2014 Fall Schedule

As most of you know, with horse shows the season is never REALLY over. That means our season isn’t over either! Here’s where you can find us this fall (horse shows, trade shows, and everywhere else!).

9/13-9/14: American Field, Boston MA

“American Field is a pop-up exhibition & market featuring the best of U.S. made clothing, accessories, goods, furniture and the people who make them. It’s not a trade show; it’s a celebration of trade. Featuring vendors, music, food, drink, live demos, workshops, speakers and more.” For details visit American Field.

9/17-9/21: New England Dressage Association Fall                                           Festival, Saugerties NY                              

“NEDA is once again hosting the largest American dressage competition September 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 at HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties NY. Well over 600 horses will compete in classes from Training Level, the first step on the dressage ladder, to Grand Prix, the pinnacle of the sport as seen at the Olympic Games.

Secondly, this event is one of the few internationally recognized American competitions (CDI-W Y/J Saugerties) where competitors earn scores toward representing their countries at the World Games, the Olympics and other international events.
Thirdly, the Sport Horse Breed Show features weanlings to stallions, shown in hand. There are special classes for Amateur Handlers, for specific breeds, and for ponies. New this year: a Three Year Old Prospect Award. On Friday morning winners will be selected for the
USDF Breeders Championship New England Series also sponsored by Great American.” For details visit the NEDA page.

9/27: Woofstock 2014, Hudson MA

“Dogs, Live Music, Vendors, Raffles Sponsored by Buddy Dog Humane Society of Sudbury” For details visit the Buddy Dog Humane Society page.

 

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Tip to Beat Summer Headaches

If you’re anything like me, chances are the heat can really get to you. Between hot humid weather in the north east, and a chronic tense back and neck, headaches pretty much go hand in hand with summer heat, and trust me, I’d rather it not.

Headaches are tricky things. For such a common ailment, it’s amazing to me that we don’t know more about the causes, how to make them go away, or stop coming on all together. I do know for me at least that there are a few main triggers: allergies, heat, and neck/back tenseness. I’ve tried just about everything out there to no avail, because, unless I want to take meds for all three triggers, there’s really nothing that will address them together. Here’s a few tips on what helps me.

  1. Stay hydrated. This may go without saying, but it’s just as true for us as it is for our four legged friends. Staying hydrated helps the body deal with allergens like pollen, and keeps dehydration from setting in, which is another cause for headaches in the heat.
  2. Stretch. Keeping my neck and back muscles loose and moving always helps. I work at a computer most of the day, so taking breaks to go for walks, hiking when I can, and just getting up to stretch always helps.
  3. Keep cool. Ahh, if only this were easier, but it’s an important part of the equation. A cool towel around the back of the neck can make a huge difference in keeping the body cooler in hot temps. Make sure it’s not too wet, otherwise it can inhibit sweating, making you even hotter.
  4. Stop squinting! Really! Not only does it give you wrinkles, it can give you headaches too. Grab a hat and/or sunglasses and let your brow and eyes relax. I bet you don’t even realize how much you squint throughout the day on bright sunny days, even when you’re sitting in the shade. Start paying attention to this, and then grab that hat or sunglasses and let your head relax.
  5. Speaking of hats…keep your head covered when in the sun. It may seem counterintuitive, but wearing a hat to keep your head out of the direct sunlight can be a huge help. I’ve even been known to jump in the pool with a hat on my head so that I can keep it out of the sun.

If all of the above fails, and you still wind up with a headache, the best tip I’ve ever heard was cool the head and heat the feet. It draws the excess blood flow out of the skull where it’s causing the pressure and pain of the headache, and down to the feet. Personally I love my Draper neck wrap. I leave the lavender one in the freezer so that I can throw that around my neck and the eye pillow on my head to cool down. Then with Draper socks, it helps pull the circulation around my feet. Usually in about 10 – 15 minutes I can feel the easing of the headache.

I’ve got a lot of friends that get headaches as well, and my favorite gift to them is the Draper trio of eye pillow, neck wrap, and socks. So far, everyone’s said they love theirs and feel like it’s helping.

Do you get summer headaches? What do you do to beat the heat? Share your tips and tricks and let us know what works best for you!

Make your day at the beach go from this…

…to this!

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Bute & Banamine®: Commonly Used & Misused in Horses

I came across this article on the proper uses and dangers of Banamine and Bute and wanted to share. As I was reading this article, I couldn’t help thinking “But Celliant could help with that!” (not for colic but for leg swelling and other injuries).

