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Angular Limb Deformity" 


Danny was born with ALD on both fronts.  Both hooves were turned under and he was walking on his fetlock joints.  The owner had him wrapped and splinted but they did not work and he broke out of them within days.  I was called in to treat him at 10 days old.  I performed one TTM treatment and left instructions for massage and stretching for the

owner.  He continued to progress and at 2 months  old he was straight and strong!!





(Holistic Horse Magazine Oct. 2010)

 The Touch and Torch Method ™ (TTM™ )of natural healing  was originally developed to treat foals born with angular limb deformity (ALD), also known as contracted tendons in foals and has since proven to be successful in many tendon, ligament, and joint conditions.  TTM™ is a combination of photonic and massage therapy applied as a direct treatment.  I would like to share the stories of two foals that had ALD in common, and their very different outcomes.


  Cloud-Three days old       

Cloud was born on May 8, 2008 with ALD and received her first TTM™ treatment on May 9th, at one day old.  Her treatment was unremarkable in the world of TTM™ because the treatment was optimum in every respect.  The treatments were given at one, three, and five days old, and results were seen with each treatment.  The owner was conscientious about conjunctive care, and at five days old Cloud was completely healed and was able to grow naturally throughout her entire life to the strong and sound two year old she is today.

Cloud-Two months old

Cloud-Two years old

On the other hand, this treatment was truly remarkable in the world of traditional medicine for the fact that no drugs, wraps, casts, hoof extensions, surgery, or any other form of treatment was used, and the healing process was complete within the first week of birth, naturally.


  Snooks-8 months-before TTM™ treatment and 1 month after surgery

Snooks was born on May 26, 2009 with ALD.   Her owners were not aware of TTM™ and turned to traditional medicine for care.  Snooks was given drugs and wore wraps and casts her entire foal-hood without success until she was 7 months old.  At 7 months old surgery was recommended, a tenotomy on both forelegs, and a superior check desmotomy on the right foreleg was performed to correct the deformity.   After the surgery was performed her condition worsened, and continued to deteriorate worse than before the surgery, to the point that the only option left was to put her down.  Or was it?

 I was called in as a last resort even though the owners, as well has Snooks, had given up all hope at this point.  When I first saw her I knew that the only humane thing that could be done for her was to end her suffering, one way or another.  Of course I had to try to save her!   

Snooks received her first TTM™ treatment on Jan.6, 2010, at 8 months old, one month after her surgery.  
When she was born she was forward at the knee in both legs.  Her owner said that her legs looked like a “C” from a lateral view.   Over the months as the tendons and ligaments continued to contract and pull the joints out of alignment, her legs had to compensate for each other, and the deformity became different in each leg.  After just three weeks the body accepts a condition as permanent and “builds scaffolding” for support in the best way it can.  If one leg is going to the left, the other will have to go to the right to try and balance, and so forth.   

The conditions from the original deformity and the surgeries were vast and severe.  All tendons and ligaments in the forelegs were severely contracted, and all the joints in her forelegs were under constant stress, and pulled out of alignment.   The forearm muscles in the left leg were completely atrophied, and the right leg muscles were rigid and excessive.  Scar tissue had formed behind both knees from the surgery (2” balls) and on the cannon bones, both legs, front and back from the casts, and were also chapped and bleeding from the rubbing. The issues to be dealt with from the surgeries were cut and severed tendons and ligaments, massive scar tissue, and severe inflammation.  Because she had never been able to extend and straighten her forelegs and stand up straight for eight months, her entire musculoskeletal system was involved.  Her chest had narrowed to approximately 2 inches, with atrophied pectoral muscles, and she was standing up on her toes on both hind legs.

 Since the day she was born she had only been able to walk (not well), no trotting or cantering, running, bucking, rearing, or playing.   Her entire musculoskeletal system was not able to strengthen and grow normally and naturally.   Her mental health



had also deteriorated from eight months of pain and she had finally given up all hope as well.  Life in pain everyday of your life for eight months is a lot to endure for anyone, especially a baby.

Treating conditions that are this severe must be treated in layers.  The first thing that was needed was to reduce and remove the inflammation.  Her forelegs were so swollen that they were hard to the touch.  With the first TTM™ treatment I concentrated on the inflammation, which was the first layer.  I could not see or feel the tendons, ligaments or joints until the inflammation was reduced and removed.   With the second treatment, two days later, the inflammation was removed on approximately 80% of both legs, and reduced in the areas that incurred the most trauma, the joints and surgery sites.   The next layer is to lengthen the contracted tendons and ligaments.  The legs cannot extend, and the joints cannot align until the pressure is taken off by the too short tendons and ligaments.   The first six treatments were painful for her, at and around the surgery sites, decreasing a little at a time after the second treatment.

In the beginning treatments were done two times per week for 3 months, and then reduced to one time per week.  As the tendons and ligaments began to lengthen, the swelling on the joints reduced and they re-aligned, even better than I had anticipated due to the severity and length of severity.  Once the tendons and ligaments no longer had to support the legs, the muscles were able to begin to support their load, and began conditioning.  When her legs were able to straighten, her chest started to widen, her back leveled out, she came down off her toes in the rear legs, and she started to tone up in the correct areas. 

