Sometimes You Lead...Sometimes You Follow - Dr. Cardenas' Olympic Journey
Equine veterinary medicine exists because horses get sick or injured, and owners who love them, want to help. Show jumping, for example, would not be possible without veterinarian medicine. The sport can be brutal on both the athlete and rider, but with best practices for care and precision tools for preventive and curative lameness, the results are amazing.
It would be hard to say, however, which to credit as the source of the relationship: the inspiration of the equine athlete or the vision of what was possible, by the equine lameness vet. Which one propelled the other to newer and better ways to handle equine lameness? “Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow”, says Dr. Cardenas, a fan of country music.
In the case of the grand prix duo (Quincy Car, the Olympic athlete, and his owner/rider/vet, Dr. Fernando Cardenas), the question is especially perplexing. The duo have been together for the entire lifespan of Quincy, and Dr. Cardenas has created the 3H Vet Rehabilitation Facility within his mobile practice, to support not just Quincy, but the vision of reaching the potential of all horses.
Dr. Cardenas’ 3H Rehab Facility is very well-equipped as the first in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. Comprised of 21st century cutting-edge tools and equipment, it is an integral part of Quincy’s care and training.
No different than humans, equines, too, perform and respond more effectively to treatment when “fit”. And Quincy, no different than the other equines at the rehab facility, submits to a rigorous routine of exercise between competitions. Therapies range from water and/or incline treadmills to vibration, solarium and Artemis™ laser treatments, with many other possible tools available.
Workouts are complemented by chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, shockwave and regenerative laser. These work together to correct and prevent issues and to heal inflammation and soreness leading to a diminished range of motion and pain. For the serious equine athlete, a preventive care plan is as important as a remedial one, and the rehab facility is key. A new equine “CPR” is emerging:
Correct diagnosis, Precise prescription and Rigorous rehabilitation.
In the case of Quincy Car, the results are undeniable. May 7, at the 2016 Asheville 130,000 grand prix in Tryon, NC, the duo placed second. A mere 1.5 second time difference separated them from first place winner. Native born Colombian, Dr. Cardenas, qualified for the Rio Olympics with Quincy during the 2015 Pan American Games in Canada. Final selection for which two individual/equine partnerships to represent Colombia in Rio will be announced on June 30. “We didn’t get here alone, any more than we may get there alone” he says. “None of it would be possible, were it not for the sincere support of so many people, and the opportunity of a rehab facility.”
Additionally this year, Dr. Cardenas achieved FEI certification as a treating veterinarian for international competitions. He remains clear: my passion is horses…the potential of all horses, everywhere…. but one of my personal 2016 goals is to give Quincy the best year of his life. He deserves nothing less. 2016 just happens to be a year for Olympic Games. We do our best, we hope for the best and, in my case, I’ve already gotten “the best”.
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