Enjoy :)

Becky

 

” ‘Hey Doc… my horse has been colicky since last night. I gave her some Banamine® and she seemed OK for a while, but now she doesn’t look so good…’

This scenario is unfortunately still common in my vet practice.  Although my established clients know to call me before administering these medications, there are many horse owners who regularly use these two common but poorly understood prescription drugs without any veterinary guidance. Often, things work out fine, but in some cases, unguided use of this drug causes catastrophic results.

“Bute” (phenylbutazone) and Banamine® (flunixin meglumine) are the most commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) in the horse. They are very useful drugs used for a variety of conditions and signs.

The NSAIDS for horses are prescription drugs, meaning that they can only be bought legally with a veterinarian’s prescription. Despite this, they are found everywhere in the horse world, and they are often administered to horses without veterinary oversight and without any knowledge of drug action or potential side effects.

WHAT IS INFLAMMATION & WHY STOP IT?

Inflammation is a natural, intricate series of biochemical reactions that takes place in all animals as a response to injury. Inflammation, the first stage of healing, involves complex reactions between local damaged cells, blood vessels, inflammatory cells and biochemical signals sent and received from cells both near the site of injury and far from it. The first results of inflammation include opening of blood vessels to the area (reddening and heat), increased leakiness of blood vessels (swelling), and attraction of infection fighting white blood cells to the site.

Products of inflammation include prostaglandins and other inflammatory “mediators” that help bring about these effects.  Some of these mediators directly cause pain. All of these products of inflammation are intended to rid the body of infection or injury, and to prepare it to for healing.

Inflammation is a natural process and it is critical for survival. The problem is that often this process becomes excessive, creating a vicious cycle and causing more tissue damage and pain than the injury itself might.

This is where anti-inflammatory drugs are helpful. Their role is to dampen inflammation by reducing the formation of these mediators, and thus reducing the signs of disease (swelling, pain and fever, for example) while still allowing healing to take place.

NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS – “NSAIDS”

Bute and Banamine® both belong to a class of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (“NSAIDS”), which includes familiar human drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen. Less commonly used equine drugs in this class are firocoxib (Equioxx) ketoprofen, carprofen, naproxen and many others.

These drugs moderate inflammation by stopping the formation of prostaglandins, which are pivotal mediators of inflammation.  By doing this, they also reduce the formation of certain pain-causing products of inflammation. But anti-inflammatory drugs do much more than simply control pain. They also reduce swelling and fever. They have value in treating a wide range of conditions in horses, from abdominal pain (colic) to joint injury and laminitis.

NSAIDS reduce inflammation by blocking prostaglandin synthesis. Prostaglandins come in many types. Some are products of the inflammatory cascade, while others have vital maintenance functions in the body. For example, one type has the role of protecting the stomach and intestinal lining from acid and digestive enzymes. This same prostaglandin has a protective role in the kidney.  Unfortunately, NSAIDS not only decrease the production of “bad prostaglandins” of inflammation, they also reduce the formation of these “good prostaglandins” and can cause problems to organs normally protected.

In recent years, new types of NSAIDS have been developed. Increased safety and fewer side effects are advantages of these newer drugs. They are called “selective” meaning that they are formulated to target the “bad” prostaglandins of inflammation and spare the protective ones.

Currently, the most prominent of these in the equine world in the United States is firocoxib (Equioxx). Having used the drug now for a number of years, I find that it too has a niche in my vet practice. I use it for longer courses of administration or when I am especially concerned about side effects. But no drug has yet provided a perfect balance of great effectiveness and excellent safety. Bute and Banamine® remain the mainstay of anti-inflammatory therapy in the horse.

The vast majority of horses treated with these medications have no noticeable problems from their use. On the other hand, all NSAIDS have potential side effects that include:

  • Intestinal and stomach side effects including gastric and colonic ulcers. Foals are especially sensitive to the intestinal side effects and easily develop ulcers from the use of these medications.
  • Kidney problems. This is especially true of young horses, but caution should always be used, especially in old horses and those that are otherwise ill or dehydrated.
  • Importantly, NSAIDS have the ability to “mask” a problem, making it look less severe than it really is and give cause for false hope and delayed treatment.

For these reasons, it is very important to consult your veterinarian before you administer these drugs to your horse.

