Welcome to The Equine Center


Rehabilitation Center

Our Rehabilitation Center Experience

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.

Goals Of Rehabilitation

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

The Equine Center’s team of experienced veterinarians and staff work alongside owners, trainers, chiropractors, farriers and other professionals to evaluate a horse’s condition and their physical potential. We design the most appropriate course action for each individual 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 a vast array of injuries such as tendons, ligaments, joint pain, back pain and recovery from surgical procedures.

Therapeutic Tools Available

  • High Speed Incline Treadmill with Heart Rate Monitor
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Iontophoresis
  • Trans-cutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation
  • Radial Shock Wave Therapy
  • Acupuncture and Chiropractic Therapists
  • Hotwalker
  • Corrective trimming and shoeing under radiographic guidance

Successful rehabilitation programs are achieved with the collaborative efforts of horse owners, trainers, veterinarians, farriers, and chiropractors. With input from each of these people, customized programs are able to be developed to address each individual horse’s needs.

Our staff

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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