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By Martha Claussen
STONEWALL, TX—JANUARY 10, 2020—Horsemen looking for state-of-the art care and rehabilitation services for their racing and performance horses have a tremendous resource.
Located in Texas' Hill Country, 13 miles east of Fredericksburg, Stonewall Equine Rehabilitation and Fitness (SERF) is on the sprawling property founded by the late Joe Kirk Fulton. One of the most respected breeders and owners in the Quarter Horse industry, Fulton's widow, Merle joined forces with Kurt W. Harris, DVM in the creation of SERF.
Opened in the Spring of 2016, their goal was to raise the bar in rehabilitating horses back to a performance level as safely and quickly as possible.
Harris, who was a veterinarian in practice for over 30 years, was skilled in surgery, reproduction and embryo transfers, but had a special interest in diagnosis and treatment of lameness.
Harris and his staff of eight oversee a plan for each horse and have spared no expense in acquiring the most innovative equipment to facilitate rehabilitation and recovery. Following surgery, there can be a period of 60 days of inactivity. By utilizing the following services and equipment, horses can regain strength and lung capacity in a safe and timely manner.
- Nautilus Equine Salt Hot & Cold Water Spa for the treatment and prevention of lower leg injuries
- Hydro Horse Underwater Treadmill a water therapy treatment for conditioning and strengthening
- Full Stall Vibration Plate Therapy builds muscle tone through massage
- Magna Wave Pulsating Electro Magnetic Field Therapy to stimulate cell metabolism
- Smart RLT Regenerative Laser promotes growth and healing of injured cells
- EQultrasound a treatment for equine tendon and muscle issues
- Eurociser an European designed "hot walker" for conditioning
Evaluating the many advances in rehabilitation is of the upmost importance to Harris. When horses conclude their recovery at SERF, they have benefitted in many ways from their therapy.
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There is also a 46-stall barn and training facility with a 5/8 mile racetrack as well as a performance arena for clinics and a variety of events including roping, reining and barrel competition.
Both Merle and Kurt have a true passion and love for horses. They are extremely proud of Trump My Record, a Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches homebred, who won three futurities in 2019 and is one of the top contenders for 2019 AQHA 2-year-old colt honors and Hotstepper, 2018 World Champion 3-Year-Old Gelding and All American Derby winner. But they also follow their rehabilitated athletes as they return to competition.
Their business is growing rapidly, with clients from all over the United States and Mexico, but the commitment to quality evaluation and care will not be compromised as they head into the future.
"As we move forward, we want to continue to educate owners and trainers on preventing equine injuries," said Harris. "We genuinely appreciate the support of veterinarians who refer to us and will continue to offer 24-hour a day attention to each horse in our care."
Stonewall Equine Rehabilitation and Fitness (SERF)
485 Fulton Ranch Road
Stonewall, TX 78671
Phone: (830) 644-2001
Martha Claussen served as publicity director at Sam Houston Race Park for ten years. She continues to be active in writing and racing publicity in Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Oklahoma and other regions in North America.