Swollen limbs can be a sign of a condition known as equine lymphedema. In draft horses, this condition is known as chronic, progressive lymphedema (CPL), which is unique to them. These may lead to unproductive horses or early euthanization if not managed properly.
Equine lymphedema is the accumulation of lymph fluid, resulting in the acute or chronic swelling of the extremities. It is most commonly seen in the limbs of horses.
A symptom of lymphedema is swelling, noticeably in the front or hind quarters. The swelling generally starts at the coronary band and moves up to the elbow in the front leg and up to the hock in the hind leg, often up into the groin area. It can also appear in other parts of the body such as under the jaw and abdomen.
The limb may display leaking of fluid, pus, or blood; hair loss, open sores, scabs or redness. Inflammation (swelling) is also known as “stocking up.”
Lymphedema often compromises the immune system, and severe, chronic cases can be life threatening. CPL in draft horses may also include specific characteristics such as folds in the skin and/or nodules.
Get certified with our Fundamentals of Equine MLD Massage—the first program of its kind. Adding this certification to your massage business will set you apart. You’ll also earn 16 continuing education credits.
MLD massage is a soft and gentle massage that is very beneficial to a horse’s overall health. Not just for lymphedema, MLD massage can be used for any number of ailments or to simply sooth and relax your horse.
This comprehensive two-day training offers minimum lecture and maximum hands-on application. You will
To provide a positive learning experience and maximize individual instruction, we limit the number of students for any one session to four to six.
HEAL wants to share with you, first-hand, the challenges Kelly experienced with Toby and managing his lymphedema. Unfortunately, Kelly’s experience is quite common!
Many owners, at one time or another, experience feelings of isolation, frustration, lack of support, and lack of knowledge on how to manage this condition effectively.
This is why HEAL developed the FIRST program curriculum in the United States in which equine practitioners have the opportunity to become a certified equine lymphedema therapist.
Equine Lymphedema is not well understood or managed in the states and abroad. This, in itself, presents a host of challenges and opportunities. Take a look at the CELT curriculum and see how we face these challenges!
HEAL believes in transparency and we want you to be prepared to meet the
challenges as well as the opportunities.
This presentation is meant to raise awareness and educate you about the impact of this pervasive condition within the equine community and know that there are solutions to managing this condition!
This presentation will address:
We hope you find it informative and share it with other equine enthusiasts! In this small way, you will be part of a solution! How empowering is that! Pass It On!
Each course is a standalone course and has its own CEU’s associated with it.
1. Home Study: Professional Guide for Professionals: 3 credits ($195)
2. Online Layman’s Grooming Technique: 4 credits ($260)
3. Online Manual Lymph Drainage Massage:
With online classes, you will receive written documentation, PowerPoint presentations with audio, access to the video demonstrations, samples of home study work assignments and worksheets to be submitted for evaluation.
The best part, with the online classes you will be able to incorporate these sets of skills immediately into your portfolio and develop proficiency at the same time!
4. In class 2.5 day session Wrapping = 22 credits ($1430)
The cost of the 2.5-day in-class session is $1430 broken down into two categories.
Horseworks Ranch & Rescue is a 501 ( C) 3 non-profit. Steve Isenhour, the owner, has a passion for draft horses, particularly Belgians. Many of them have chronic progressive lymphedema.
Horseworks Ranch and Rescue will provide you a $700 receipt for your supplies as a charitable contribution.
You will be better prepared to meet the equine lymphedema market challenges.
One of the ways HEAL is meeting the challenges is by making the CELT curriculum accessible, doable, and affordable for the equine practitioner.
The curriculum consists of a combination of home study courses, online courses, and in-class sessions which will provide you the skills, proficiency, and confidence to meet the market challenges.
You pay as you go! When you complete one module you go on to the next module.
It’s that Simple!
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You are on our website because you want to learn more about this condition. We understand and are happy to answer your questions. Email us your concerns and share your story. Please include photos of your horse, including a full body picture of each side plus a separate photo of the afflicted limb(s). We will respond.
If your horse has been diagnosed with equine lymphedema, or if you have a draft horse who has been diagnosed with chronic, progressive lymphedema, and you need answers, please schedule a one-hour consultation with HEAL. We know equine lymphedema is a challenging condition for both horse and horse owner, and we are here to provide support and counsel.
There is a consultation fee, so please be ready with payment info before we begin the consultation. Our consultation fee is $125 for one hour.