injury prevention

Students Learn About Rehabilitation Therapies by Allen Gutowski

A group of students from Brackenhurst Equine Centre visit Flawborough Equine. They spent the morning learning about the different rehabilitation therapies available at Flawborough, and that prevention is better than cure. 

Here they are watching Emma demonstrate the ECB hydrotherapy spa with one of their regular endurance horses. 

10 Early Warning Signs of Laminitis by Allen Gutowski

~Your horse's best chance of overcoming this hoof disease might lie in your ability to catch it early~

It’s a painful condition that veterinarians, farriers, and horse owners have been racking their brains about for decades. Laminitis—the separation or failure of laminae, which connect the hoof wall to the coffin bone within—can cause permanent structural changes in a horse’s foot, leading to repeated bouts of disease and lasting lameness. In severe cases the pedal (coffin) bone in the hoof rotates downward, potentially even puncturing the sole and prompting the decision to euthanize. But get this: Watchful handlers can actually detect signs of laminitis in its early stages and intervene before the condition becomes debilitating.


    Matt Gaines at the All American Quarter Horse Congress - Another history making event by Allen Gutowski

    Matt and “Baby” made history again by being the only Open horse & rider to qualify for all eight of the Mercuria Finals in one year with last night’s win being his fourth Mercuria Championship in a row to go along with the first one in San Antonio earlier this year and the Reserve Championship in Calgary a few months ago. In total they have racked up a little over $66,000 in Mercuria earnings alone and giving him total Open earnings of somewhere around $115,000 for the year. Matt has a huge lead in the Open standings and has already secured the Open Championship but they have one more goal in their sights which is the record held by Pete Branch and Ms Peppy Cat for the most money ever won in the Open in one year which stands at $131,516 set back in 2008 BEFORE the Mercuria World Series of Cutting format was implemented.

    Matt said they will go home and get rested up before heading to the Southern Cutting Futurity and possibly some of the Batesville cuttings. Matt also wanted to give a shout out to all his help that have helped them along the way and especially his wife Tara who has had "Baby" ready for him all year and taken such great care of her and keeping her feeling good. On an interesting little side note Matt Gaines was also the original trainer on second placed horse Cat Black I and 4th place horse Meradas Chula. 

    Read the full article on Cutting Horse Central.

    Open Mercuria Champion Matt Gaines & Special Nu Baby

    Open Mercuria Champion Matt Gaines & Special Nu Baby

    Reading Feet | Horse&Rider by Allen Gutowski

    Check out this great article on how to read your horse's feet from Horse&Rider magazine: Reading Feet

    Of course, we at ECB know that our Equine Spa is miraculous for treating all sorts of hoof injuries, including laminitis. It is also a wonderful preventive therapy to help keep your horses happy and healthy!


    ECB Clients Among Top Five Trainers in the 2015 Grand Circuit Standings by Allen Gutowski

    Three out of the top five trainers in the 2015 Grand Circuit Standings are ECB Spa clients... best wishes to Jimmy Takter, Tony Alagna and Erv Miller! READ MORE

    Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards.

    Here are the leaders following the past week's action:

    Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 849; 2. David Miller - 526.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 517; 4. Brian Sears - 447; 5. Corey Callahan - 352.5.

    Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,109; 2. Jimmy Takter - 762; 3. Tony Alagna - 315.5; 4. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 300; 5. Erv Miller - 216.

    Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 260.1; 2. Bamond Racing - 235; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 234.4; 4. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 140; 5. Christina Takter - 131.7.

    Matt Gaines Phenomenal Run To Win The Open Finals At El Rancho Futurity by Allen Gutowski

    Congratulations to ECB Spa owner Matt Gaines on a phenomenal run with Baby to win the Open Mercuria Finals at the El Rancho Futurity in Ranch Murieta California and tie the highest score ever marked in NCHA history!

