Estrella Equine

Estrella Equine Estrella Equine is an Aiken, SC based equine veterinary practice owned and operated by Sarah Thompson, DVM.
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02/19/2020

The Regenerative Advantage

Regenerative Laser Therapy (RLT) is achieved when light is delivered in very short, very high-energy pulses. When these pulses are absorbed deep into the tissue, they create an outgoing shockwave (in all directions;) called a photo-acoustic wave that propagates even deeper into the tissue. More importantly, these waves can interact with the extracellular matrix, a web of tissue around the tendon/ligament that hold important growth factors. RLT can force these growth factors to be released and absorbed into injured cells when they would NOT have naturally. RLT technology broadens the scope of what can be treated to the more severe pathologies, especially in the ligaments and tendons of the equine athlete.

Injuries that will naturally cause scar tissue, which over time will compromise the elasticity of the tendon/ ligament, can now be nipped in the bud (if caught early) or even restored in chronic cases.

Call today to discuss the RLT laser & schedule your appointment
802-295-8509

02/17/2020

There are many wonderful places in the world, but one of my favorite places is on the back of my horse.

Rolf Kopfle

02/15/2020

A horse gallops with his lungs, Perseveres with his heart, And wins with his character.

Tesio

02/13/2020

Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.

John Wayne

02/11/2020

“Horses lend us the wings we lack”

Pam Brown

Estrella Equine
02/11/2020

Estrella Equine

Interesting case today. 15 year old gelding with a lameness score of 2+/5 today, sore to hoof testers, blocked out to an...
02/11/2020

Interesting case today. 15 year old gelding with a lameness score of 2+/5 today, sore to hoof testers, blocked out to an abaxial nerve block. Images showed a navicular cyst. Injected the coffin joint to see if it will provide relief from lameness. Fluid was thin & irritated. Will post follow up on this case in a week.

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02/11/2020

Estrella Equine's cover photo

02/11/2020

“A horse doesn't care how much you know until he knows how much you care”

Now just have to wait for the final certification to go through the FEI & USEF but thrilled to the be first FEI Veterina...
12/06/2019

Now just have to wait for the final certification to go through the FEI & USEF but thrilled to the be first FEI Veterinary Delegate in Aiken!!

Check out my new website at Estrellaequinevet.com
11/29/2019
Estrella Equine | Your Performance Equine Partner

Check out my new website at Estrellaequinevet.com

Estrella Equine Located in the heart of Aiken, SC horse country, Estrella Equine is a full service solo equine ambulatory practice committed to providing the highest quality of equine veterinary care and excellent service to ensure the health and well being of every animal seen. Dr. Thompson is now....

11/02/2019
Some of my faves ❤️❤️
10/30/2019

Some of my faves ❤️❤️

08/30/2019

Looking for used aeromask for client, preferably to purchase. Please PM me

So many uses/benefits for the use of the RLT laser. Contact me today at 803-295-8509 to discuss
08/11/2019

So many uses/benefits for the use of the RLT laser. Contact me today at 803-295-8509 to discuss

I am excited to begin offering a limited “online pharmacy” through Vetsource.   First time buyers get a one time 25% dis...
07/21/2019

I am excited to begin offering a limited “online pharmacy” through Vetsource. First time buyers get a one time 25% discount on their entire first order with potential distributor discounts on certain products as well. Subsequent monthly specials will be posted & appear like the ads below. Right now I am operating on a “call me” to place an order basis & I will do my best to get you what you’re looking for. I will still be selling products “off the truck” so to speak but would like to be able to offer “maintenance or monthly” medications at a discounted price if possible... Payment will be taken directly through the website & the items ordered will be shipped to you within 5 business days. Please call me at 803-295-8509 or email me at [email protected] to ask me if I’m able to set your animal up on this program. Currently compounded medications are being ordered through Wedgewood pharmacy only. Information needed will be the animals name/age/sex/breed, owner name/address/email/credit card information. We can set you up on monthly/quarterly etc auto ships on your required products. Will be doing some small animal products as well (flea/tick, etc). Let me know how I can help with your orders. Obviously there needs to be an established client/patient relationship to make an order as well.

