Archive for January 2016

That Bottle of Pills

Two weeks ago I got a phone call from Lucy whose gelding was at a full gallop when he slipped, fell on rough ground, and slid for a few feet on his right side. After he got up, he favored his right hind leg for a minute and then seemed…

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Solitary

Mary heard about the gray gelding and immediately checked him out on Face Book. Her favorite horse color, and handsome to boot! Just 6 years old, so probably not lame from overuse. Perfect! He had received no bids at the New Jersey auction and was headed for what is called…

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Safe and Effective Fencing

A few months ago I got an email from Beth Carlson of Bath, Maine. Her email inspired me to write this article. She and a student of hers had been barn shopping and saw some beautiful facilities, but were surprised by inadequate fencing on some of the farms visited. Beth…

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Never Never Land

There are many things that you should never do as a horse owner. This article is a list of a few of those that the staff at MEA has brain stormed. You might think of more. If so, email me at the address at the end of this article, and…

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Let the Body Heal

It is one of those cases that I will never forget. I was working at the old Lewiston Raceway, and was going to be there all morning. A horse owner that I didn’t know called my office and told my office manager that she had to see me right away…

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High Tech Talk

I have been a veterinarian since 1969. Within a week of graduating from vet school I was working in a general practice in a rural area of New Hampshire. Cell phones did not exist. Most vets had a wired- in Motorola radio mounted under the dashboard to talk with their…

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Put Away That Chain Saw

Samantha called me at noon on a bright day in mid-September. She said her 10 year old mare Trixie hadn’t eaten any grain or hay that morning and now was acting “dumpy”. Banamine paste had not changed anything. I told Samantha that I would finish up at the farm that…

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