When I get asked “Why Hidez?” I don’t even know where to begin. All I can think is “Why not?!” But, I’ve heard all of the success stories. I get the photos, stories and the thank you notes, texts and messages.
I know as a performance horse owner, I’d do anything for just “one more Season” with my equine partner, a longer life with little maintenance, a comfortable, happy horse or a horse easier to handle because it’s not anxious or suffering from separation anxiety when removed from his herd. This is where the Hidez Compression comes in.
The masks help by using compression on endorphin spots and acupressure points in the horse’s head. So many have found their issues resolved with a Hidez Mask (aka Hood- depending on your geographic location, lol) but just think what, then, could the suit do?
By using a suit, and wrapping the muscle groups with graduated compression, you are supporting those areas and massaging the lymphatic system of the horse. You are increasing circulation which helps the horse’s body work to it’s best ability. Increased circulation means more oxygen to the vital organs which lets them do their job and remove toxins from the body. Muscles are massaged. Horses drink more. In addition to the increased circulation, muscle/ligament and tendon support, the suit has a calming effect. There are acupressure points and endorphin release points along the body that the suit will activate. You are offering a therapeutic session to the horse, much like the effect of using a “thunder shirt” for dogs or “swaddling a baby”.
Not only are the suits great for every day use, during travel, before and after performance, while stalling over long weekend events or on the rodeo or endurance trail… they are amazing for injury recovery. That brings me to the purpose of this note. I want to share with you the amazing results seen by a very badly hurt Stallion. Those of us who have come to know him, refer to him as the “blue zebra”. His name is Surf Furr.
To read the veterinary notes on this stallion’s treatment and endorsement of Hidez Compression, click here.
This is Surf Furr’s account, from his owner, Dara Pearce. We’ve started it with the GOOD NEWS first and have listed her updates in reverse to the beginning of Surf’s story:
Jan 16, 2017: I’m happy to say this will be my last “Surf update” regarding his healing progress and condition after his shipping ordeal. I am so humbled to report there was no movement felt upon palpation of his pelvis, which means he was cleared and we finally get to say it- he is HEALED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It wasn’t but 10 weeks ago Surf Furr arrived, knocking on deaths door with pneumonia and colitis, a broken pelvis, fractured coffin bone and extensive damage to the tendons in his front left- aside from the cellulitis that developed from the wounds on that leg, blowing up three times the size and eventually sluffing all the hair off from the knee down over the following two weeks.
I have absolutely NO doubt I would not have this horse had we not taken the utmost precautions and called a vet to see him immediately. I also have no ounce of doubt that the use of his Hidez suit and Hidez ice/compression socks contributed to 99% of his speedy recovery. These products are miracles workers. I honestly do not know why ANY horse owner would not have a Hidez suit on hand to use in ANY type of emergency or long term healing/recovery plan. From increasing circulation to promote steady healing of a broken pelvis to helping a horse stabilize who is in the middle of colic!!!!!!! They’ve 100% made a believer out of me. I will never be without a Hidez suit and all their products.
And last but certainly not least, this entire saga was watched over and blessed by our kind and loving Heavenly Father. There were many prayers lifted up for this horse. We are thankful, to those who prayed for him and to our Lord and Savior for hearing them. I am forever in His debt for allowing my life to be graced with this magnificent creature I call my blue zebra. And this is only the beginning.
Surf Furr is ready for 2017 breeding season!!!! He says bring on the ladies!!! 🙌🏻😘
Dec 9, 2016: Surf 🌊 update!!!!
The blue zebra was sighted 👀 today out for a stroll in the sunshine. ☀️Today was a good day. 👍🏻 Also included are some new photos of his leg!!! 😯 He even has some peach fuzz coming back on it.👌🏻He got a break from his Hidez suit so I could wash it and got a little ice/compression ❄️ therapy with his Hidez socks on all limbs. 💪🏻 He is still broken, 🤕 but appears to be healing rather quickly! 🙏🏻 Thank you all for your prayers- they’ve been more helpful than I even know.
Nov 26, 2016:
I couldn’t hardly wait to show y’all this!!!
First video was taken about a week ago- approximately two weeks into this ordeal and in obvious pain. Second video was taken this morning. Wow!!!! Look at him go!! This is the BEST he has walked since stepping foot off that trailer!!!! After wearing that suit for less than 24 hours!!!! He was even playing with me today!!!! Praise the Lord!!! 🙏🏻
I know this isn’t a miracle/cure-all suit, we still have a long way to go, but that he appears to be the most comfortable he’s been since arriving is a HUGE stride in the right direction.
Nov 25, 2016:
Surf Furr representing Hidez compression active suit to hopefully speed up his recovery process with his broken pelvis. This thing really is the coolest. Surf dropped his head, yawned and started licking before I ever got his back legs done up. He took two HUGE breaths and a big poop 💩 after I got it all done up. I think he likes it!!!! Stealing a quote from Kate as I think she said it best… “incentive to get better… you don’t want to look like a blue zebra.. heal!!” 😆😂
But my oh my if he doesn’t make the blue zebra look good!!! Seriously though buddy, heal!