February 1, 2010, one month after beginning treatment, 9 months after birth, Snooks cantered for the first time in her life.  It was only 4 strides, but it was the most beautiful 4 strides I had ever seen.  I am treating her 2 to 4 times per month now, lots of conditioning going on, building and strengthening.  We are still working on the left suspensory tendon that was so severely damaged due to the club foot on that leg and the scarring from the casts.  This too, is still continuing to progress as she rehabilitates.  
She was kept in a small corral initially because she couldn’t walk, and also to restrict movement until the tendons and ligaments were lengthened.  In April she started getting turn-out in a small grazing area, after a few weeks, the arena, and now a large pasture.  She has been a real trooper with her own rehabilitation, and seems to know what she needs and can endure.  I passively stretch her front legs for her, but ever since she has been able to straighten her legs, several times a day she rocks back and stretches her legs out in front of her.  I think it still amazes her that she can straighten them, and it must feel SO good.   The past month she has progressed to galloping and playing around the arena, fast bursts of speed, bucks, and roll-backs even.  

Snooks-12 months old

 Snooks has a big heart, a lot of try, and an owner that loves her.  She has already done things that were not supposed to be able to be done according to the current available information.

 What she and I can do together is to educate all equine owners and professionals about healing ALD foals and other joint and tendon conditions with The Touch and Torch Method™ so that other horses do not have to suffer needlessly like Snooks.  See a video of Snooks on YouTube, just click on the link below.

To learn more about healing with photonic therapy and The Touch and Torch Method ™, Courses, Demos, and Clinics please visit my website at  or contact Janet Crow at 970-590-3875 or


(Holistic Horse Magazine Oct.2013)

When I wrote the article “Angular Limb Deformity Treated with Unique Healing Method” two years ago little was known about this type of healing pertaining to tendons, ligaments, and joints.

The method of healing I use is the Touch and Torch Method™ (TTM™) which is a combination of photon light and physical manipulation.  It is completely natural and works in conjunction with the body’s own healing process.

At the time, this treatment was in the beginning stages, and although the immediate success was evident there were no cases of the success in the months and years to follow.

Because of these two cases many foals, and even older horses have been able to benefit from the same type of treatment and we are now able to see a trend in the results.

The two foals featured in the original article were Cloud and Snooks – Holistic Horse Magazine-October/November 2010.  From the very beginning their stories were completely different and continued to be so to the end.


Snooks-One week old


 Snooks has since passed from complications created by the surgery she endured that was intended to “fix” her condition.

 Although I was able to lengthen and heal her tendons to the point that she could run and play, she was a yearling and began a growth spurt that the severed tendons could not endure.

The lessons to be learned with her story is that severing tendons does not heal, lengthen, stretch, nor make well, and also creates scar tissue which is not elastic and will not stretch as a tendon is designed to do. 

 The positive side is that soft tissues can be healed or modified successfully with alternative methods.

By removing the blockages, working in conjunction with the body’s own healing capabilities and allowing the body to spontaneous heal as intended, we are able to restore health and wellness in the body.

Many lessons were learned from Snooks, and because of her I have been able to treat other foals born with ALD with confidence and success and help to save them from a short life of pain and misery.

Thank you to Snooks for all the lessons she taught us.  Her gift is a gift that will go on forever and give all ALD foals a better chance for a normal life.



Cloud-pictured as a four year old

Cloud’s story turned out completely different and much was also learned from her treatment.  Cloud is now four years old and has a happy, balanced life and a successful career!

Cloud’s legs have been straight and healthy since the three TTM™ treatments that were performed in the first week of her life.

She has grown strong and healthy, and is now being ridden and used in Epona council as well.  Cloud’s owner says that Cloud is an excellent teacher and many people have learned the lessons she has to offer in her Epona sessions.

Cloud’s ground training began as a foal and continued until she was 2 years old and introduced to the saddle.   She was ridden lightly as a 2 year old, building with each year.   She is solid and very smart, and riding her is a pleasure according to her owner.

Cloud has not had any further issues with her legs or any other part of her musculoskeletal system and I consider her case to be a long term success!


Because of the information learned with Snooks and Cloud, I have been able to advance to the treatment of older horses born with ALD and not corrected as a foal, contracted tendons on older horses resulting from other issues, and tendon injuries and conditions on all ages and disciplines.

Comanche’s story is a great example of the type of healing that can occur on tendons when treated with photon light and the Touch and Torch Method™.

 Comanche and his partner Casey are in the performance world and perform many routines and disciplines including trick riding.


Casey and Comanche doing what they do best together

Hi Janet!
It was great to see you at the Westernaires show, Hope you enjoyed it! I finally got the information from the vet, here it is:


On February 27, 2012 Comanche was diagnosed with right hind core lesion of lateral extender tendon or his right hind lateral suspensory tendon was torn. The vet said he would become a trail horse when he recovered and would only be able to walk, so that meant no rodeo season or Westernaires anymore.


The vet put him on 30 days of stall rest with 5 minutes of walking every other day after 2 weeks. About after 10- or 11 days that's when you came out and saw him, after 2 treatments we took Comanche back to the vet for his 30 day check up, the vet came out and felt his right leg then his left then his right again, then left. He returned with the head vet who had diagnosed Comanche and he did the same thing then walked over to me and asked "which leg was it that had the torn tendon?" they couldn't even find where it had been torn!


Comanche was released to be ridden in rodeo and Westernaires again. 2 weeks later I ran him in my first high school rodeo. He now not only runs drill team, the "pro" trick team I am on, and barrels and poles for rodeo, but will also be my rodeo queen horse.


 I cannot ever thank you enough for help him out; I would not be at where I am today if you had not helped him out! I would love for you to come to my coronation for queen, if you give me your address I will mail you an invite :) If you need any pictures I can send you some, just let me know

                                                ~Casey, Comanche and Outlaw


 I am passionate about revealing this information to the equine world to provide an alternative choice in the treatment of tendons, ligaments, and joints.   The results are proving to be a viable choice in the process of making the best decision for your horses.

Janet Crow


For more information about these cases and others contact Janet Crow at, phone 970-590-3875, or visit