“BUTE” – PHENYLBUTAZONE

Phenylbutazone (a/k/a butazolidin) is primarily used to relieve musculoskeletal pain and inflammation in the horse. Bute comes in several forms including an injectable liquid for intravenous dosing only. It is most commonly found in oral forms: paste, tablets and powder. Used correctly, bute is a powerful and effective means of relieving pain and inflammation. Nevertheless, there are potential side effects.

  • Bute is unsafe in all horses at high doses for long periods of time.
  • Some horses are much more sensitive to bute than others and may show side effects to smaller amounts.
  • Bute is considered more likely to cause ulcers, especially in the large colon, than Banamine® and other NSAIDS.
  • Bute is processed, inactivated, and removed from circulation by the liver and kidneys. Young horses have not fully developed their ability to process this drug, and tend to accumulate toxic doses of it. The same concern applies to horses with underlying kidney or liver disease.
  • Bute is highly effective for treatment of lameness. As a consequence, it can mask signs of mild or moderate lameness. A horse with a serious musculoskeletal injury may over-exert, and thus worsen the injury.
  •  Bute is somewhat less effective than Banamine® at controlling abdominal pain (colic) but can still be useful.

Non-veterinarians should not use the injectable form of this drug. It is for intravenous use only, and must never be given in the muscle. It is severely damaging to tissues if even a small amount escapes the vein during injection. Severe swelling develops and the tissue may even die and slough out, leaving a huge open wound that can take months to heal.

Bute at a low dose can be useful and quite safe for long-term maintenance of horses with chronic pain. There are now safer (although more expensive) alternatives for longer-term treatment.

General guidelines for using bute:

  • The best option is always for a veterinarian to examine any undiagnosed lameness or disease process.
  • When you give a dose of bute to a horse without veterinary oversight, recognize what you are doing. You are temporarily relieving inflammation and pain, regardless of the diagnosis.
  • If you do plan to use bute to try to treat undiagnosed lameness, ask your vet for an appropriate dose for pain control and what to look for to determine treatment effectiveness.
  • Confine any lame horse treated with bute in a small area, to prevent worsening of injury due to overuse. Do not force exercise while on bute.
  • Do not use the injectable form of this drug because of the dangers of improper injection.

For clients that understand these concerns: I dispense oral bute paste, powder or tablets to my clients for whom I have a valid VCPR (Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship) as needed for treatment.

BANAMINE®  – FLUNIXIN MEGLUMINE

Banamine® is a trade name for the anti-inflammatory drug flunixin meglumine.  Banamine® was the only brand of this drug available for many years. As a result, the brand name stuck, despite the fact that the drug is now available generic from many manufacturers and has many different trade names. It is available in injectable solution for IV use, a paste formulation, and granules. Although the injectable drug is intended for IV use, many horse owners give flunixin intramuscularly, and the injectable solution is actually also absorbed given orally (extra-label use). This drug is somewhat irritating to the tissues when given in the muscle and in rare cases can cause significant muscle damage and severe bacterial infection.

Banamine® is best known for its use in horses with abdominal pain – colic.  No doubt, this drug is a potent pain reliever and it has extra anti-inflammatory benefits that make it especially good for treating intestinal problems. It is thought to break the pain-dysfunction cycle that occurs commonly in colic cases, thereby allowing the gut to regain function.

Unfortunately, this drug is also excellent at masking the signs of colic, giving horse owners the false belief that they have “cured the colic” only to find their horse is critically ill or dead the next day.

Colic is not a disease but is the horse’s way of demonstrating abdominal pain. If the cause of colic pain is simply gas or a spasm, a “simple shot of Banamine®” may be all it takes to break the cycle and solve the problem.

If, however, there is a mechanical problem in the gut such as a severe feed impaction or mechanical displacement, Banamine® might temporarily make the horse look better but does nothing to fix the underlying problem. Unfortunately, this improvement can mislead horse people into believing their horse has been cured. The time wasted thinking that the horse has improved can be the difference between life and death.

Guidelines for using Banamine to treat horses showing signs of colic (abdominal pain):

  • First, call your vet to alert them to the colic episode and to the fact that you are giving Banamine®. Decide whether or not you will take a wait and see approach or will have a vet call. The safest thing is to have your vet examine your horse.
  • Take away all feed until your vet recommends replacing it. Once the horse looks better, only offer what fits in the palm of your hand, and only to test appetite.
  • Assuming the horse looks normal after the shot, monitor them every 1-2 hours, paying particular attention to attitude and appetite, intestinal sounds, heart rate and gum color. See the Whole Horse Exam (WHE) (for more info on the WHE, see our website).
  • The masking effects of Banamine last 6-12 hours. Your horse could return to colic pain when the pain relieving effects begin to wear off.
  • If a horse seems completely normal and with normal appetite past 8-12 hours post-administration, chances are that the problem causing colic is resolved. This is when slow return to feeding (as per the advice of your vet) can commence.

