Equine Rehab Center

Services

About Services

Here at Morrisville State College Equine Rehabilitation Center, we offer rehabilitation and conditioning programs tailored to your horse’s individual needs. Dr. Morgan oversees all the programs and works directly with your veterinarian to develop a personalized therapeutic program for your horse. Our rehabilitation programs are specifically designed to accelerate your horse’s healing while decreasing its risk of further injury. Our conditioning programs are focused on increasing your horse’s stamina and strength while minimizing the risk of injury. Our services are integrated into a customized program aimed at bringing your horse to optimal health and fitness.

Our programs are designed to return your horse to its full health and soundness through our rehabilitation therapies and exercises. Our staff is well-versed in all aspects of equine health, from our variety of rehabilitative modalities to nutrition and fitness. We will work with you and your veterinarian to develop a customized program to suit your horse’s individual needs.

We strive to help your horse reach its athletic potential through tailored conditioning programs designed to minimize concussive force with increasing stamina and strength. Our hydrotherapy services can be utilized for both in-patient and out-patient conditioning programs to help your horse reach and maintain the fitness necessary for competition and injury prevention.

Equine Pool

Equine Pool

The Morrisville State College Equine Rehabilitation Center is home to a concrete swimming pool that is 25 feet wide, 50 feet long, 14 feet deep and holds 115,000 gallons of water.

Physiologic Effects:

  • Permits conditioning without concussion from weight-bearing
  • Improves or maintains proper body and muscle tone
  • Improves or maintains cardiopulmonary capacity
  • Re-education of balance

Uses:

  • Post-surgical reconditioning
  • Maintenance of fitness during lay-up
  • Recovery from neurologic disease
Solarium

Solarium

A horse solarium is a system of multiple large red lamps emitting infrared (IR) rays, a form of heat radiation.

Physiologic Effects:

  • Increase in circulation and muscle elasticity
  • Promotes relaxation of back muscles
  • Decreases pain
  • Reduces chronic inflammation
  • May strengthen immune system

Uses:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Back pain
Cold Saltwater Spa

Cold Saltwater Spa

The cold saltwater spa at Morrisville State College Equine Rehabilitation Center combines cold therapy with pressure and hypertonicity (dissolved salt) to maximally reduce inflammation and swelling. The spa uses turbulent salt water at a temperature of 35°-37°F (2°C) to accelerate healing and prevent injuries.

Physiologic effects:

  • Decreases inflammation
  • Decreases pain
  • Minimizes swelling

Uses:

  • Tendonitis
  • Laminitis
  • Desmitis
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Splints
  • Hoof bruises and abscesses
  • Bursitis/synovitis
  • Wounds
  • Cellulitis
  • Stress injuries

Therapeutic Laser

Therapeutic lasers produce electromagnetic radiation that stimulates individual cells to revitalize and reactivate their own natural healing process.  Light is absorbed in irradiated tissue by specific biomolecules to alter nerve conduction, change blood flow circulation, increase the metabolism of serotonin, enhance the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) within cells and accelerate tissue healing

Physiologic Effects:

  • Stimulates fibroblasts and collagen formation to accelerate healing
  • Accelerates cell division
  • Improves efficiency of white blood cells
  • Stimulates new blood vessel formation

Uses:

  • Open wounds/non-healing wounds
  • Soft tissue injuries (ligaments and tendons)
  • Post-surgical healing
  • Pain management
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle soreness
  • Laminitis
  • Navicular
  • Acupuncture
Game Ready™

Game Ready™

Our Game Ready™ unit combines the benefits of cold and compression therapy in one easy-to-use system.

Cold therapy has been shown to reduce muscle spasms and pain, decrease swelling, reduce bleeding and decreases the metabolic rate of tissue damaging enzymes. Compression therapy is used to mimic the natural muscle contractions that encourage the reduction of swelling and edema, as well as driving the cold deeper into the muscles and tendons. Game Ready™ Equine was developed with the help of veterinarians and the United States Equestrian Team (USET) using proprietary NASA spacesuit technology and was based on a similar product used by more than 90 pro sports teams, 500 professional athletes, and 160 universities nationwide.

