Remaining Saddlebred Recovering Well

Cats Don't Dance, the remaining injured Saddlebred under veterinary treatment at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) Associates in Lexington, Ky., is recovering well and might be returning home sometime next week, according to his treating veterinarian.


Cats Don't Dance's injury, as seen on Aug. 12. Compare to earlier images of his injury archived here.

The 6-year-old gelding is one of five Saddlebreds which were maliciously injected in the back of their left front pasterns with a necrotizing substance, and left with debilitating injuries that were discovered on June 30 (see for archived stories). Three of the horses had to be euthanized after complications of founder from uneven loading on the front feet. Cats Don't Dance and a 3-year-old filly, Sassational, are the survivors, and the filly is already back in training.

Cats Don't Dance has been at the HDM medicine facility since July 17, the day that the first two horses were euthanized. Since his arrival, he's received special growth factor treatments, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), and continual care by the hospital's staff.

"He's doing very well," said Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, who has been treating Cats Don't Dance. "We're very happy with him."

Slovis said that they've reduced the HBOT from daily use to three times a week. "By the end of this week, we will have stopped hyperbaric therapy, and we've stopped Lacerum (the growth factor treatment made from the gelding's own platelets, see article #4539).

"We're just changing the wrap and flushing (the injury) with dilute bleach solution just every other day. We're anticipating that by next week, the animal can go home," added Slovis.


About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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