CONCLUSION

Bute and Banamine® are extremely important drugs in equine medicine. They offer excellent anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects for horses. But they must be used appropriately. You should understand the basic concepts of how these drugs work, their strengths and limitations.  Always talk to your vet before you administer these drugs.

A veterinarian should evaluate any horse with persistent colic signs or other illness, in order to diagnose the underlying cause and determine whether other types of medical or surgical treatments are required.”

By Douglas O. Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP
Board Certified in Equine Practice
Thal Equine LLC
Last Updated May 2014
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RUS NY 2014 Fair Series Well Underway

Updates on the RUS New York 2014 Fair Series that Draper Therapies is sponsoring.

Michelle Crawford wins 2nd leg at Afton Fair on Vassar Hall and Michelle Miller takes 3rd leg at Seneca County Fair on Kash Now. 

The inaugural RUS New York 2014 Fair Series is now well underway with three of the six legs completed. The series kicked off at Goshen Historic Track on July 3, followed by the second leg July 10 at Afton Fair. Seneca County Fair in Waterloo held the third leg on July 14. So far, all the races have been met with enthusiasm from the spectators and fellow horsemen, with many thanks to the support of the New York Sire Stakes and all of the fairs’ race committees and staff members.

The race in Afton had 4 finishers and went in a time of 2:11.4, won by Michelle Crawford on Vassar Hall. The race was also the Frank Tingley Memorial, with a cooler donated to the winner from his family who was in attendance in the winner’s circle to present the prize, alongside CJ Millar of RUS New York, who had prizes from series sponsors Horse Quencher and Draper Therapies. The Seneca County Fair race meet was Monday, July 14 in Waterloo, New York. The race had 2 starters and went in a time of 2:12.0 with winner Michelle Miller on Kash Now. This officially puts both Michelle and the horse in the lead for horse and rider points, as we gear up for the second half of the series races.

Read the full story on the RUS New York Blog.

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Michelle Crawford on Vassar Hall in the winner’s circle at Afton.

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Kash Now ridden by Michell3-IMG_6364e Miller (foreground) and Striking Mystery (background) ridden by Jennifer Lowrey in Waterloo, NY 7/14/14

 

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RUS NY 2014 Kicks Off Fair Series With a Great Race in Goshen

Draper Therapies is a proud sponsor of RUS New York’s 2014 Fair Series. RUS is a new style of racing where Standardbred horses are ridden rather than driven, while maintaining their race-speed trotting gait. The series kicked off this past Thursday, July 3rd, at Goshen Historic Track. Race recap below.

The much anticipated RUS New York’s 2014 Fair Series kicked off this past Thursday, July 3rd with a successful race at Goshen Historic Track on their Fair Day of racing. Despite the heat and humidity, there was a great turnout with 6 starters going into the first leg of the series. Every rider received gift bags from sponsors Draper Therapies and Horse Quencher, to show their thanks for supporting this new and exciting sport and race series.

The race went in a time of 2:05.2, won by Karen Isbell on her own Truth In Action. Second went to Admiral Hanover, ridden by Vanessa Karlewicz trained by Janice Connor and third went to Michelle Miller on Kash Now, trained by Michael Miller. The other three finishers included E R Anna with Mary Lu Dolce Conti aboard, Conway Cruiser ridden by Brian Connor, and Lemon Pepper, owned and ridden by Jennifer Lowrey. All horses stayed flat and competitive with a close race to the finish, making for a successful and exciting first leg of the all new RUS New York 2014 Fair Series.

Read the full story on the RUS New York Blog.

Race winner Karen Isbell on Truth In Action in the winner’s circle with RUS New York Marketing Director and Draper Team Member, CJ Millar

Race winner Karen Isbell on Truth In Action in the winner’s circle with RUS New York Marketing Director and Draper Team Member, CJ Millar

 

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Draper Therapies Prizes Arrived!

CJ, our blogger and part of the Draper Therapies Team, also works with RUS New York, an exciting style of Standardbred racing where the horses are ridden rather than driven. Draper Therapies is proud to be a sponsor of the RUS New York 2014 Fair Series, and excited for the season to kick off this week!

