PRP, or Platelet-rich Protein, is an optional treatment used to aid in the healing of soft tissue injuries such as tendinitis, desmitis (ligament damage), bony lesions, or muscular damage. If you’ve ever had experience with tendon injuries, you are probably aware that it can take months for your horse to heal and recover well enough to return to work. Classically, these tendons have healed poorly and are at increased risk for re-injury too. PRP may aid our attempts in getting your horse to heal better and reduce the risk of re-injury. PRP is acquired by harvesting blood from the patient and then separated to extract the “buffy coat” layer out of the plasma where the highest concentrations of platelets reside. The PRP is then injected into the lesion typically under ultrasound guidance. We will continue to follow your horse’s progress with the ultrasound to determine when he/she can return to work.