Brenda McDuffee, general […]

The Sanctuary Sponsors 2013 Endurance Team Challenge

OCALA, FL. – The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center went all out for spectators, riders, and trainers at the North American Endurance Team Challenge CEI3* FEI invitational, hosted December 9-15 at Goethe State Forest and Black Prong Equestrian Center. As hosts of the After Party Bonfire and Barbecue, The Sanctuary celebrated the event in style with displays of their world class therapies and ice cold beers chilled in the Cold Saltwater Leg Spa.
“When the best endurance teams from the U.S., Canada and Mexico meet to compete, we love to show them some genuine Florida hospitality,” said Tom Grabe with The Sanctuary. The smart mix of socializing while learning about rehabilitative and therapeutic modalities The Sanctuary has to offer was a hit with all of the participants. “The chilled beers floating in our cold saltwater leg spa are always a favorite,” said Grabe.

The winners of the 160km USEF North American Endurance Team Challenge Race through Goethe State Forest, in 8 hours, 20 minutes, 22 seconds, were Jeremy Reynolds and RR Gold Dust Rising. The individual race was an FEI CEI3* competition; reserve went to Nicki Meuten and Not Tonight.

The team competition, with entries from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, was won by Reynolds and Meuten’s Southeast Team B. Aided by the contributions of riders Cheryl Van Deusen and Deborah Walker, the Southeast Team B total time of 27 hours, 6 minutes, 48 seconds was more than an hour ahead of closest contenders, Northeast Team C (28:19:04).

Endurance racing is the ultimate test of peak performance and when equine athletes require top-shelf rehabilitation and conditioning, The Sancutary offers a world-class facility with some of the most advanced conditioning and rehabilitation equipment in the world including […]

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    The Sanctuary Makes Improvements To Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber

The Sanctuary Makes Improvements To Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber

OCALA, FL. – The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, a world-class rehab and conditioning facility located in Ocala, Florida, has built a solid reputation on their ability to condition and rehabilitate equines of all disciplines. Part of The Sanctuary’s commitment to the equine industry involves continual improvements, as well as maintaining the highest of standards, on all of their state-of-the-art equipment.

“The highest safety standards for all horses, staff and visitors is of paramount importance to The Sanctuary, which lead to additional improvements to our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber,” said Brenda McDuffee, General Manager of The Sanctuary’s 30-acre Ocala facility.
“Our facility has had great success over the years with helping to rehab horses and get them back in the show ring or condition horses that are competing, and while our goal hasn’t changed we want to make sure we are doing it in the safest way possible.”
McDuffee explained that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a procedure that delivers increased amounts of oxygen to diseased or injured
tissues. It is currently one of the most powerful tools available as an adjunctive form of therapy, and in some cases it works well as the primary therapy for horses. Oxygen is delivered to the patient under pressure, the procedure concentrates the oxygen available in the air breathed by the horse, which allows more oxygen to be dissolved into the blood plasma and delivered to the injured or diseased tissues.

“The improvements we have made to our hyperbaric chamber are related to our control panel and backup systems,” she said. “In
human hyperbaric chambers they require double redundancy, or double backup systems, and that is what we have added to our machine at The Sanctuary.”

McDuffee added that The Sanctuary has always […]

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    Horse beats odds to survive, recuperates after unprecedented surgery at UF!

Horse beats odds to survive, recuperates after unprecedented surgery at UF!

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A year after University of Florida veterinarians removed a piece of bone from her badly fractured shoulder in a procedure believed to be the first of its kind, Graceful Leaguer, a 9-year-old quarter horse, is finally home with her owner after building back her strength through a combination of play and rehabilitative exercise.

That the horse, known as Gracie, is even alive is something of a miracle, given the medical challenges of her condition, said Sarah Graham, D.V.M., a clinical assistant professor in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s department of large animal clinical sciences and lead surgeon on the case. But the willingness of a local rehabilitation center to provide the horse with regular physical therapy to aid in her healing adds a special, well, saving grace to her story.

The horse came to UF as an emergency patient in November 2012. Andrew Smith, D.V.M., a large animal surgery resident, was on duty that night.

“Grace was unable to bear weight on her right front leg. She was in a lot of pain and distress,” Smith said.

Radiographs of the shoulder all were normal, but a subsequent bone scan revealed a rare fracture in an area of the humerus known as the lesser tubercle.

“There is no report in the literature of this type of fracture being fixed,” Graham said. “The fracture itself is very rare, but no one has ever tried to repair it or do anything with it.”

The prospect of surgery was daunting, in part because veterinarians knew the fracture’s location was deep and on the inside of the shoulder. Surgical access to that area is very difficult, Graham said. Routine fracture repair involves the use of bone screws and plates and would […]

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