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    Janet and Galantia…Top vets said the horse was crippled after she broke a bone in a foot but now she shows no sign of lameness…Picture Chris Loufe



A crippled thoroughbred horse, written off by top vets, has been cured by a magnet, a dog collar and
a boot, says its owner.
Professional riding instructor Janet Knapp was devastated when vets predicted a crippled future for
her much loved 18-month-old Galantia.
They said it would never be fit for competition because of suspected arthritis in a foot. But Janet, a
top horsewoman, says the experts have been proved wrong after the horse’s lameness vanished due
to the power of magnetism.
Galantia, a Danish Hanoverian, had been carefully bred for Janet, who is based in Compstall, near
Stockport, to use in top dressage and eventing competitions.
But at the age of six months the filly fractured a bone in her foot and treatment to correct a slight
crookedness aggravated the fracture.
Janet said “The horse was crippled and she was referred to a leading veterinarian research centre.
Four months later she was just as bad. She was useless at 18 months. I was told she wouldn’t come
sound and I had spent £1,300 on vet’s bills.”
But Janet read an article on amazing successes associated with magnet therapy. She attached a
magnet to the foot with a dog collar — and Galantia’s lameness began to disappear. When the horse
lost the magnet she replaced it with a special magnetic boot.
The boot, say makers Bioflow, works through pads producing a powerful magnetic field to get blood flowing
again.
Horse – Arthritis
"I'm impressed and I'd certainly recommend them."
That was the verdict of Val Dean on the magnetic boots she tested for Westcountry Rider on a couple of arthritis
sufferers in her yard at Ideford. The first 'guinea horse' in Val's yard was 20-year-old Black Abba, her former one
day eventer who goes by the stable name of Nellie. Nellie, a 16.2hh black thoroughbred has suffered from arthritis
for some years. Val, who is a BHSII, said: "There is no doubt that the boots have helped her. She is noticeably less
stiff, finds work a lot easier and seems much happier in herself."

The boots were also tested on Bonus, a 25-year-old 13hh pony who belongs to groom Ruth Russell. Val said: "He
had not only been very stiff, but had also hurt himself so we gave him box rest for 10 days while we tried out the
boots. When we let him out, he bolted across the field like a four-year-old. Both Ruth and I were very impressed."
Val says she has been singing the praises of the magnetic boots. "The only problem we came across was that
because we kept them on constantly, they rubbed the legs a bit. But that's nothing that couldn't be sorted out with
sensible management. The magnetic boots have certainly got my vote."
                                                                                  Printed in the Westcountry Rider
Horse – Arthritis
We have tried many of the products on the market on our twenty year old thoroughbred gelding 'Dougie', who had
led a very active life of hunting and eventing. This was until a couple of years ago when he started to get quite stiff.
Dougie was diagnosed as having arthritis in his hocks and, because he was not using himself properly he was
getting muscle spasms in his back, just behind the saddle. The farrier found it difficult to get Dougie to pick up his
hindfeet to shoe him, but all this has improved since we bought him a pair of Bioflow Boots.
After about a week we started to see a difference in Dougie, he was walking in from the field with a much looser
stride, he was much better about picking up his feet and generally he seemed much happier in himself, which has
contributed to his well being. He even popped over a little jump yesterday whilst out on a hack. We were so
impressed with the results that I bought a second pair for a mare that I own with a similar problem and once again
the Bioflow Boots did not fail to improve the horses condition.
                                                                                                            Mrs S Fry
Horse – Haematoma
A thoroughbred filly arrived at our convalescent yard three weeks ago, having fractured her pelvis. She had
haematoma from the stifle to her hoof and on her belly. The injury was very serious indeed, the swelling appalling
and the vet was prepared to ‘let her go’ if there was no improvement overnight.
