Recoil the cable into its original shape
Recoil the charger wires into their original shapes
Yes, this placement can be used to get increased rotation in the pelvis in contrast to more extension when the pad is placed centered over the si. Be careful with this placement, because sometimes the horses will “scoot” when they first feel the sensation. I think this is just because this region is more sensitive and perhaps more “tickilsh”.
When a horse is hollow behind the withers and you are treating the thorax it can be difficult to keep the electrodes behind the withers in contact with the horse.
There are several options you can try.
First, make sure you have taken the “wrinkle” out of the pad, where the hollow is located, by using the velcro tabs on the pad.
You can also fill the depression behind the withers with:
To hold the sticky electrodes onto the neck, shoulders and hindquarters the best option is the electrode tape we now have. If an oil-based coat or fly spray is used, then wipe the area first with alcohol to remove the oil film, let the hair dry and the tape will then stick to the hair coat.
Sometimes you need to use a second piece of tape to hold the lead of the electrode in place. Especially on the electrodes that are not placed on horizontally with the lead hanging straight down.
You can also use the tape to hold gauze in place over wounds in difficult to bandage areas.
Duct tape can be used to hold on the electrodes similar to the pictures below. However, it will not stick as well as the electrode tape, especially if the electrodes are not new.
1. The tape can be crossed over the electrodes.
2. The tape can be placed in strips parallel to each other, with the edges not touching. If the horse moves the neck a lot, this placement will work better than crossing the tape over the electrodes.
If you are having problems with the horse shaking the electrodes off when you are using the sticky electrodes to treat the shoulder and neck you can use a stretchy slinky. Contact us if you would like to order one.
Another option is to use polo wraps to hold the electrodes in place
If you leave your FES system out in the cold weather and it gets
BELOW 35 DEGREES Fahrenheit then you must let the system warm up at room temperature for 3 hours before you use it. If you turn the system on when the internal components are frozen, you could either damage the display panel or damage the battery.
When it is so HOT you can fry an egg on your truck keep your FES system where it is cool. Don’t leave the systemin direct sunlight or unprotected in a hot truck where the temperature will get ABOVE 110 DEGREES Fahrenheit.
There can be several reasons the horse shows more reactivity to touch after FES treatments. These may include:
The horse was reportedly stiffer to the right and just not comfortable during riding after two treatments with the FES on the si region. This is interesting because the right side was the quicker side to provide contractions and felt looser upon palpation. I am of the opinion that I would like to do a third treatment and see how he does. I’m surprised because I felt like the horse was responding well to the FES. If the horse is still not feeling right after the third treatment, then I’ll back up and recommend some diagnostics – such as back x-rays – as he may be one that needs some shockwave etc. to address the pain prior to working on the muscles again.
It is interesting that you received contractions first on the right side and also palpated that side as looser. I would trust the FES at this point and assume that the stiffness they are feeling is really related to the left side of the horse. They may feel that the horse is a bit more out of balance because the right side responded to the treatment well and the left side didn’t. This asymmetry of reaction to the FES put the horse a little more out of balance until we can get the left side to loosen up and make the horse more symmetrical. If they could send a video of the horse going both directions in large and small circles that would be helpful to see exactly what is happening. The shockwave sandwiched in with the FES on each side of it is a perfect idea if you feel you need to reduce pain.
Butler Schein, Dublin, OH 43017
Horse has no skeletal problems and has been thoroughly examined for lameness. The horse has had chronic sore back problems.
Case Study Part A:
Horse was making some improvement with just the FES. The horse then received back and sacroiliac injections and has not felt right since. The horse received another FES treatment a week after those injections. The horse’s response was to show resistance when asked to move forward in the canter. The gait was “hoppy” especially in the upward transitions. During the downward transitions the horse wanted to die out and stop. A discussion about the warm-up routine included starting with a walk and then moving to an easy canter to loosen up. Another FES treatment is planned to get the horse back on track. Is it possible that the horse has been tense for so long that when he receives treatment and starts moving his muscles he doesn’t know how to use his body under saddle?
Yes, it is possible the horse has been tense for so long that after the FES treatments he feels that the improvement in symmetry is not his “normal” movement and he may start out feeling a bit awkward or unsteady until he feels comfortable with his “new” movement.
The change in the warm-up routine is a great idea with the emphasis on the canter. The work load should be precise, but maybe shorter than a normal ride. The rider must try and support the changes in the muscle memory that we are attempting to make with the FES and injections.
Case Study Part B:
After the injections the horse responded slow and remained stiff during the FES treatments. The reaction to the FES was so much better before the injections. The horse’s attitude was good, but we received little muscle movement during the FES treatment. The second day we received even less movement during the FES treatment when compared to the first treatment.
This shows the spasms are probably very long term and will come and go, unfortunately. I would give the rider the confidence that the FES and injections are setting up the situation for the horse to be able to move more correctly. The rider must then train the changes in the movement patterns of the horse that she wants to see, rather than just letting the horse determine the best way to move. Clients can be a bit apprehensive about pushing the horses during riding after the FES treatments, and this firm encouragement to move correctly is exactly what the rider needs to do if there is going to be a change made in the quality of the horse’s movement. However, this firm but correct requirement of the horse to move properly should be expected for only for a short period of time and then build up to a longer ride time. Perhaps the colder weather is also not helping with the smooth progress. It is complex to make out what the rider is telling you with all the other external influences. The rider must be willing to take the time to help the horse understand how to learn new this muscle memory, especially in the beginning.