A study of the effects of lasering on chronic bowed tendons

Wheatley Hall Farm Limited, Canada, January 1983                                                                              

L.. S. McKibbin, DVM and D.M. Paraschak, MA, Hons BS

Chronic bowed tendons of horses have been lasered with an infrared 904nm laser at Wheatley Hall Farm Limited since 1980. A sample of 42 single injury / single treatment standardbreds which were racing within 120 of laser treatment and met certain criteria, were evaluated for final race times, last quarter race times, and class changes. Results indicate that a significant percent of the standardbreds raced with similar or improved times and classes. Lasering bowed tendons presents a safe and less expensive alternative to traditional treatment methods which often requires a year layoff for the horse.

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