A Racehorse's Quest to Healing

A story about Bombardeo's triumphant return to the world of racing

In the world of horse racing, where the pursuit of victory often overshadows the well-being of the athletes, there occasionally emerges a story that warms the heart. Meet Bombardeo, a spirited racehorse whose tale embodies resilience, healing, and the transformative power of PetLight™ Therapy.

PetLight therapy, an adaptation of the FDA-approved LightMD technology, offers groundbreaking solutions for dogs, cats, and horses grappling with conditions like limping, lameness, neck and back pain, and hind-end weakness. With a track record dating back to 2015, our sister brand, EquineLight, has successfully harnessed this technology for equine care. 

We address a wide range of issues, from sprains and muscle strains to nerve disorders, disc and hip problems, and auto-immune disorders, providing transformative results for your cherished companions.

Last January, Bombardeo was no stranger to the winner’s circle, boasting two 1st place and one 3rd place finish in his first five races. However, his promising career took a somber turn when he suffered a fractured front right knee. His health rapidly deteriorated, marked by poor body condition, low energy, ulcers, neck stiffness, and digestive/absorption issues.

In the competitive racing industry, it’s not uncommon for injured horses to continue training and competing, often with the aid of prescription drugs and medications. These substances may temporarily enhance performance but can mask underlying issues, potentially leading to more severe injuries.

"Once we got a hold of him, we started noticing a marked improvement almost instantly."​

Kristina Chancholo

Enter Kristina Chancholo, owner of EquiKneads in Woodside, a seasoned expert with over 25 years of experience working with horses and a degree in Equine Science from Fresno State University. Joining the EquineLight team in 2015, Kristina has played a pivotal role in rehabilitating numerous horses. Her holistic approach addresses both physical and emotional injuries, fostering complete recovery.

Kristina began treating Bombardeo with EquineLight in February, initially encountering a skittish and uncertain patient. As she recalls, “He didn’t even want to walk, much less gallop. But, once we got a hold of him, we started noticing a marked improvement almost instantly. Now, with just a little nudge, it’s almost as if he wants to show off!”

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Kristina & Bombardeo

On April 29th, x-rays of Bombardeo’s once-fractured knee brought the good news that he could commence a post-injury conditioning program. He’s back on the racetrack and steadily regaining his racing form. Stay tuned to witness Bombardeo’s triumphant return to the world of racing!

Below are videos of Bombardeo running for the first time in four months after recovering from a fractured knee. Pure joy!

Throughout Bombardeo’s treatment, vigilant veterinarians have closely monitored his progress. His veterinarian advisory board reported improvements in all his conditions, from physical health to coat color and demeanor. Owner Dan Schell expressed his unwavering commitment to Bombardeo’s well-being, stating, “The only way we will take him to the track is if he is running free, meaning free of injury and past trauma. He needs to be mentally, emotionally, and physically in sync with his body. That means no Lasix (diuretic), painkillers, or drugs on board.”

Dan Schell’s dedication to Bombardeo’s holistic recovery reflects the ethos of PetLight Therapy Center—a commitment to whole-animal healing, both physically and emotionally.

Read on to learn more about how PetLight works and read our Yelp Reviews.

How PetLight Therapy Works

PetLight Therapy harnesses the proven power of light in the red and near-infrared spectrum to stimulate living cells. Within the mitochondria of these cells, these wavelengths are converted into usable energy. This transformative reaction leads to a significant increase in cellular metabolism, promoting a robust healing response and dramatically reducing post-surgical recovery times.

Injuries, whether macro or micro, can accumulate over time, leading to chronic conditions that affect our beloved pets. You may notice your pet limping, displaying unusual posture, moving slowly, or losing interest in play. These signs often indicate underlying discomfort and suffering.

What to Expect at PetLight Therapy Center

When you bring your furry companion to PetLight Therapy Center in Cupertino, expect a comprehensive examination that seeks to uncover the source of their distress. Our skilled veterinarians will provide clear explanations of your pet’s condition. If deemed suitable for PetLight Therapy, with your consent, a gentle and painless session will commence.

The PetLight Therapy unit will be programmed to address your pet’s specific needs, and specialized LightPads™ will be applied to the affected area. During the 20 to 30-minute session, the soothing yet deeply penetrating light may even lull your pet to sleep. For insights from others who have experienced our treatments, visit Yelp.com and search for ‘PetLight Therapy Center.'”

What to do Next

Interested in learning more or want to set up an appointment?
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For horses please contact: Kristina Chancholo (408) 828-8721

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The PetLight Therapy Center blog is published by PetLight, a leading provider of advanced light therapy for pets. Our mission is to improve the well-being of animals through innovative, technology-driven approaches to pet care.

Please note that any general advice or information provided in our blog posts is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace or substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. PetLight Therapy Center and its affiliated entities do not make any representations or warranties and disclaim all liability regarding the use of the information provided on our blog. For personalized guidance or if you have specific concerns about your pet’s health, we strongly recommend consulting a qualified and licensed veterinary professional for expert advice and care.