Physiologic Effects:

  • Decreases inflammation
  • Decreases pain
  • Minimizes swelling

Uses:

  • Post-workout therapy
  • Lameness
  • Pre- and post-operative care
  • Bowed tendons
  • Stocked-up legs
  • Wind puffs
  • Injury prevention
  • Ligament strains, sprains and tears
  • Tendon strains, sprains and tears

The Equiband™ System

The Equiband™ system consists of a saddle pad and two specially designed rubber bands which stimulate skin receptors and encourages the horse to activate specific muscles to raise and round the back and engage the hindquarters.

Physiologic Effects:

  • Stimulates the receptors in skin and hair follicles to activate its abdominal, sublumbar, and deep neck and back muscles to create a more rounded frame for movement
  • Strengthens the horse’s core musculature, making it easier to work in a round frame and reducing the risk of back injury

Uses:

  • Back pain
  • Conditioning and training
  • Post-surgical reconditioning
  • Maintaining spinal mobility and strength
Underwater Treadmill

Underwater Treadmill

The underwater treadmill at the Morrisville State College Equine Rehabilitation Center provides horses with buoyancy during exercise to minimize concussion while encouraging full joint range of motion. The underwater treadmill permits controlled movement and minimized concussion on joints to reduce risk of recurring injury, improve healing, and accelerate healing.

Physiologic effects:

  • Stimulates bone and cartilage growth while decreasing concussion on limbs
  • Accelerates and improves quality of healing
  • Provides resistance for reconditioning
  • Develops muscles used in normal exercise
  • Increases cardiovascular fitness
  • Improves flexibility
  • Promotes correct posture and balanced gait
  • Reduces pain

Uses:

  • Tendonitis
  • Desmitis
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Post-surgical and post-injury reconditioning
  • Conditioning
Therapeutic Exercises

Therapeutic Exercises

Specific therapeutic exercises have been developed to help horses activate core muscles and improve balance and flexibility.

Physiologic effects:

  • Developing muscles to help horses work in a round frame and minimize risk of injury
  • Improves flexibility
  • Increases joint range of motion
  • Improve balance

Uses:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Recovery from neurologic disease
  • Arthritis
Therapeutic Ultrasound

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound is a passive, non-invasive therapy where thermal waves are produced from the pressure of vibrations transmitted into soft tissue. 

Physiologic Effects:

  • Increases blood flow
  • Reduces swelling
  • Softens scar tissue
  • May increase collagen production to accelerate healing

Uses:

  • Pain management
  • Muscle spasms
  • Break up scar tissue
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Tissue Healing

EquiVibe

Whole body vibration is a rapidly expanding form of biomechanical stimulation (the rapid, involuntary contraction and relaxation of muscles) that is ideally suited to reduce the effects of stall confinement. 

Physiologic Effects:

  • Increases bone density and strength 
  • Increases blood flow
  • Promotes bone healing
  • Accelerates remodeling
  • Promotes cartilage healing

Uses:

  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Hip and back injuries
  • Hoof issues
  • Laminitis
  • Navicular syndrome
  • Bucked shins and splints
  • Muscle soreness

ERC EquiVibe

Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of a needle through the skin at predetermined sites for the treatment or prevention of disease, including pain. The effects of acupuncture creates a series of interactions between the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. Acupuncture is best used to complement other rehabilitative techniques.

Physiologic Effects:

  •  Increases local tissue immune response
  • Improves local tissue blood flow
  • Analgesic effect
  • Hormone and reproductive regulation
  •   Immuno-regulation

Uses:

  • Aid in diagnosis by indicating sensitivities
  • Relieve pain, discomfort, or soreness
  • Laminitis
  • Controlling various neurological, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and reproductive problems

Therapeutic & Corrective Horseshoeing

Our on-site, certified farrier is also a licensed New York State racetrack farrier with extensive experience helping horses by performing corrective and therapeutic shoeing.

Physiologic Effects:

  • Promotes healthy functional feet
  • Promotes biomechanical efficiency
  • Helps prevent lameness
  • Maintains hoof health and continuous soundness


Uses:

  • Laminitis
  • Managing Navicular Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Hoof cracks
  • Conformation defects
  • Tendon injuries

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) creates a pulsing electromagnetic field that helps to restore cell membrane potential and help restore health on a cellular level.