06/14/2019

My heart is hurting today for my friends & colleagues at Southern Equine Service. Mourning the loss of a kind & wonderful veterinarian & person, Rebekah Brady. You are all in my prayers... my condolences to Rebekah’s family & friends & her sweet boyfriend... 💔💔

So pleased with how this mares wound healed.... one of my favorite things in veterinary medicine is to suture laceration...
04/04/2019

So pleased with how this mares wound healed.... one of my favorite things in veterinary medicine is to suture lacerations...

https://www.paulickreport.com/horse-care-category/bramlage-price-pay-bisphosphonate-use-delayed-healing/
01/22/2019
Bramlage: 'Price To Pay' For Bisphosphonate Use Is Delayed Healing - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

https://www.paulickreport.com/horse-care-category/bramlage-price-pay-bisphosphonate-use-delayed-healing/

“I wish we'd never seen these drugs,” said renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage at the conclusion of a recent presentation about bisphosphonates. Four years after the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Tildren and Osphos (both trade names for bisphosphonates) for use in a...

Dr. Thompson is now using acupuncture in her practice! This ancient Eastern medicine is a fabulous alternative modality ...
12/19/2018

Dr. Thompson is now using acupuncture in her practice! This ancient Eastern medicine is a fabulous alternative modality and Dr Thompson enjoys educating the client as she goes through a thorough exam of each horse.
Event horse 'Deadpool' was licking his lips throughout his treatment, giving the stamp of approval.
Contact Sarah at (803)295-8905 today to make an appointment and start the new year off on the right track with your equine partner!

Happy to have finished up a very successful testing week at the Chi Institute for Veterinary Acupuncture this weekend!! ...
12/17/2018

Happy to have finished up a very successful testing week at the Chi Institute for Veterinary Acupuncture this weekend!! Met some wonderful new friends over the past 6 months & have valuable new knowledge & tools that I am very excited to incorporate into my veterinary practice!!!

11/29/2018

There has been a confirmed case of strangles (strep equi) in phase 6 of Three Runs. The horse is in proper quarantine & is being treated. Recommendations at this time are to have your horses vaccinated with the intranasal form of the strep equi vaccine for the most effective immunity. Please call to schedule an appointment to have your horses vaccinated or if you have any questions.

11/21/2018

End of year special
RLT laser
65$/treatment
Tendon injuries
Ligament injuries
Sore muscles
Improved blood flow and cellular regeneration
Proven decreased healing time

11/20/2018

DENTAL SPECIAL:
until Dec 31st 2018
Comprehensive dental including sedation $85

Estrella Equine's cover photo
07/07/2018

Estrella Equine's cover photo

05/25/2018
Technician Nick using the RLT laser on our patient for kissing spines & SI. Call to discuss how this Class 4 laser could...
05/07/2018

Technician Nick using the RLT laser on our patient for kissing spines & SI. Call to discuss how this Class 4 laser could benefit your horse 803-295-8509

04/14/2018

Heard & felt my SI pop yesterday during my jump school. Was in a good deal of pain all day today. Lasered my back 3 hours ago & am down to a 1 on the pain scale where i was a 5 or 6 earlier. Looking forward to a 0 tomorrow!! The RLT laser is the bomb!!

