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Tim Ritchey, trainer of Afleet Alex, had a problem. Two of his most promising young horses had come up with tendon lesions.

An ultrasound in September 2012 of a prize 2-year old thoroughbred filly showed a 12% Palmar Border Lesion right front superficial digital flexor tendon.

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On the same day a promising 2-year old thoroughbred colt injured his right front superficial digital flexor tendon. An ultrasound diagnosis confirmed an acute 7% Core Lesion.

The typical chance of recovery from this type of injury with traditional modes of therapy is at best about 50%. His vet, Dr. Kathleen Anderson, DVM (Vice President of the AAEP) of Equine Veterinary Care at Fair Hill Training Center, suggested he try a recently released technology to treat the problem. 

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On Dr. Anderson’s, recommendation, Tim started daily therapy with the IoniCare® System 3, along with hand walking for both horses. Follow up ultrasounds in October showed “significant improvement” in both cases.

Tim and Dr. Anderson were excited to see that ultrasounds in December  showed “excellent healing” in both cases.


Based on the ultrasound and clinical exam, both horses were able to resume training in early January 2013. Because newly healed tissue has not had time to mature, and isn’t as stable as mature tissue, the horses were brought along carefully.

The filly has raced six times (3 wins and 2 thirds). She continues on daily IoniCare therapy and is racing sound.

The colt has raced 7 times (2 wins and 2 seconds). The tendon has remained sound and daily maintenance IoniCare therapy continues. 

Ritchey says "In my 40 years around the track, this is by far the most successful form of therapy with the quickest recovery time of any system I have encountered or experienced." He is currently using the System on nearly all his horses either for injury treatment or maintenance.

Dr. Anderson commented 

“Soft tissue injuries in racehorses often frustrate owners, trainers and veterinarians with a slow rate of healing and frequent re-occurrence. I have observed encouraging outcomes on both upper level event horses and thoroughbred racehorses with focused rehabilitation and maintenance programs utilizing the IoniCare unit. Clinical and ultrasound findings both support these observations. Definitely worth a try!”

According to System developer Equine OrthoCare, LLC, the patent pending IoniCare System 3 is based on the principle that external electrical field therapy positively influences the repair mechanisms of bone, cartilage and other connective tissue. It has been specifically designed and adapted to apply a proven technology for horses.

The System delivers a patented, low amplitude, subliminal electrical signal to the treatment site. This unique signal creates a specific electrical field within the treatment site designed to mimic or enhance the internal electrical fields that are naturally produced in the body. 

Daniel V. Flynn, V.M.D., past president of AAEP, medical director Equine OrthoCare, and the man with the most clinical experience with the System, reports: 

“Common tendon and ligament injuries of the lower limb respond very well to the IoniCare System. A significant reduction in healing time is seen and the size of the injured tendon or ligament remains closer to normal. This is confirmed by diagnostic ultrasound.”

Other prominent vets who have had success treating soft tissue injuries with the IoniCare System include Gayle W. Trotter, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS (Co-editor of the standard text Joint Disease in the Horse), and  Scott Morrison, DVM, (Podiatry Specialist, The Podiatry Center, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, KY)

Equine OrthoCare says the effectiveness of the IoniCare System in treating causes of equine lameness has been demonstrated by years of field testing by equine veterinarians, trainers and horse owners in the United States. This versatile non-drug, non-invasive technology has been used in equine veterinary practice to successfully treat joint and connective tissue injuries including bone, cartilage, tendon and ligament. When properly used, the System is safe and has no known adverse side effects. Its design allows for treatment of two sites simultaneously, and can be used on multiple horses each day.

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