HorsePower Technologies is an animal healthcare and biotech company dedicated to combating equine lameness through the commercialization of products that reduce its incidence as well as the rehabilitation times associated with lameness.
HorsePower Technologies began as the vision of one woman, Wendy Drumm. Wendy was a successful marketing executive in the healthcare space who achieved a life-long goal of purchasing her dream horse, Gio, in 2008. But just 9 months later, Gio broke his leg and needed to be euthanized. Shaken by the tragedy and having been exposed to the prevalence of lameness in sport horses, she found herself asking why so many of them were dying due to non-life threatening injuries. She concluded that there must be a better way.
Wendy left her healthcare marketing career, and helped assemble a world class team of researchers, veterinarians, scientists and product designers from academia and industry. Her singular goal was to ascertain why so many sport horses go lame and what could be done to prevent it. With Dr. Carl Kirker-Head, a renowned equine surgeon and director of the orthopedic research laboratory at Tufts University, she co-led the effort to solve this problem.
Within a few years HorsePower Technologies was founded. The company had purchased an impressive stable of test horses and the team had conducted extensive on-animal and laboratory research and dialogue with veterinarians, riders, trainers, and horse owners. The team was able to definitively show that fatigued horses were increasingly susceptible to hyper-extension of the fetlock joint. When their suspensory ligaments and tendons were exposed to hyper-extension they produced micro tears that often led to severe injuries such as lameness. This research became the basis for the development of HorsePower Technologies’ two lightweight, innovative lameness products; namely the rehabilitative legwear, FastTrack™ and the preventative legwear, SoundTrack™. HorsePower Technologies has been granted several domestic and international patents for these products.
Since 2013, HorsePower Technologies has focused on building prototype parts and conducting extensive on-animal and in-lab testing of the products. More recently, HorsePower has spent significant effort in product commercialization and in building out the management team, including having recruited Mouli Ramani as President and CEO. HorsePower Technologies will introduce the company and FastTrack™ to the US veterinary community at the 2016 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) conference in Orlando, FL in late 2016. Product availability is targeted for early 2017.