Call me for more info on the RLT laser or to schedule your appointment 803-295-8509
03/20/2018
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Call me for more info on the RLT laser or to schedule your appointment
803-295-8509

Regenerative Equine Laser

02/06/2018
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01/03/2018

During this very cold week, make sure your horses have access to fresh water at all times, breaking ice on the buckets several times a day if needed. Provide shelter & blanketing as needed per your situation, happy to answer any questions if you have them. Access to good quality forage 24/7 is important when it’s this cold & I recommend, if feeding grain, to feed it very wet & warm. PM me or call w any questions 8032958509

12/31/2017

As 2017 comes to an end, I want to thank my clients for their patronage & their trust in my care of their beloved animals. I love my job & consider it a privilege to care for your horses. Here’s to a healthy & sound 2018 :))) ❤️ 🐴 🐎 🦄 ❤️

*REMINDER* All horses competing in USHJA and wanting to accrue points must be microchipped and be registered with USEF. ...
12/19/2017
US Equestrian

*REMINDER*
All horses competing in USHJA and wanting to accrue points must be microchipped and be registered with USEF. This includes previously microchipped horses.
To register your microchip with USEF, go to USEF.org and log into "My Account". Go to "Horse Options", and then "Update Microchip Inormation".

National governing body for equestrian sport in the United States. Uniting the equestrian community by ensuring fairness, safety, and enjoyment since 1917.

12/16/2017
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Interesting comparison of the RLT laser vs shock wave & therapeutic laser...

So excited that our RLT laser has arrived before Christmas!! Started 3 cases & excited to have this regenerative therapy...
12/15/2017

So excited that our RLT laser has arrived before Christmas!! Started 3 cases & excited to have this regenerative therapy to see better results!! Call or PM with any questions or to schedule an appointment 803-295-8509
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Attention Horse Owners! Available Soon @ Estrella Equine… the Smart RLT, Regenerative Equine Laser! Serious tendon and l...
11/28/2017
RLT for My Horse

Attention Horse Owners! Available Soon @ Estrella Equine… the Smart RLT, Regenerative Equine Laser!

Serious tendon and ligament injuries to equine athletes present what used to be a chasm in the treatment arsenal for even the best equine veterinarians. Regenerative laser therapy in a portable, easy-to-use system has bridged that gap. And we have the results to prove it.
This is not a low-powered laser. Thousands of horses worldwide have gone back to work and even hundreds into the Winners Circle after RLT. It’s not just therapeutic… its regenerative!

Proven effective on:
Tendons and Ligaments
Bones and Joints
Necks, Backs, and Feet

*The only equine laser with a controlled, double-blinded study!
Beneficial for:
Chronic
Acute
Pre-Performance

Core lesions filled in with quality collagen and fiber alignment, scar tissue reduced or removed, tendons and ligaments regenerated, quality repair on a variety of sporthorse injuries.
www.rltformyhorse.com

PM me questions or call to discuss your case. Introductory rates will apply to the first 10 cases. 8032958509

Regenerative Laser Therapy

11/28/2017

Don’t forget if you are a USEF horses wishing to accumulate points for divisions will need to be microchipped for the 2018 season!! Grace period of one year & then all horses will be required to have microchipped. Call or PM to set up an appointment 8032958509

11/23/2017

Happy Thanksgiving to my clients & friends. Enjoy a safe & happy holiday with your family & friends. Thank you for your patronage & confidence

11/06/2017

Great weekend shadowing at my first FEI event! Special thanks to Dr Rich Forfa & Katydid for the fantastic event!! Learned a lot & anxious to get to my next weekend :) Congratulations to all the competitors this weekend!!

Kissing Spine can be devastating, or at least it seemed that way until new treatments have become available. This 2006 T...
11/05/2017

