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Patient Spotlight: Henry's Success Story

August 20, 2019

It is always fun to highlight successful cases here at Peninsula Equine. Peninsula Equine Medical Center are the regular veterinarians for Jasper Ridge Farm, an organization who aims to help children and adults who are facing physical and emotional challenges. Jasper Ridge Farm allows these people to therapeutically interact with a variety of animals. Peninsula Equine is proud to donate our time and resources to the complete care of all these special animals.


On June 18th, 2019, one of the Jasper Ridge Farm miniature horses, Henry, dislocated his right shoulder. Peninsula Equine veterinarians Amanda Hedges, Russ Peterson, and Katelin McKeown, with the help of Dr. Mackenzie Adams of Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic, worked to manually manipulate the shoulder back into place. Unfortunately, this was unsuccessful and further diagnostics revealed that the dislocation was complicated by joint capsule and ligamentous tearing, as well as a hereditary osteochondral humoral head defect. Henry was splinted while numerous veterinarians from around the world were consulted on this uncommon case.


Renowned equine locomotor veterinarian at CIRALE Institute (France), Dr. Jean-Marie Denoix consulted on Henry’s case, as well as CSU radiologist (Colorado, USA) Dr. Kurt Selberg and numerous other equine veterinarians from both across the United States and abroad.


Henry stayed at Peninsula Equine while his leg was splinted and he received daily laser therapy, treatment, and re-assessments by doctors Russ Peterson, Amanda Hedges, Jackie Dietrich, Lauren Work, Katelin McKeown, and Megan Righi. After numerous consultations, the consensus was that Henry would need surgical intervention in order to obtain joint stability to allow him to continue his job helping others at Jasper Ridge Farm.


Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic were ready and excited to help Henry receive the best surgical care. On July 31st, Henry underwent a five-hour surgery to fuse his shoulder joint and place hardware with 11 screws to stabilize the joint. Radiographs and a CT scanner were used to plan and execute the surgery where they used a custom fitted plate from a human medical device company. Doctors Tim Eastman, Nick Carlson, and Danica Wolkowski were successful in their surgery. We are very thankful for Dr. Tim Eastman and the Steinbeck Team, who also donated their time, expertise and resources to giving Henry the care and treatment he needed.

Henry returned to Peninsula Equine August 5th for the PenEq Team to monitor his recovery and allow friends to visit.  After saying goodbye to the PenEq Team, we are excited to report that on August 16th, Henry was able to walk into the trailer and return home comfortably.


To read more about Jasper Ridge Farm, please visit https://www.jasperridgefarm.org/ and check out the slide show below for more pictures!


Way to go Jasper Ridge Farm, Peninsula Equine Team and Steinbeck Team! 









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