Meet Theresa Schultz.
She is originally from south-central Ontario, but now she lives in Arvilla, North Dakota – about six hours from the nearest U.S. harness track, Running Aces in Minnesota.
The first horse she cared for was a Standardbred at Flamboro Downs, but today she races Arabians, at places like Arapahoe Park – just outside Denver, 14 hours away from her home.
And she is the head of a company, Smokey Toes, that is named after specially-prepared dog treats that are parts of chickens – well, you can guess what parts from the name of the company.
So what is she doing front and center in a story on harness racing?
Ms. Schultz’s company is grounded in her twenty years of experience in the field of natural health.
“I was the manager of a health food store, and I was always studying, observing, trying to learn more about how natural products improved all phases of health,” Schultz said. Her company offers a product called Equine Joint Care Supplement (EJCS), which does exactly as its name suggests, but with natural ingredients, nothing harmful to the horse or viewed askance by regulators. (The product has been used in Colorado and Ontario with no flags waved.)
“This supplement is not a stimulant of any kind,” Schultz says firmly. “It helps reduce inflammation in joints, muscles, and tendons, and in a natural way. Our company’s motto is ‘Race faster, race safer, race natural.’
“We also point out that EJCS can work synergistically with the affected tissues, not only removing the inflammations – a horse in less distress is a happier horse and runs better – but that it actually can assist in the rehabilitation, restoration of the tissue. It not only treats the problem shown by the symptom, but it also can help to make the horse more sound overall. We’ve also found that it can help some horses who suffer from ulcers.
“I’d love to see horses race a couple of extra times a year, and for a season or two longer than usual – the economics of the business make that obvious. That’s the goal of our business and our product.”
The EJCS product has already been used successfully with Arabian racehorses, as is documented on Smokey Toes’s website, www.smokeytoes.com. “And a business is always looking to expand into logical areas,” adds Schultz. “I do have the Standardbred background, so we will gauge the interest of people with trotters and pacers. Already we have had a couple of inquiries from Europeans.
“Our website is currently being rebuilt,” Schultz concluded, “and it should be finished shortly after you read this article. We are going to reflect our broader experience, and how EJCS may improve the performance of your racehorse,” which certainly sounds like something foremost in every trainer’s mind. (And you might even find some tasty, if unfamiliar, treats for your dog, too – “and who knows, we may even develop natural horse treats!”
By Jerry Connors, for Harnesslink.com