Kissing Spine can be devastating, or at least it seemed that way until new treatments have become available.
This 2006 TB gelding was a Grade 1 Stakes winner, Steeplechase winner, hunt horse, and prelim eventer. He began having difficulties bending around the inside leg on the flat, bucking through turns in show jumping, and eventually stopping at fences. After treatment for ulcers (bucking through turns and difficulty bending around leg), a comprehensive lameness exam was done with flexions, lunging, riding, and palpating the back. Nothing obvious came forth. However, when the spine was palpated, he responded with express dissatisfaction. Chiropractic adjustment had minimal success to maintain his comfort, so radiographs were taken and showed sclerosis and impingement. It was decided to treat medically first with Osphos to stop further sclerosis and inject between the effected vertabrae. The owner opted not to try shock wave, which is also a successful treatment option in many cases.
Unfortunately, in this horse's case, the medical treatment was not as successful as hoped, so a consult with UGA was made regarding surgery. To be sure of this more drastic treatment, the surgeon recommended riding the horse, blocking the back, and riding again to see if there was any improvement. 30% improvement is considered success and this horse had close to 100%! Surgery was scheduled and in July he underwent a now fairly common standing procedure that cuts the intraspinous ligament between the vertabrae. A strict 6 week rehab program is then followed to encourage the spreading of the vertabrae, which can continue to improve well beyond the rehab period. UGA has an over 90% success rate with this procedure and have seen vertabrae continue to spread up to a year post op! There is discussion about the way sport horses are ridden- not enough stretching- and shoeing is important with encouraged heel growth- correct angles- and toes pulled back to help break over.

But back to our Kissing Spine horse... 3 months after surgery, he is back competing and has not demonstrated the signs previously witnessed. He continues with a strict stretching regimen, a lot of long and low work, and has gone back to smaller fences as he is gaining strength and his body is changing for the better. It looks as though there will be no limiting factors for this horse in the future!

First step completed for FEI veterinary certification. Next step San Antonio in November for the FEI Vet course then on ...
10/09/2017

First step completed for FEI veterinary certification. Next step San Antonio in November for the FEI Vet course then on to shadowing at events with Official FEI veterinarian as the end goal!! Excited!!

10/06/2017

Tryon Equine Hospital has confirmed a few cases of Potomac Horse Fever, usually endemic to the northeast. If showing frequently in Tryon, it would be a good idea to incorporate PHF vaccine to your vaccine protocol. This is a disease we saw frequently when I was in NY & the vaccine is very effective at minimizing the ramifications of the disease, which is often fatal in unvaccinated horses

09/23/2017

Please note we now have an EEE positive horse in Aiken county... please make sure your horses are up to date on vaccinations.

The State Veterinarian’s office has received laboratory confirmation of 3 additional Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) positive cases for a total of 8 diagnosed in 2017. The 3 EEE positive equine had not been vaccinated and all were euthanized. In Chesterfield County, an 8 year old Appaloosa gelding. In Horry County, a 1.5 year old Bay female. In Aiken County, a 6 year old Haflinger mare.

Two ponies in Colleton County tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). An unvaccinated 22 year old Shetland gelding and a 13 year old Shetland gelding whose owner thought was vaccinated but unknown date. Both were euthanized.

2017 EEE County Summary (total 8):
Aiken- 1
Charleston-2
Chesterfield-1
Dillon- 1
Horry- 1
Jasper- 1
Richland- 1

2017 WNV County Summary (total 3):
Colleton- 3

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Aiken, SC
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Moved here recently from Seattle and finding a vet was a high priority. Sarah came with great recommendations and has surpassed all expectations. The long trip took a toll on my of my horses and she has been there every step of the way, even checking in while she was on vacation. Sarah is terrific!
A HUGE thank you to Dr. Sarah Tennant Thompson and her crew for saving not only my mares’ life, but her unborn foals’ life also. A few weeks ago, one of my broodmares came down with Colitis. But thanks to the speedy and aggressive treatment, she rebounded and was home a week later with a clean bill of health. Sarah and company worked around the clock for the first few days, getting my mare back on the upswing. Then continuous monitoring ensured no back sliding. They went above and beyond in ALL aspects, with outstanding care and compassion. Thank you so very much ❤️❤️
I have to give a HUGE thank you to Dr. Sarah Tennant Thompson, on saving not only my mares’ life, but her unborn foals’ life too. A few weeks ago, one of my broodmares came down with Colitis. Due to the speed and aggressive treatment, my mare responded quite quickly and was back home in a week with a clean bill of health. Sarah and her crew pulled together for round the clock treatment for a few days to help shift my girl back into an upswing, then continued with top care to make sure that continued. I can’t thank you enough for going above and beyond in ALL aspects, you all are top class ❤️
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