Rumors Have It: The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center is Key to Success
Ocala, FL (October 11, 2013) – “If a horse feels good, it shows well,” says Dennis Haberstroh, stallion manager for Olivia Hoecker’s Ocala, Florida-based facility, Pine Meadow Quarter Horses, LLC. “She feels like she wants to show again,” he added, referring to Radical Rumors, one of the top Quarter Horse show mares in the industry, with more than $100,000 in pleasure horse earnings. Pine Meadow acquired her as a broodmare in 2011 but her quality caught the attention of Hoecker, the owner of Pine Meadow, with an eye toward returning her to the show pen.
Thanks in no small part to preventative and therapeutic modalities offered at The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center, also in Ocala, Hoecker and Radical Rumors have blossomed over the last year into a winning combination, taking the Select Amateur Pleasure Circuit Championship title in Venice, Florida, consistently placing Top 10 at Region 10 shows, and qualifying for the Novice World Show in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
“The Sanctuary helped that mare get back in the show pen. As with any older, campaigned horse you have to do maintenance. The Sanctuary’s equipment has made it so we can do less invasive procedures to assure she feels good. The Sanctuary is a fantastic facility. We’ve used the modalities there, including the Aqua Pacer and Cold Saltwater Leg Spa. We’ve also had good luck at the (Ohio Quarter Horse Association) Congress using its mobile cold saltwater spa. For prevention or rehabilitation, we’ve had very good success,” said Haberstroh.
Haberstroh, who has been at Pine Meadow for almost a decade, has found equal value in The Sanctuary’s services for young horses while working in conjunction with Pine Meadow’s trainer of pleasure and futurity horses, Josh Robertson. “You need to get youngsters to the show pen sound in order for them to show their best,” said Haberstroh. “The Sanctuary makes that easy for us and lowers our overall veterinary expenses.”
The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center is dedicated to sound performance in horses of all ages and breeds. In addition to helping Radical Rumors return to the show pen from broodmare ‘retirement,’ The Sanctuary has helped a four year-old Irish sport horse mare recover from a tear to her superficial digital flexor tendon, a 12-year-old Arabian gelding use aquatic conditioning to maintain his AERC/AHA Gold medal fitness level, and a nine year-old Warmblood broodmare, en route to a new dressage career, safely strengthen her hindquarters through therapeutic swimming.
General manager at The Sanctuary, Brenda McDuffee says, “The Sanctuary is proud of the success it has earned over the years helping to rehab horses. Just like human athletes, our horses deserve to be in the best condition so that they can train to the top of their game.”
Read more testimonials and learn more about the range of services offered at The Sanctuary by visiting www.sanctuaryequinerehab.com.
Photo: Olivia Hoecker and Rumors. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Graphics)
Tom Grabe The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center www.sanctuaryequinerehab.com 1-352-369-HEAL (4325)