Archive for September 2014

Those Strange Sarcoids

Sarcoid is the most common cancer of horses. I suppose I should say on horses, because sarcoids are skin tumors. They can grow to be very large, but they don’t spread to internal organs. Although common, I don’t think I’ve ever been called out specifically just to look at one.…

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The Sound of Hoofbeats

It’s a saying all veterinarians know: “When you hear the sound of hoof beats, don’t look for zebras.” In other words, unless you happen to be on the plains of Africa, if you hear hoof beats, they are most likely coming from horses and not zebras. Consider the ordinary before…

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The Dishrag and the Nail

When you push the start button on our dishwasher there is a delay, then in a minute you hear the pump start, the upper and lower whirligigs spin, and the water splash around inside. This time there was the usual click when I pushed the button, but after that, nothing.…

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Symmetry

I was called out to Sue’s farm to check out her big Quarter Horse gelding, Carlos, for lameness. When I arrived, Sue said that she hoped this wasn’t a wasted trip. She wasn’t positive that Carlos was lame, but knew he was not himself and had not been performing well.…

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Sheaths and Beans

What could I possibly add to a topic that has been written about in every horse magazine ever published? Is regular cleaning of a gelding’s sheath important for his health, or just a waste of time? This article is my perspective on the topic, with some situations that I have…

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Reflections on Lyme Disease

The headline on the first page of the March 30, 2014 Lewiston Maine Sun Journal shouted “TICKED OFF”. What followed was a full 3 page article about Lyme disease in people. I knew that we had a severe problem here in New England, but was unaware that New Hampshire has…

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Porcupines and Equines

Porcupines are peculiar animals. Along with beavers they are the largest rodents in the US. Beavers are busy and social. Porcupines move slowly and are shy. They don’t even interact with each other very much. They do get together in the fall for a short breeding season, and otherwise they…

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Let it be, Let it be

The virus known as papilloma affects just about every species of animal. It usually causes skin eruptions, and in people 100 different subtypes of the virus have been identified. In young women one type causes genital warts which usually disappear in time. Another type of the virus can cause the…

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Inherent Risks

“By your presence on these grounds you have indicated that you have accepted the limits of liability resulting from inherent risks of equine activities.” You have seen this notice posted at every public stable. The word inherent means that horses are, by their nature, potentially dangerous. The person who hangs…

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