What happened to Surf Furr? Here’s his story:
Neglectful horse hauler…
DO NOT USE Salvador “Chava” Banuelos TO HAUL ANY HORSES YOU WOULD CONSIDER OF ANY VALUE TO YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE.
Let me start my story with how using this shipper came about- against my better judgement. Shipping was to be arranged by Surf Furr’s previous owner (I do want it noted I do not put any blame or responsibility on him. He loaded an immaculately sound horse on to their trailer and had no control over what happened in transit!!) He was to arrange shipping of a filly from me- to him and upon the filly’s arrival, shipper would load Surf Furr and bring him to me.
My first warning sign I didn’t listen to, is when the shipper pulled up in a 6 horse slant stock trailer, hauling only one horse. The trailer was filthy with feces piled up so high in the back it was running up underneath their back feet, no shavings and some dividers being held up with bungee cords. I fought myself the entire walk up to his trailer with my filly on whether or not to put her in it. Reluctantly, I did. And still fought myself as I watched him close the doors. I cried on the way home. This alone tells me I knew better. I immediately let Surf Furr’s previous owner know my concern and that I definitely did not want a stallion hauled in a trailer like that, with no stud wall and the condition of the already broken dividers. My filly left last Friday so I knew I had a few days to find another shipper. And that I did! I had a different shipper lined up that could pick him up the end of the week. Upon informing him of my alternative shipper, he tells me that my filly arrived late Monday evening and that Surf Furr had already left with him. Well crap….ok. Thankfully my filly arrived to her new home in Ohio no worse for wear. She did have a few nicks on her and was severely drawn up but overall was in good condition traveling from New Mexico to Ohio.
Moving forward, Surf Furr left Ohio Monday evening. He was to have one lay over and rest and then would be to me. I was not once contacted by the shipper from Monday to Thursday to let me know he had my horse and when to anticipate his arrival. Many pleas from me later to have shipper call me, he finally does- ONE HOUR before he is dropping off!!! He has had him for 3 days and not once let either of us know what was going on!!!! As I arrived to the barn Surf Furr had been unloaded and put on a walker and shipper was already pulling out of the farm!! He had a full trailer load, with five other horses in the trailer. He hands me the horses papers and says the horse is crazy. Puzzled look on my face, as this horse is not supposed to be “crazy…” I say thank you and he pulls out. As I get closer to Surf Furr I can see he is obviously limping! I get out to inspect him and much to my horror it is far worse than just a little limp. He is covered in sweat and blood. He has a swollen front leg from ankle all the way up to his elbow. Very obviously in pain. Cuts above his eye that were not fresh, in fact they were starting to dry out (in other words- they didn’t JUST happen). This horse is not crazy and was relieved when I took him off the walker to pet on him a little. Upon offering him water, he drank 4 buckets until I had to cut him off! I immediately called previous owner to tell him what’s going on. Message of unsatisfactory performance was received by shipper and he CAME BACK to take pics for himself of the horse!!!!! I had already started to clean him up by then. I wasn’t very nice in my conversation with him at the time…. He didn’t say anything to me.
Skip a few hours of us caring for and cleaning him up. His leg continues to swell, very obviously in pain and becoming worse. We have pain meds and let him rest overnight. He had two bowel movements overnight to which were complete liquid. He has not touched much grain and hay since his arrival.
On to this morning where we had a vet out immediately because the leg has swelled to twice the size it was yesterday and the obvious sound of his labored breathing seriously alarmed us. Vet arrives, 102 fever. Listen to his breathing and it sounds like a freight train is rolling through his lungs. We take radiographs of front leg, hoof, ankle and knee. Thank you Lord, all was clean. No fractures of break. He has sever cellulitis though and several cuts oozing serum. Poor guy…. The most alarming and concerning problem is the pneumonia and colitis. To have both and to treat both at the same time is dangerous. So my concern went from the outside of him to what’s happening on the inside. It will be touch and go and VERY close monitoring of him over the weekend. We are hoping just to make him comfortable.
I just now got off the phone with Salvador. He takes no responsibility for the condition this horse arrived it.
Unfortunately for me, I allowed too many details of this situation to be handled by irresponsible people. That’s my lesson in this and it’s going to be an expensive one. My point to this is post is to let everyone know the lack of responsibility and care this hauler and any of his employees had in shipping my horse to me.
I am a firm believer in karma. That’s how I live my life and regardless if this post puts a damper on their business, I am certain karma will eventually catch up to them. For now, I will let the videos and photos tell his story. All are posted in the comments.
Disclaimer: there is likely a lot of profanities coming out of my mouth in this videos, so turn your volume down and watch at your own risk!!!🙊