Lakota: Tendon and Calcium Deposit Diagnosis and Healing

By Nancy Smorch

I’ve had my horse, Lakota, for about 6 years. He’s a 12 year old Paint gelding that was trained for western pleasure. He’s a horse with a huge heart – wants to please. He’s been the one horse on our farm that I know I could put anyone on that wanted a horse riding experience, and he would take care of them – a real sweetheart. Very playful as well and talented.

So, anyway, my daughters and I were riding over at the Parelli Center in Ocala a couple of months ago with Linda Parelli (a fun day by the way, which consisted of riding around their Ocala Parelli Center, hanging around some of the cattle, riding on some of their trails, and a jumping lesson for one of my daughers). Lakota didn’t want to canter to the right , and Linda was watching him and she asked, “Is your horse lame?” I brushed it off and said he was trained for western pleasure, so I know he moves a little “funny.”

Then as she watched us a little later, she said, “I think your horse is lame on the back left leg – you should have Jim look at him.” Jim (Crew) is our farrier in Ocala. He’s an amazing farrier and person and does all of the trimming and shoeing for the Parellis among many others – check out his website to learn more about him.

He came over and watched Lakota move and said he had something going on at the joint by the left sesamoid bones – there was some inflammation. So he put shoes on the back feet and lifted the angle a bit and said not to ride him for at least 3 weeks, then re-evaluate. We left for Michigan before he could come back, so in communicating with my farrier, Nick Hambley, here in West Michigan, he suggested having a vet come over to do x-rays or ultrasound to see exactly what we were dealing with.

I had Dr. Nelson, from Coopersville, come over and he did the flexion tests and watched him move (watch for video documentation of this soon), and said he was definitely extremely lame on his back left leg. The ultrasound revealed a deep tissue injury to the deep flexor tendon by the fetlock joint on the left leg. He said it must have been a pretty bad injury at one point, because there was a ton of calcium deposits, which is causing inflammation. He recommended a minor surgery to cut the ligament wrapping around this tendon to relieve the pressure, but that would not be a cure. He said his riding days were probably over.

After I collected myself and re-grouped (the thought of not being able to share rides to the beach at Lake Michigan or the Greenway in Florida or just messing around the property was not something I could bear the thought of), I started thinking about all of the tools I have gathered over the years, and how fortunate I am to have the group of people in my universe that have showed up.

So, I already knew that I could use some essential oils and the balancing and energy work that I do. I called Kathy Spohn to see what knowledge she could lend to the situation. She suggested using lemongrass essential oil for the tendon and a Young Living blend, RC, for dissolving the calcium deposits. I have heard from a number of sources that it has dissolved bone spurs, so that was a good one to go with.

I also e-mailed Linda (Parelli) and updated her on Lakota, and she recommended contacting Donna and Brian Wood ( about the Photonic Health Acu-light (they have had great success using it and Donna and Brian have presented at the Parelli center and are big Parelli fans).

I also contacted Dr. Wessner, our vet in Florida to see what his recommendations were. He’s sending me a homeopathic remedy – I don’t remember which specific remedy at the moment, but when I get it I will let you know. He also recommended I use a product by Dynamite called Wound Balm which has also been known to dissolve calcium deposits. I also called Jim Crew to give him an update and he recommended keeping the aluminum egg bar shoes on and squaring the toe and making sure the angle was at 57 degrees, so to put a lift in if it wasn’t. This will relieve the pressure on that joint and the shorter toe will allow for release in the break over. He also recommended the photonic light and was so kind as to offer his up if we couldn’t get one right away.

First of all, I just want to express how grateful I am to everyone for being so giving in their time, knowledge, and support. I am now creating a schedule of exactly what strategy to utilize moving forward. I’ve already started working with the lemongrass and RC essential oils (putting them on the area once a day) and have been doing energetic work on that area, intending for the energy to break up the calcium deposits so they can be flushed out of the system. I’m hesitant to do too much at once, because then I won’t know what is working and what is not, and I don’t want that area to have too much going on, so I need to give that some thought.

I will be documenting the progress and am determined to prove the vet wrong (no disrespect, of course to the vet – I want to prove him wrong so that Lakota can heal). I will keep you updated as to his progress.

Just another learning experience – thank you Universe!