A friend had lent me two Bioflow pads (Shetland pony size) and as we were unable to move the filly to hose the
leg, we put on the pads as an alternative. The results over the first few days were dramatic – the lower part of the
leg reduced from a diameter of 15_ inches to nearly normal. The hock and the swelling on her belly took longer, but
after ten days all her legs were normal. As the filly is still immobilised, we use the pads at night, and have managed
to maintain her legs in good order. Hopefully the Bioflow pads will also be helping the recovery of her fracture.
I had not used your product before, but now have two sets on the yard, as I am sure they will be a great help to the
many and varied injuries with which we are confronted. I also use a Bioflow now, and no longer suffer from
headaches.
                                                                           Dawn Cunningham-Reid Dulverton Equine
                            Case Study 1 - Zing
                   Abigail Cannon’s Holstein horse, Zing, has suffered from a variety of
                   problems during the last year or so, and he is now coming back into
                   work after some time off.
                   Abigail started using magnetic boots on him quite recently and has been
                   delighted with the results:
                   Zing is quite a stiff horse and takes some time to loosen up, especially
                   after a night in his stable. I have been really surprised by the difference
                   in him since using the magnetic boots. When I lead him out in the
                   morning, instead of puttering off to his field as he used to, he really
                   strides out. And when I ride him out with the other horses, he now
keeps up easily, whereas before he used to struggle. I was always a bit sceptical about
magnotherapy, but now I’m convinced it really does work!”
Case Study 2 - Rosie
Sam Cundy found magnetic boots very useful for treating her Irish Sport
Horse, Rosie, when she recently threw a splint:
 ‘Treating Rosie’s splint was a real fuss at first, as it entailed ice packs
and bandaging, which was quite difficult to do single-handedly, and was
also quite time consuming. I also had to be sure that the bandaging was
not too tight, yet tight enough not to slip, and I had to remember to put
the packs in the freezer for use later on. It was all a bit of a performance
really!
“I then saw that magnetic boots were suitable for treating splints, and suddenly life became
so much easier. All I had to do was put them on, which took just a minute or so, and then I
could forget about them for a few hours! I just left them to work overnight in the stable.
It’s rather difficult to quantify the benefits of the boots, but Rosie’s splint healed at the
shorter end of the timescale I had been told to expect, rather than the longer, and the
remaining lump is actually quite small.”

                                                                                      Horse & Rider February 2003
Horse – Arthritis
My horse, Holly, was unfortunately diagnosed with arthritis in July 1999. A course of expensive injections were
administered to both of her hocks (the affected area of both back legs), followed by a course of Bute for pain relief.
At the end of February 2000 I still couldn't see an awful amount of improvement and felt quite despondent, as she is
only nine years old. A friend of mine suggested Bioflow boots. I decided to purchase a pair as I had tried everything
else. Now five weeks on the improvement is phenomenal. Holly wears the boots all the time, on the back legs
during the day and on her front legs during the night when she's stabled. She is no longer stiff in the mornings
coming out of her stable and she seems a happier horse altogether. She is not taking painkillers and ready to return
to light work - all thanks to Bioflow boots.
                                                                                                    Ms A J Barbour
Horse – In Foal
I own a ½ Arab, ½ Lipizzaner mare. Work restricted my riding and so I put her in foal - she self-absorbed the foal
and I decided we'd try again the following year. Unfortunately when taken to the stallion things didn't go too well
and her Achilles tendon was severed, leaving her permanently lame.
Two years later we put her in foal to our small Arab stallion and, on the vet's advice and at great expense, she was
given a hormone injection each week so as not to abort. She foaled unaided but after the birth she was very
distressed, lathered up and trembling - not a happy lady.
Four months after the birth of the foal she broke into the stallion's field and was scanned in foal, I decided against
giving her hormone injections as the foal would be born in the Autumn and I felt nature would take its course.
About this time I became an Ecoflow Distributor and I decided to try Bioflow on her to help with the lameness. It
did indeed and she gained far more mobility than she had had since the accident, it also seemed to sort out her
hormone problem to everyone's amazement, as she carried the foal (I'd discovered she'd had a long history of self
absorbing). I witnessed the foaling which was totally stress free, despite the foal being much bigger than the
previous one.