Physiologic Effects:

  • Pain relief
  • Increased circulation
  • Enhanced muscle function
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Stress reduction
  • Improved blood oxygenation

Uses:

  • Back pain
  • Trigger points
  • Muscle soreness/fatigue
  • Patellar ligament desmitis
  • Carpal pain
  • Capped hocks and elbows
  • Osteoarthritis and synovitis
  • Stifle, fetlock, pastern, coffin joint, poll
  • Bucked shins
  • Bruised soles and abscesses
  • White line disease
  • Tendonitis
  • Suspensory desmitis
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Navicular syndrome and navicular bursitis

RockTape

Rock Tape kinesiology taping is a method of athletic taping which improves movement and biomechanics through lifting of the skin and improved neurosensory feedback.

Physiologic effects:

  • Pain relief
  • Improved posture
  • Decreased inflammation and swelling
  • Facilitation of movement
  • Decompression of tissues
  • Neurosensory stimulation and proprioceptive feedback

Uses:

  • General swelling and inflammation
  • Muscle soreness
  • Lumbosacral and sacroiliac pain
  • Osteoarthritis and joint injuries
  • Proprioceptive deficits
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
Equine Pool

Equine Pool

The Morrisville State College Equine Rehabilitation Center is home to a concrete swimming pool that is 25 feet wide, 50 feet long, 14 feet deep and holds 115,000 gallons of water.

Physiologic Effects:

  • Permits conditioning without concussion from weight-bearing
  • Improves or maintains proper body and muscle tone
  • Improves or maintains cardiopulmonary capacity
  • Re-education of balance

Uses:

  • Post-surgical reconditioning
  • Maintenance of fitness during lay-up
  • Recovery from neurologic disease
Exerciser

Exerciser

Controlled exercise is paramount to successful rehabilitation
and conditioning programs. Our exerciser allows up to 8 horses to be exercise
simultaneously at a controlled pace in both directions.

Underwater Treadmill

Underwater Treadmill

The underwater treadmill at the Morrisville State College Equine Rehabilitation Center provides horses with buoyancy during exercise to minimize concussion while encouraging full joint range of motion. The underwater treadmill permits controlled movement and minimized concussion on joints to reduce risk of recurring injury, improve healing, and accelerate healing.

Physiologic effects:

  • Stimulates bone and cartilage growth while decreasing concussion on limbs
  • Accelerates and improves quality of healing
  • Provides resistance for reconditioning
  • Develops muscles used in normal exercise
  • Increases cardiovascular fitness
  • Improves flexibility
  • Promotes correct posture and balanced gait
  • Reduces pain

Uses:

  • Tendonitis
  • Desmitis
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Post-surgical and post-injury reconditioning
  • Conditioning

Diagnostic Ultrasound

Our MyLab™Five Diagnostic Ultrasound allows us to examine a wide variety of soft tissue structures commonly injured in equine athletes including flexor tendons and the suspensory ligament. Dr. Morgan can provide follow-up examinations of injuries as needed and adjustments to your horse’s program can be made to optimize your horse’s healing.

Lameness Evaluation

Lameness impairs a horse’s natural movement and symmetrical gait and can result from a variety of causes. It can present itself in many ways, ranging from obvious asymmetries in movement to the inability to bear weight. We offer comprehensive lameness evaluations and gait analysis to diagnose the source of a horse’s lameness and to evaluate progress during a horse’s time at the facility.

Neurologic Evaluation

Neurologic diseases can often leave horses with long-standing deficits even after the disease has resolved. We offer a comprehensive neurologic evaluation to identify abnormalities and help customize a rehabilitation plan to help restore proper function of limbs and regain balance.

Coggins and Health Certificates

We offer routine blood testing and paperwork necessary for traveling and showing.

Lameness Locator

The Lameness Locator system is a machine which allows veterinarians to objectively measure lameness using non-invasive inertial sensors on the head, limb and pelvis. This technology provides an ideal method of measuring clinical progress as lameness improves.

Equine Rehab Center Building

Location:

4414 State Highway 20
Morrisville, NY
13408

We are located on state route 20, 3 miles west of the village of Morrisville.

Contact Us

For questions about our educational program, sending a horse to the Equine Rehabilitation Center or veterinary-related questions: