Archive for October 2013

Slobbers

It was midafternoon on an early spring day. I was scheduled for spring shots at Charlotte’s barn. I gave her a call when I was 30 minutes out, so that she would have time to get the horses in. As my technician Erin backed our truck up to the barn…

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The Landing

My sister in law, in experiencing old age, remarked that she was glad that no one was around to watch her get out of bed in the morning and take the first few steps to the bathroom.  She said, “It’s not a pretty picture.” After a horse has been standing…

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Scratches

Maybe it’s called scratches because even a minor scrape in the skin of the pastern can start this annoying and hard to treat problem. In some parts of the country it is called grease heel, and in others, mud fever. Both of those names are descriptive. The official name is…

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One of These Things

Remember that song from Sesame Street? “One of these things is not like the other, one of these things is not the same.’’ Think about that catchy little verse when you are contemplating getting a Shetland pony to sort of round out your stable. There are over a hundred breeds…

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Horses Raising Kids

My wife and I were on vacation in Florida this winter. We re-connected with a former client who now lives in St Augustine. When I was attending her horse in Maine over 20 years ago, she was a teen ager at a very active stable with an emphasis on kids.…

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Brakes

Erin is my practice manager and personal technician. She has a ½ hour commute to work. When she got tired of filling the tank on her big SUV, she bought a used VW Passat. For a few months she raved about the stick shift, the quick response, and the $20…

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What Makes Them Special

There are so many things attract us to horses. We love their spirit. We celebrate the speed of race horses and the strength of the draft breeds. We are amazed by the extreme athleticism of sport horses. We love our horses’ willingness to enter into partnership in our activities. Best…

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Upside Down!

You may have had horses all your life, and it’s possible that you’ve never experienced an upside down horse. It might also be that you own a horse that gets cast on a regular basis. “Cast” in the equine world refers to a horse that is down and can’t get…

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Two for One

Mother and daughter run the farm together. They have had horses for years and know what they are doing. This April I was asked to do some chiropractic work on two of their horses. I did that, and then they said, “hey, while you are here…..” It turns out that…

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