                                                                                                           Ann Ward
Muscle Damage – Horse
In June of this year, I purchased a pair of Bioflow magnetic boots from you for my 13-year-old TB gelding,
Thomas. I have owned Tom for almost four years after taking him on three days before he was due to be destroyed.
Tom had severe muscle damage due to an ill fitting saddle, his back problems lead to him being dangerous to ride
as his pain caused him to buck and rear. His previous owner thus turned him away in winter with no rug and no
shelter, so the state I took him in was heart breaking. He was painfully thin, covered in rain scald, had severe mud
fever and physically could not turn to the right! I could not see the horse destroyed without trying to help him.
With six months of intensive physiotherapy, long lining and good stable management Thomas could be ridden!
Since that time Thomas has come on in leaps and bounds Iiterally, he is the perfect alrounder, attacking jumping,
impressive flat work and a wonderful hack but we still had problems. It could take up to an hour of walking before
we could press on to warm him up, or he would come out of his box on a morning stiff and upset, this let me to ask
around and look for farther help which is when I discovered your wonderful boots. After two days of wearing the
boots when stabled, the improvement was massive, our first hack out instead of the slow cautious paces for the first
ten minutes, Tom strode out like a two-year-old stallion. His legs no longer fill during periods in the box, his whole
persona is a happy sound healthy horse (wno has even developed a comical cheeky side) .
                                                                                                    Christine Brophy.
Horse - Recovery
25 year old mare April developed arthritis after breaking her cannon-bone in 1988 which brought an end to her
showjumping career. She became in foal last year and after developing a liver condition, vets recommended the
foal be born by caesarean section and that April be put down. In desperation, Mrs Rawlings tried Bioflow horse
boots.
Within days, April was walking. After a fortnight she was running around the paddock and soon afterwards was
clearing fences. She gave birth unaided and was running around with her foal.
“It is like a 70 year old pregnant woman with a broken hip who could not wealk suddenly making a full recorvery”
said Mrs Rawlings.
April has returned to showjumping and gone from strength to strength and by July had qualified for the finals of the
National Veteran Horse of the Year.
                                                              The Telegraph, Express & Western Mail, Jan 1999
Laminitis
In the middle of August '97 I purchased a pair of Bioflow Boots to use on my 13.2hh pony, which had got stress
laminitis. The vets had not been able to solve any of the problems that had developed and when the Bioflow was
suggested I was sceptical. However, I followed the instructions and started leading the pony for twenty minutes
daily walking exercise in the field. After four days, the pony wanted to go at a faster pace and it was hard to keep
hold of the headcollar.
At this point I realised the boots were working and the pony was beginning to recover after a long period Of ill
health. Last month (September) she was back to being ridden normally and was also jumping over four feet. Thanks
again for the Bioflow Boots.
                                                                                                     Fiona Garrard
Navicular Syndrome
I am writing to tell you how your Bioflow boots have greatly benefited my dun Welsh Cob, Ruxley Merlyn.
From 1989 until 1997 Merlyn competed in hundreds of classes in working hunter, dressage, hunter trials, show
jumping, ridden showing and riding club teams. He was champion cob at the Welsh Pony & Cob Performance
Show twice, and reserve champion twice. Not only was he a talented little horse but he was much loved and known
by everyone for his versatility and lovable character. In October 1997 he competed in the finals of the NPS
Working Hunter of the Year at Wembley - sadly this was to be his last competition. In the spring of 1998, at the age
of 13, I started to get him fit and it was apparent that he was in some discomfort with his front feet. I spent over
£800 with vets, travelling to specialists and he was diagnosed as having navicular syndrome. Despite trying
different drugs, no marked improvement was shown. It was now only possible to exercise him gently at the walk
and he felt 'footy' on firm ground in the summer. Someone suggested trying your boots so I bought a pair -the best
thing I ever did for Merlyn! Within three days he felt much more comfortable and was back to jogging and dancing
about on the road. He continued to improve and although he will never be perfect again, he has been able to enjoy
his retirement hacking about our lovely Welsh hills, occasionally hunting and doing the odd pleasure endurance
ride. Some three years later he is still very much enjoying life - for the past eight months we have been unable to
ride out because of the foot and mouth disease but on Monday last, I took him out on the hills and he was back to
his boisterous self, jumping gorse bushes and hardly walking a step because he was excited, much to my delight.