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The Draper Therapies Prizes & Gifts (complete with photobombing dog)

Similar to my excitement when I got home to find the Horse Quencher had arrived, imagine that all over again with another very large box, this time from Draper Therapies, was waiting for me on my porch. I opened it up to find some great prizes and gifts for the RUS New York Fair Series that kicks off this Thursday in Goshen, New York at the Historic Goshen Track. Everyone entered in that race will get single Draper sport socks along with serve packs from Horse Quencher, as well as a chance at the $1,000 purse, and a head start in qualifying for the final race. You can read about the legs and how to qualify for the final right here on our site on the 2014 RUS NY Fair Series page.

Even more exciting are the prizes! The winner of the Goshen race will receive a Draper Therapies Stable Sheet along with a 3.5# pouch of Horse Quencher. Throughout the series, there’s a Draper prize and a 3.5# pouch of Horse Quencher for every winner, rider gifts for every race, and it’s top secret right now but….there’s a chance at a few more sponsors coming on board with the chance for even more swag!

Can you tell we’re excited? We hope you’re excited too. I’m a huge fan of all of our sponsors, and swear by Draper Therapies for so many things. For me with my sore back, and for my horse recovering from a suspensory injury with Recovery Wraps (we have some of them for prizes in upcoming races!), we can’t live without them. So if you’re in the RUS New York Fair Series races, be sure to find me in the paddock (I’ll be in a tangerine colored Horsefly Breeze Tech shirt by FITS on Thursday at Goshen) so that you can get your gifts, and I’ll see the winner in the winner’s circle to present their prizes.

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Draper Therapies Annual Maintenance Shutdown Schedule

Draper Therapies will be conducting its annual maintenance shutdown June 28- July 6, 2014. During that time no orders will be processed, however orders can still be placed via the website and will be received in the office. Any orders placed before 9 am EST on June 27th will be shipped out; any orders placed after that time will be processed and shipped on July 7th when operations resume. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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Feel Great, Ride Better!

Meet Tyler, sporting a Draper Therapies saddle pad getting ready for a dressage clinic with CJ

As with any sport, the better the athlete feels, the better they can perform. In riding, there’s an additional athlete to consider – the horse. Or, in some cases, the rider. How many times have you needed a chiropractor, but your horse got one first? Your sore muscles would have benefitted from a massage, but you just booked a massage for your horse instead? I know I’m guilty of that, and currently with two horses on stall rest (their story coming soon), and a disagreement with my new horse Tyler that led to a nice landing in the dirt and a cramped up and sore back, I’m starting to consider treating myself just as much of an athlete as my horses. Novel concept, huh?

Just as I finished telling you about how my neck and shoulders tend to get sore from an old injury in Friday’s blog post, here I am sitting in discomfort (was pain, that is now subsiding thanks to Draper Therapy’s back support) after my new horse left me in the dirt. He’s an incredibly talented 19yo Selle Francais with much more show and training experience than I have, and he’s not afraid to remind me. He’s also quite fat at the moment (we affectionately call him “The Hippo” around the barn) and when he decided he was done with our ride on Saturday, he let my know by promptly sliding right out from under me, leaving me sitting on my butt in the dirt, rather than in my saddle. I’ll tell you it’s one of the most talented moves I’ve ever seen a horse make. No warning, his back stays totally soft and level, and you’re riding, and then you’re not. Landing on my butt jarred my back and I still rode again yesterday just so Tyler knew I wasn’t giving up that easily. Good to prove a point, but this morning my back told me I probably should have rested. Ouch! So today’s plan has been adjusted to include some work on the longe, some ground work to build our relationship, and then some relaxing time grazing to show that I’m not all work and no play.

As I sit her on my patio typing away with the morning updates, I’ve got my Draper Therapies back brace on, and realize how much of a difference the products really do make. In addition to keeping swelling at bay without bute for my two injured horses, the difference I feel with the brace on vs. off is tremendous. Now to get myself better so that I can go back to working with Tyler in the saddle, and building up both of our fitness levels so that he’s happier and less likely to not-so-politely tell me he’s done for the day, and more likely to say “hey, lady, can we go graze now? I’m tired, so would like to be done.” You know, if horses could talk. ;)

Meet Tyler, sporting a Draper Therapies saddle pad getting ready for a dressage clinic with CJ

 

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Quick Updates Before the Weekend

Hi all, CJ here. The weather out here has been crazy, going from rainy to stormy, with lots of humidity that makes my head hurt and my allergies go crazy. It’s been a long week, and I am looking forward to the weekend for sure. In the meantime, I wanted to share a few quick tips and tricks on dealing with crazy allergies, a tight neck and shoulders from a very long week of work, and how to kick back and unwind.

