Burnham harness racing trainer, Margo Nyhan, and her partner, Peter Davis, are the first people to admit that the last few seasons could have been pretty bleak, had it not been for their newly found tendon treatment.
“It has been somewhat of a saver for us. It has certainly kept us very busy anyway,” confirmed Nyhan, who acquired her first tendon machine nearly two-years-ago.
“Since then we have purchased seven more, so it really has turned into quite a big operation,” she added.
A big and very successful operation if the recent results are anything to go by.
“We have had five individual winners and three placegetters in the last eight weeks. Five of them had bowed tendons at least twice and a couple of them had operations which failed.”
“Another one of our patients’ trainer was told his horse would never race again and he won at the workouts a fortnight ago,” added Nyhan.
The latest Nyhan/Davis success story is Ride In A Rolls, who finished second at Ashburton yesterday.
“This was a very interesting case,” said Nyhan. “She actually had a fused tendon but through treatment we managed to defuse it”.
Loch In C, Monkey Puzzle and Falcon Ruler, who was an impressive Oamaru winner back on the 14th of July, are also recent success stories.
“We scanned Falcon Ruler’s leg before he went back to Andrew Faulks and it had completely healed.”
So, what exactly is this wonder tendon machine? “I can’t give away all my secrets,” laughed Nyhan. Pete (Davis) is always telling people and I am forever telling him off!”
“What I can tell you is how it works and that is by sending micro currents through the legs.”
But, before you go on a wild goose chase looking for one of these ‘micro’ machines, there is something you have to know.
“It’s not as easy as just treating the leg.”
“I spent two years in America working with a vet, so I do have a slight advantage there.”
“I do a lot of Acupuncture and work over the rear end as, most of the time, tendon damage is caused through offloading from other injuries and niggling problems.”
“I also spend a lot of time doing research to better my treatment methods.”
In fact Nyhan is so busy concentrating on her treatments that she now very rarely has time to work horses herself, leaving that part of the business in the capable hands of her partner.
“The real beauty of this type of treatment is you don’t have to turn horses out, and then take forever to bring them up again.”
Nyhan says stable star Fly The Flag is a prime example of this.
“Before the Harness Jewels she had some tendon trouble and we were told she would need to be operated on and have six months out but instead we kept her in work while treating her and within eight weeks she was back at the workouts.
Fly The Flag then went and kicked a post not long after, which we have had ongoing problems with, but she is back jogging now.”
Nyhan is also pleased to confirm that multiple Group One winner Stylish Monarch is now just a fortnight away from the workouts.
“He has problems with his suspensory and that is a bit harder to treat but so far everything is good with him.”
“If we can keep him sound there is a possibility he will became a full time member of the stable,” Nyhan concluded.
Anyone who wants more information about tendon treatment or thinks they can provide Nyhan with her next success story can contact her on 03-347-4626.
by Mitchell Robertson