With regards to tendon and ligament rehabilitation in horses, we have been living in the dark ages. By comparison, human sports medicine is far more advanced than its equine equivalent when it comes to soft tissue injury diagnosis and rehabilitation.
Diagnosing and treating equine tendon tissue injuries to achieve maximum healing is not straightforward. Tendon injury diagnostics using conventional ultrasound scanners are limited as the scanner will only “look” at the density of the tissue, thus seeing a visual differentiation between tissue types within the tendon is impossible. In practice, this means that scar tissue in a tendon can appear exactly the same as healthy well recovered tendon tissue. All too often this reality is only discovered after the horse breaks down again shortly after returning to competition or racing. MRI scanning can give more information but is only practical for and affordable to a select number of horse owners.
The latest technique to accurately assess the quality of tendon tissue is Ultrasound Tissue Characterisation (UTC). A UTC scan recognises different tissue types within the tendon and reflects the differences onscreen through colour coding. This means that it is now possible to differentiate between properly organised, strong and healthy tissue versus organised but weak and unhealthy tendon tissue. UTC is a significant improvement in the capability of assessing tendon quality, healing speed, recovery stage, responsible workload and ultimately reliably assessing when it is safe for a horse to return to competition. Best of all a UTC scan doesn’t cost a fortune (like MRI) and it is mobile!
Horse owners know only too well how easily a rehabilitation plan can go awry with one incorrect step. The Equestride Rehabilitation device is a modern breakthrough in the treatment and management of tendon and ligament injuries in horses. Essential to the successful rehabilitation of a tendon injury is a controlled exercise program that allows for safe and gradual increase in exercise during healing.
The advantage of the Equestride System lies in its unique ability to enable rehabilitating horses to exercise safely in a way that previously has been impossible. There is no other equine rehabilitation method available that can do this. The device most notably allows for variable support control that enables a gradual reduction in the amount of support it provides to the tendons as they heal. In other words, it is now possible to gradually and safely increase the amount of exercise the horse can do during recovery. This minimises the risk of scar tissue developing whilst at the same time maximising the chance of a successful return to full fitness without re-injury.
We currently offer services across several European countries like Ireland, United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. We also are present in South Africa, Mauritius and Canada. Many of our team members are available for travel, so please contact us if you are interested in our services, wherever you are!
Spread out over the world and with many different backgrounds, but bonded by the fascination and love for horses.
Born and raised in the Equine Clinic of his grandfather and father, Henk graduated from Utrecht University in 2000 and was partner and owner in equine Hospitals in Holland and Ireland. In 2016 Henk started Equine Athlete International as the platform for the total veterinarian management for equine athletes worldwide.
Recognising the need for dedicated services in relation to soft tissue management in Equine Athletes, he started equinetendon.com as a knowledge base, worldwide platform and service provider for the very challenging area of tendon injury, prevention, diagnosis and management.
Management South Africa, Head acquisition and Chief Financial Officer
Although originally from a Finance background, Alex’s first love has always been horses. As an entrepreneur determined to follow her passion, Alex initially joined Henk Offereins in 2016 after hearing Henk’s vision for the company that he wanted to create, now known as Equinetendon.
With a strong passion for innovation and problem-solving, the progressiveness and ground-breaking solutions developed by Equinetendon was a natural fit for Alex. Through this, Alex was able to bring financial insight along with numerous years of experience in the equine industry having been a competitive rider since the age of 8.
In addition to her involvement in Equinetendon, Alex has also founded businesses in the Medical Device and Biotechnology industries.
Management Ireland & United Kingdom, Chief Operational Officer DSS
Coming from an entrepreneurial background Scott has always been interested and involved in client relations. Scott has gained years of veterinarian related experience as clinical assistant in a well established equine hospital in Ireland. He is also actively involved in the equine industry both as rider and producer of horses. Scott is head of our Dynamic Support System department.
Tamar van Wezel
Management The Netherlands
In recent years Tamar has successfully offered rehabilitation services for injured horses at her stable Equine Sport Support. She was one of the first to introduce Vitafloor technology to rehab in the Netherlands.Tamar has many years experience in all aspects of the equestrian world, from thoroughbred race riding to tendon rehab. Her passion for horses has driven her all her life. She has always taken the opportunity to help guide less experienced horse people whenever she could, especially in the area of rehabilitation and training of horses.
Fiona Kinnea Bach-Gansmo
Fiona is the founder of Equi-tech, and combines a strong academic and entrepreneurial background, with a lifelong passion for the equestrian world as a rider. During her PhD, Fiona specialized in the motion apparatus and the 3D structures hereof. Fiona runs a mobile practice in Scandinavia. Her team is based in Denmark, where they also have a facility and take in horses for performance enhancement and re-training stays. In addition to her strong UTC experience, Fiona brings expertise on muscular aspects and the use of electrotherapy to the Equinetendon.com team.
Management and proprietor Canada
Working for many years with horses at the top level of sport, Julien has always been passionate about producing equine athletes with the goal to reach their greatest potential. Innovative measures have always been a part of Julien’s routine in producing sport horses and working with Dr Henk Offereins and his team gave Julien the opportunity to further his knowledge and build a business. Now working out of his training facility close to Toronto, Julien is eager to bring Equine Tendon’s innovative maintenance, diagnostic and rehabilitation practices to Canada.
Owner and inventor Equestride
Andrew Daly is the inventor and owner of the Equestride System. He is a professional Design Engineer who has had a lifelong involvement in the horse industry in Ireland both in the breeding and riding of Showjumping horses.
Andrew has previously worked as a Design Engineer for major companies such as Nokia Mobile Phones and in the Formula One motor racing industry. In the 1990s Andrew founded Dalmar, the first company to incorporate carbon fibre into the design of proctective boots for horses. Since 2010 Andrew has concentrated on bringing to market the EqueStrideTendon Injury Rehabilitation System, an idea that he had first conceived several years before that.
World renowned Equine Veterinarian and sport horse breeder.
Jan has been responsible for breeding many world class showjumpers at deWatermolen, including: AUTHENTIC (Guidam x Katell xx), Beezie Madden
GUIDAM (Quidam de Revel x Venutard), Eric van der Vleuten
KARANDASJ (Fedor x Irco Polo), Willem Greve
LUIDAM (Guidam x Akteur), Billy Twomey
SIR GALAHAD (Julio Mariner xx x Farn), Markus Fuchs
Jan Greve founded the internationally renowned Horse Clinic De Watermolen in 1982, and from that time on was the team vet for the Dutch eventing team for more than 12 years. He was the team vet for the ‘gold’ jumping team at the Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992.
Technician South Africa