Posted April 4th, 2018 by Emma.

Equine Mortality & Major Medical coverage: Regenerative Therapies

Did you know advanced regenerative therapies are covered under your horse’s Major Medical coverage? Each company that Blue Bridle represents provides coverage for regenerative therapies at specific sub-limits within the policy. Long before sophisticated technologies were readily available, there was not much one could do when your horse sustained a soft tissue injury besides stall rest. However, with advancements in veterinary medicine for therapy and treatment of lameness issues a lot has changed to speed up recovery times and extend the soundness of our horses.

These advancements will help get your horse back in the show ring faster and performing better than ever before. Cutting-edge treatments and therapies such as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP) and Stem Cell are now available for any horse at any discipline and riding level.

It is best to familiarize yourself with the most common therapies and their definitions so you have a better understanding of how your Major Medical benefits respond at the time of a claim.

*According to PRP, IRAP and Stem Cell are best described as the following:

Platelet- Rich Plasma (PRP) is commonly used to treat tendon, ligament and muscle injuries. Your vet will take a portion of your horse’s blood and spin it down to eliminate the red and white blood cells which will leave a high concentration of placelets. “Placelets are responsible for the clotting mechanism. They are the first responder to any injury,” says Dr. Jamie Textor, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. The PRP will get injected back into your horse at specific locations to help new connective tissue and blood vessels form.

Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP) is mainly used to treat pain and joint inflammation, although veterinarians are now starting to conduct trials with using it for soft tissue injuries as well. IRAP is an anti-inflammatory therapy by which your vet will draw out blood from your horse and “incubate the blood in the presence of specially designed glass beads, which amplify IRAP production”. The IRAP will block the inflammatory proteins in the body reducing any further damage by inflammation.

Stem Cell Therapy is most frequently used to treat any soft tissue injury. Certain stem cells can become any type of cell, which is extremely useful when you are trying to repair tissue. Your vet will typically pull bone marrow and spin out the marrow in a centrifuge or send it to a lab to be created. Once developed, your vet will inject it back into your horse to assist the injured tissue in healing.

Questions? Please contact an Equine Mortality agent at Blue Bridle Insurance to inquire what will be covered under you Major Medical coverage. You can email or call our office at 800-526-1711.


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