    Shown: El Rancho Futurity & Mercuria WS Finals Shown by: Matt Gaines Rancho Murieta Equine Center Rancho Murieta, California

    Matt Miller New Derby Open Champion Riding Sweet Lil Amanda by Allen Gutowski

    Congratulations to ECB Spa owner Matt Miller riding Sweet Lil Amanda owned by Chris & Tracy Brengard marking a 225 - The New Derby Open Champions winning $11,500! For more on Matt Miller's facility, check out M/M Equine Spa and Rehab

    The ECB Equine Spa at M/M Equine Spa and Rehab

    The ECB Equine Spa at M/M Equine Spa and Rehab

    Honor Code Wins the Whitney! by Allen Gutowski

    Orb in the ECB Spa at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, MD

    Orb in the ECB Spa at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, MD

    With Honor Code's win in the Whitney this past weekend he now could face American Pharaoh in the Breeders' Cup this Fall. For more, check out this great article on Honor Code: CLICK HERE

    Trainer Shug McGaughey loves the benefits of the ECB Spa and has used it for his horses at several locations including Fair Hill Training Center in MD and Gulfstream Park in FL. ECB congratulates all of the connections of Honor Code on a successful year so far, and best of luck in the next race!

    Honor Code in the Spa after winning the Gulfstream Park Handicap May 2015...

    Spa Owners Win Hambletonian Day! by Allen Gutowski

    ECB congratulates Jimmy Takter on a fantastic Hambletonian day! Takter swept the Hambletonian and the Hambletonian Oaks for the 2nd straight year. Pinkman gave Jimmy his fourth win in the classic race, in addition to Takter horses taking the 3rd and 4th place spots. Wild Honey, owned by many of the same members of the Pinkman team, won the companion event giving the trainer a fifth Oaks. Wild Honey was bred by another ECB Spa owner, Lindy Racing Stable... for the full race results, CLICK HERE

    HAMBLETONIAN NO. 90 3 Year Old Open FINAL - 1:51 - Driver: Brian Sears - Trainer: Jimmy Takter 2nd: Mission Brief 3rd: Uncle Lasse

    Premier Equine Client Texas Red Wins the Jim Dandy by Allen Gutowski

    Congratulations to Premier Equine client Texas Red as he wins the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga today! That pushes his earnings to $500,000 this year in only 3 starts and his career earnings to almost $1,700,000! The 2014 Breeders Cup Juvenile champ ran outstanding today in New York!

    Texas Red missed the Triple Crown trail because of an abscess in his right front foot and was rehabilitated at Premier Equine Center in Oakdale, CA. He returned July 4 with a runner-up finish in the Dwyer (gr. III) at Belmont Park. READ MORE

    Premier Equine has owned their ECB Spa since 2008 and has recently expanded their facility. To visit their website and learn more about this wonderful facility, CLICK HERE.

                                                                                                      Pat and Amie Grohl of Premier Equine Center

                                                                                                      Pat and Amie Grohl of Premier Equine Center

    Karl Cook of Pomponio Ranch Never Without His ECB Spa by Allen Gutowski

    Nice article in The Chronicle of the Horse about ECB Equine Spa owner Karl Cook and his stallion Jonkheer Z... 

    Behind The Stall Door With: Jonkheer Z

    By: Esther Hahn

    "Cook swears by his equine spa that circulates cold saltwater, and the equipment travels to shows with Pomponio..." FULL ARTICLE

    13 reasons to take your horse to an equine spa by Allen Gutowski

    A spa break sounds like heaven to most riders, and horses can benefit hugely from the same sort of treatment. Take Red Rum. Crippling foot problems in his younger years meant he was nearly written off, but daily training on Southport Beach transformed him, said his trainer Ginger McCain, because salt water is so good for legs. And if it’s good enough for a three-time Grand National winner — well, read on.

    Having only had the spa in the yard for about 2 months, we don't know what we did without it! by Allen Gutowski

    We love hearing from our clients! International Event Rider Nick Gauntlett says of his new ECB Spa "Having only had the spa in the yard for about 2 months, we don't know what we did without it! It's proving invaluable for keeping the horses precious legs in tip top shape..."

    Nick's spa is available for outside bookings and rehabilitation treatments - let us know if you're interested, or contact Nick Gauntlett Eventing

    Jester in the ECB Spa

    Jester in the ECB Spa


    An ECB Cold Salt Hydrotherapy Spa, has been installed at Nick Gauntlett's Chescombe Farm. Nick and the team will use the spa routinely to prevent lower leg injuries and reduce swelling after strenuous exercise. If injuries do occur it will speed and strengthen healing greatly...

    The team is  very excited with the new addition to the yard and hope it will keep the horses in tiptop condition. It's also available for hire or rehabilitation livery, so spread the word!!

    For more on Nick Gauntlett and the facility, CLICK HERE