Archive for February 2012

Steamed Hay

This year many of us will be dealing with hay that got wet. It may have looked OK when put in the barn, but now it’s January, and when you break open a bale, a very fine, musty smelling dust rises up. That dust is not field dirt; it’s a…

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Trapped

We see it in our practice quite often. A horse gets a leg trapped and struggles for release. He may get out on his own or, if lucky, may be found soon and released. If he pulls and jerks long enough the damage that is done may be irreparable and…

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Tug

If you have ever enjoyed one of our National Parks you can legitimately thank John Muir, at least in part, for its existence. Muir was born in Scotland in 1838. When he came to America, he discovered our magnificent wild areas and became their champion. He has been called the…

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Winterizing Your Horse

Horses in the wild are well suited to surviving harsh winter conditions. Our domesticated horses do not have the same skills as their wild brethren. Winter survival is one of the many things for which our equine companions rely on us. Before winter arrives take a look around your pasture…

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The Walk

One night last winter I got a phone call from an anxious client. His 20 year old Arabian mare was in distress. Ordinarily this is a very cranky animal, but tonight she was depressed. She kept pawing with one front leg, and every so often would look around at her…

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Horse Talk

We have the most amazing horse heritage in this country. Do you realize that back in the early 1900’s there was 1 horse for every 4 people! Every day saw gridlock on the streets of big cities like Boston and New York where thousands of carts and wagons were pulled…

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Night Check

I have never felt right about going to bed without taking that last trip to the barn for night check on my animals. I grump a bit pulling on my boots and shrugging on a coat on a cold night, but once there, I have never regretted going out. For…

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Which Leg

The first part of any lameness exam is figuring out which leg is lame. This sounds obvious, but it is this first step that seems to throw so many people, even very experienced riders. Let’s say that your horse goes lame because he stepped on a nail. There will be…

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The Horse’s Stomach

When my phone rings at 6 AM I’m pretty sure it’s not a social call. “Dr J!”, she shouted, “I think we’re in trouble! You know my gelding Zeus? Well, he somehow got out of his stall last night and into the grain room, and it looks like he ate…

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