None of this would have been possible without your boots - so thank you very much indeed.
                                                                                                            S Davies
Horse Recovery - Lacerated Tendon
On December 12th 1997 my horse, Smartie, injured himself in the field. The main tendon in his leg was lacerated
completely on one side, probably caused by treading on a sharp flint stone embedded in the mud. The flesh wound
was at the top of his pastern, and the wound was 2 inches deep in the direction of his fetlock joint. The vet arrived
within a couple of hours of the injury occurring and his initial prognosis was poor for Smartie to return to full
athletic performance. The risk of infection was great during the first couple of weeks and the horse was in a great
deal of pain and distress. I arranged for some Bioflow Boots to be sent in the hopes that they would help the tendon
to heal and help Smarties's general well being. The vet initially suggested 3-6 months of complete stable rest,
although we reviewed this taking the horse's temperament into consideration, he would not have enjoyed being
cooped up for that long! I turned him out into the field after 5 weeks and he was still very lame and in quite a lot of
discomfort. The Boots were put on for 14-16 hours a day while the horse was stabled for the first month of his
injury, and then for approximately 12 hours a day when the horse was turned out. After three months the vet came
out to see how Smartie was getting on. I knew that the improvement had been significant and the vet confirmed that
the tendon was healing really well, much better than had been expected. The lacerated piece of tendon had filled in
really well, and although the tendon was very thick in comparison with a normal tendon it was well supported and
the fetlock joint was working really well. The vet gave me the go ahead to start riding Smartie again and to get him
back to normal fitness. I keep him at the foot of the South Downs in Sussex and the hills are steep, but the vet is
confident that the leg has healed enough after three months to actually do it good to walk up and down steep hills.
The injury Smartie suffered was an extremely severe one with a poor prognosis, due to the tendon having a poor
blood supply, fibres not knitting together very easily (they are arranged in a hexagonal pattern) and the horse not
being able to completely rest the leg for any length of time. However, the improvement in just 3 months has been
remarkable and I am sure that the Bioflow Boots have significantly helped the leg to heal. Not only is Smartie no
longer lame but he is actually able to cope with the kinds of rides that I was doing before the injury occurred.
                                                                                                          Tanya Sagoo
Horse – Ringbone
Both Arnie(16) and my horse, Flair(13) have low ringbone in both front legs. Arnie, belonging to my friend Vicky,
was the more serious case, being lame on and off throughout last summer. He was very bad around Christmas and
with a deteriorating frog and poor circulation the vet advised four doses of "bute" (phenylbutazone) a day. If there
was no relief in the pain the vet suggested that he would need to be put down. This was when the Bioflow boots
were introduced. Within a week a startling improvement took place. He came down to one dose of "bute" a day and
the pain was noticeably relieved. Vickey, his owner, observed that on one occasion when Arnie was out all day, and
only had use of the boots for two hours, he was uncomfortable. The current situation and great news is that the
threat to Arnie's life has been lifted.
Flair, on the other hand, was on two doses of "bute" a week which was normally administered on each of the days
before he was ridden. He started going lame last summer following a successful show jumping career. Now only
being ridden twice a week, jumping again was only a dream, as even on "bute" he was short on both front feet
giving him a "pottery" action. However, after two days wearing Bioflow overnight I was able to take him off
"bute" and now no lameness shows when walking and he visibly extends when trotting, an action which was
previously painful for him unless I gave him more "bute". I am so pleased with the result, he is now getting fit for
the next show jumping season.
                                                                                                     Karen Goldie

				
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