First, I couldn’t live without my Draper neck wrap and my eye pillow. I go to sleep with both of them every night, and the cooling sensation and lavender scent helps me leave the stress of the day behind. In addition, the therapeutic effects of the Draper fabric help my circulation, and for the first time in a long time, I’m waking up without puffy eyes and a sore stiff neck.

Next, I’ve been sleeping in my Draper new blue tee, which adds to the effect of the neck wrap and eye pillow. Even my back gets some time to recover when I’m sleeping, which is definitely a good thing. Years ago I had a bad horse accident and my back and neck have never been the same since. Recently, I reaggravated those old injuries, and ended up with a week long migraine. Talk about things I never want to do again…fortunately with the Draper products, so far, so good and I’ve been migraine free!

And finally, who could forget our furry friends? My cat Cori recently had cryorsurgery to remove some polyps in her ears. It’s much less invasive than traditional surgery but recovery takes a few weeks and she’s an older cat (15 years young) and was a bit stressed post-op. Surgery was Wednesday, and she’d been feeling uncomfortable and not been sleeping well, so I gave her the dog’s therapy blanket, wrapped her up in it, and she’s been able to relax some and de-stress which is a huge relief for both of us. It’s bad enough when I am uncomfortable, but seeing my kitty not feeling well is even harder to deal with. Right now she’s curled up in my lap as I type this, with her Draper blanket underneath her. You can follow her story on our vet’s blog CaringVetsBlog.com where she’s going to be featured next week.

That’s all for now, but check back next week for more updates on my animal crew, including an introduction to my two horses that are using Draper recovery wraps while on stall rest. And of course, have a wonderful weekend!

Cori is looking forward to lounging in her garden again very soon!

Cori is looking forward to lounging in her garden again very soon!

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Meet the Team: CJ Millar

Draper Therapies is very excited to have CJ Millar on board and blogging for us! She brings not only brings her online marketing skills, but also a life-long working knowledge and passion for all things equine to the table. Please join me in welcoming CJ to our blog!    

-Becky

Hi, all! For those of you that don’t know me, I wanted to share a little information about who I am and how I came to be a part of the Draper Therapies team. First and foremost, just like my Twitter profile says, online marketing and horses are my life, and it couldn’t be more true. I work in digital marketing with some of the best clients in the world, and I am owned by 7 horses (and a lot of cats and a few dogs too…). Riding and marketing are two of my passions, and I always strive to use the best products on myself and my animals and represent the best brands in my “day job.” Draper just happened to be an amazing combination of the two worlds.

In 2013, I was reading an article about one of my favorite eventers’ rehabilitation from injury, Neville Bardos, and his time at Caddel Equine Therapy Center. The article mentioned Draper Therapies wraps as a part of his treatment, and as I had recently been introduced to some other brands, I was interested in learning more. Surely, what Caddel is using is the best – and I wanted to learn more about it. Even more so, I had wondered why had I not seen or heard more about this brand on the web?

I did some research and found the Draper site, and immediately reached out to Becky. We talked on the phone, and after learning more about the products, I decided to try some for myself to start. At the time, I was recovering from ACL surgery on my left knee, and also have ongoing issues with a damaged disc in my neck due to an old horse accident. The knee brace and neck blanket were a great start, and got me hooked on the brand. If it worked for Neville Bardos, and it worked for me, then surely it would work for my animals!

In late 2013 I started working with the Draper team directly and helped them with their marketing. It is definitely a job I love, because helping to educate people about Draper Therapies and what their products do is even easier when you use all of the products themselves. I’ve since gotten my massage therapist, my horses, several clients, and even some friends and trainers across the country hooked on Draper Therapies. I mean, can you blame them? Their products are incredible!

Currently I’m rehabbing my neck from re-aggravating that old injury, and two horses from severe injuries, so expect to see more posts from me on our recovery and how Draper is helping us. And if you have any questions, drop us a line, we always love to hear from you!

Best,
CJ & the Draper Team

CJ and her Clyde Cross showing dressage

CJ and her Clyde Cross showing dressage

CJ and her OTTB Sky (now on layup) hunter pacing with their teammates Jenn & Pepper

CJ and her OTTB Sky (now on layup) hunter pacing with their teammates Jenn & Pepper

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