Welcome to The Equine Center


Rehabilitation Center

Experience Rehabilitation Center

Our goal in developing our sports medicine and rehabilitation programs is to use scientific knowledge, gained in both human and equine medicine, to raise the standard of care and performance of the athletic horse.

The goals of our rehabilitation program

  • Relieve Pain
  • Restore Range of Motion
  • Regain Strength
  • Return for Intended Use

The Equine Center has a team of experienced sports medicine staff that work alongside owners, trainers, chiropractors, farriers and other horse professionals to evaluate a horse’s condition and their physical potential.

We can design the most appropriate course of action to meet the owner’s goals, whether that is a return from injury or a maintenance plan for fitness.

The Equine Center has successfully rehabilitated many injuries such as tendons, ligaments, joint and back pain as well as recoveries from surgical procedures. The treadmill is also utilized by local show and event horses as an addition to their conditioning program to enhance their horse’s top line and over all fitness.

Some of the Therapeutic tools available at The Equine Center

  • Exercise programs using a variable high speed incline treadmill with heart rate monitor
  • Therapeutic Laser
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Iontophoresis
  • TENS (Trans-cutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation)
  • RSWT (Radial Shock Wave Therapy)
  • Acupuncture and Chiropractic therapists
  • Graduated pen sizes for safe turnout
  • Two arenas and ¾ mile conditioning track on rolling terrain
  • Professional size eight horse walker
  • Corrective trimming and shoeing under radiographic guidance

A good rehabilitation program can be advantageous, not only to a horse with injuries, but to effectively train horses that need to bring their performance to the next level through increased fitness and strength.

A good rehabilitation program can be advantageous, not only to a horse with injuries, but to effectively train horses that need to bring their performance to the next level through increased fitness and strength. A successful program can be achieved with the collaborative work of a team that includes knowledgeable horse owners, trainers, veterinarians, farriers and chiropractors implementing a carefully created plan based on each individual horse’s specific needs.

Our staff

Joy Altermatt, DVM, MS, DACT

As a dedicated specialist in large animal fertility, Dr. Altermatt has performed thousands of transvaginal follicular aspirations in both mares and cows for oocyte transfer, ICSI and IVF cycles,...

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Emily E Bardo, DVM
Staff DVM

Dr. Emily Bardo is a native Californian who grew up on the coast in Half Moon Bay. She studied Animal Science at Cal Poly SLO and then went on...

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James K Waldsmith, DVM
Practice Owner

Dr. James K. Waldsmith has owned and operated The Equine Center since 1985. His professional interests are thermography, sports medicine, rehabilitation, reproduction and preventive medicine.

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Our services


Ultrasound is a specialized imaging technique that uses inaudible sound waves to create an image of soft tissue structures. It is one of our most frequently used non-invasive diagnostic tools.

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Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has become accepted technology for treating musculoskeletal problems, soft-tissue injuries and bone injuries in horses.

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Nuclear Scintigraphy

Nuclear Scintigraphy, or bone scanning, pinpoints areas of bone and in some cases soft tissue pathology due to injury. It is used, most commonly, in difficult lameness investigations to detect specific regions of the limbs that are resulting in lameness.

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Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma or PRP is a regenerative medicine treatment that delivers a high concentrate of platelets in the form of blood plasma to a lesion increasing the amount of growth factors at the site to help in healing. 

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Mesotherapy is effective in treating degenerative arthritis in a horse’s back and the cervical vertebrae. It helps by reversing the physiology of these conditions to stop the pain spasm cycle.

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Inertial Motion Detector System

The Lameness Locator enables the veterinarian to objectively measure lameness in horses with non-invasive inertial sensors. The system provides an analysis that indicates whether the horse is lame, the severity of the lameness, the limb or limbs involved, and the part of the motion cycle at which peak pain is occurring.

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IRAP® Therapy

IRAP is a natural treatment that has been developed for the treatment of joint disease in horses.

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In House Laboratory

At The Equine Center two in-house laboratories provide hematology, blood chemistry and microbiological services.

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Hospital Services

Our hospital is prepared and equipped to service any equine medical need. Whether it be emergency, diagnostic, neonatal, preventative, rehabilitative or reproductive care, we are available to meet your horse’s needs.

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Video Endoscopy

The Equine Center has an extensive range of video endoscopes, with sizes suitable for the smallest foal and the largest horse.

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