Charles Jacob And Secret Love Return To
The "Winner’s Circle" Thanks To The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary's Equine Cold Saltwater Leg Spa Helps Horse Recover

Charles Jacob and his 16.1 Belgian warmblood, Secret Love, recently won a High Amateur/Owner Jumper Class and jumped clean in a Grand Prix, a remarkable feat considering Secret Love was sidelined with an injury last year. Thanks to treatments in the Cold Saltwater Leg Spa at The Sanctuary, Secret Love is back in the winner’s circle and according to his groom he is jumping like “a million bucks!”

"Charlie and Secret Love, or Snoopy as we call him, won the Grand Prix during the second week of Lake Placid in 2009. He is a proven Grand Prix horse and a formidable competitor in the High Amateur/Owner jumpers. He was sidelined with an injury last year and our vet suggested the Cold Saltwater Leg Spa," said Snoopy’s groom, Mindi Verzillo, adding that at first they tried buckets of ice on the horse’s legs. Snoopy wouldn’t tolerate the ice buckets and that’s when Verzillo said they turned to The Sanctuary at PBIEC, the new world-class rehab and conditioning center located on the show grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The Sanctuary also has a 30-acre facility in Ocala, Florida.

"It was so convenient to walk over to The Sanctuary on the show grounds and everyone at The Sanctuary was so nice. We didn’t have to worry anymore about buckets of ice and boots that didn’t fit or stay cold," Verzillo said. "It was amazing how long Snoopy’s legs stayed cold, even after they were bone dry. The water is the perfect temperature for icing and Snoopy even allowed, and enjoyed, the water to his knees."

Verzillo added that during the weekend of Snoopy and Jacobs’ recent win in the High Jumper class, the horse was treated to the Cold Saltwater Leg Spa three times throughout the weekend. "He came out like a million bucks on Monday," she said. "Next year, fingers crossed, he will still be bringing in the ribbons and will be at The Sanctuary, or the ‘Spa’ as I call it, twice a day when living on the show grounds. I just wish we had such a great facility up north as well!" Jacobs, who trains with John and Beezie Madden, owns CMJ Sporthorses based out of Wellington, Florida and East Aurora, New York.

Brenda McDuffee, General Manager of The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, said The Sanctuary at PBIEC was thrilled to help Secret Love on his road to recovery. "The Equine Cold Saltwater Leg Spa is a vital treatment for reducing inflammation in lower leg injuries and accelerating the body’s natural healing processes. Spa therapy can help treat injured tendons, ligaments, shins, hooves, wounds, cuts and bruises," McDuffee said. "The spa can also be used on a regular basis as a preventative measure for reducing the risk of injuries."

Foot Care Management - First Step in Stopping Sore Feet!

Foot Care Management • Consultation • Laminitis • Chronic Heel Pain • Hoof Capsule Distortion • Foot/Hoof Infection
Hoof Cracks • Coffin Bone and Navicular Bone Fractures • Club Feet • Angular Limb Deformities in foals

The Podiatrist will be seeing Patients at The Sanctuary on May 14-15.

Only a few appointments left!

These Appointments fill fast,
so book yours today!

Schedule an appointment for your horse today with The Sanctuary Team at 352-369-4325.

When a horse is in pain, immediate comfort is always the first priority.

The Rood & Riddle Podiatry Center team is available to see patients at The Sanctuary on a monthly basis.
For an appointment or consultation call (352) 369-4325.

Podiatry Center:
Scott E. Morrison, DVM • Raul J. Bras, DVM, CF • Vernon C. Dryden, DVM, CJF

Consulting veterinarians not licensed in Florida.
All diagnosis and treatment performed under the supervision of a licensed Florida Veterinarian.

Podiatrist Dr. Raul Bras is one of only 5 U.S. Veterinarians to also be a certified journeyman farrier.

Check out our NEW State of The Art Custom Designed Lameness Evaluation Area.

Open to all veterinarians



Summer is almost here -- Is your horse a non-sweater?

Please join



Dr. Martha Mallicote, DVM University of Florida

for an informative seminar on

Getting through the Summer"

Anhidrosis (non-sweating) can develop at any point in a horse's life, regardless of breed, age or sex. Horses living in a hot humid climate are at greater risk. Exercise, stress or excessive weight can be a factor.

Learn more about non sweating and how to manage it.

Tuesday, May 24th at The Sanctuary
Refreshments at 5:30 PM       Seminar 5:45 PM

Question and Answer session afterwards

The University of Florida is currently conducting a clinical trial on non sweaters, if you are interested in participating please join us for this seminar.

  • Information
  • Refreshments
  • Vendors from True Sweat, Perspirade, One AC, EquiWinner Patches and DAC

Please call The Sanctuary for more information
at 352-369-HEAL (4325)

The Sanctuary at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

The Ocala and Wellington facilities boast a full horse therapy and conditioning center featuring above ground water treadmills, cold saltwater leg spas, vibration plates with solarium, laser therapy, electromagnetic pulse therapy and respiratory machines.

For more information about The Sanctuary at PBIEC call 352-804-6752 or The Sanctuary in Ocala, call 352-369-4325 (HEAL), or visit our website at

The Sanctuary at PBIEC
14440 Pierson Road • Wellington, FL 33414
On-Site Manager: Terry Angelo 352-804-6752 •


  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Cold Saltwater Leg Spa
  • Aqua Pacer - Water Treadmill
  • Swimming Pool
  • Equine Vibration Therapy
  • Electromagnetic Pulse Therapy
  • Laser Therapy
  • Zamar - Hot/Cold Therapy
  • Therapeutic Shoeing
  • Solarium Therapy
  • 24-Hour Medical Care
  • Colic Post-Op & Non-Surgically After Care
  • Board/Conditioning
  • Transpirator 2 With Equisilver Veterinary Aerosol
  • Conditioning
  • Advanced Medical Eye Care
  • Foaling
  • Seminar Facility
  • 5/8 mile track
  • Mobile Therapy
  • Complimentary Therapies Available

The diagnosis of any medical condition, including a determination of the health, fitness or soundness of an animal and the prescription or dispensing or administration of drugs or medicine for the treatment of any disease or condition will be done by a Licensed Florida Veterinarian.