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Legs and Lameness

Slippery

Sandra moved to Maine four years ago with her two horses. On my first visit to her farm she told me that her older gelding, Benny, had a history of […]

The Squirts

It happened again today. It was one of those “while you’re here” conversations we all have with our health providers. In this case it was Andrea asking about her aged […]

You Can’t Miss It

Our veterinary practice shares emergency calls with four other practices. This means that when an urgent call comes in when I am on duty, I often don’t know the person […]

What Your Vet Would Like You To Know

My equine practice is 95% ambulatory. That word in vet medicine means, ‘we come to you’. This article is drawn from my experience as a farm call vet. I am […]

The Life and Times of Tapeworms

Lynda McCann is the owner and editor of this publication. She recently emailed me about a warmblood gelding that she has owned for two years. During that time Davey had […]

Super Fly

It was a hot day in early June. I was in the paddock behind the barn at Mary’s farm. She had asked me to check “Doc”, a Quarter Horse with […]

The Trouble with Breeds

Over 25 years ago I got a call from Richard, a Quarter horse breeder, who had just moved to a farm a few miles from my place. He had come […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Could Happen Here

I grew up in a suburb of New York City.   The houses on our street stood next to each other on 60 x 100 foot lots. Next door to us […]

They Are What They Eat

It was getting towards noon, and three cups of coffee that morning had me on the lookout for relief. The problem was that I heading south on the Maine Turnpike […]

Liniments

I’m betting that you probably have at least one bottle of liniment in your tack trunk. That’s good. Liniments are one aid to keeping horses sound.   However, they can do […]

I should have . . .

Christmas surprised me again this year, and I found myself saying once more, “I should have done my shopping earlier.”  This article is a small collection of regrets that I […]

Horse Journaling

It was my first visit to Barbara’s barn. I had just finished a routine physical exam and vaccinations on her 12 year old mare, Ginger. I asked Barbara if she […]

Hopeless Fractures

Would you consider skiing down a mountain knowing that if you broke your leg that would be the end of you?   Me either.   Hundreds of skiers suffer fractured legs every […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Makes Them Special – Part II

I am told that kids as young as 2 years can look at a horse and know that it’s not a cow. Just a glance and our brain takes in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Roads

Every time I am out west, I am surprised by the roads. They go ruler straight for miles! It’s nothing like our roads in northern New England. We have all […]

The Guardian

Every night before turning in I do barn check. By the time I get there my donkeys have almost always “put themselves to bed” by coming into their shared stall […]

The Decision

The call came in mid-morning. Gail was distraught. “It’s Ben, He’s bad. Real bad! Can you get here right away? I’m real worried about him. He’s down and thrashing.” I […]

Stall Accidents

Every so often you will hear about horses running back into their burning barn. Why is that? It’s because they are scared and confused and headed back towards ultimate safety, […]

Stable Air

It was a mid-November day when her call came in. The owner of a stable that I had never been to wanted me to check out a horse with a […]

Blocking Out

Most lameness can be diagnosed by using our senses. If we are watching from the ground, our eyes tell us that the horse is not moving right. If we are […]

It’s The Law

Several months ago I was asked to look at a two year old gelding who was wearing a big ugly bump on his skull.   He had banged his forehead full […]

Wheeze Rumble Roar

The noises horses make

Up the Nose

My phone rang at 10:30 PM that winter night.   In a vet’s house when the phone rings after 9:00,  you can bet it’s not a social call. I had been […]

Thoughts on Strangles

As I write this article the racetrack at Saratoga, NY has shut down their facility for 2 weeks because of an outbreak of the upper respiratory disease we call strangles.   […]

The Stall Door

There are two things that I like to see hanging on the door of every horse’s stall.  One is an information paper, under plastic, that gives information about that particular […]

Regularly Irregular

Sammy was a pretty gray mare.   Pretty to look at, and pretty darn smart.  I was on the farm that day to vaccinate everyone, and when she was brought out […]

Probe

When my wife Bonnie first brought up the idea of two fruit trees for the back yard, I was in.  It seemed like a good Memorial Day weekend project.  The […]

Lower Leg Wounds

Some 20 years ago I was paged early on a Sunday morning by a client who used to live right in my town.  Her colt was cut on a front […]

Intensive Care

I was thinking about how much attention and care our horses need.   I tried to come up with the exact opposite; some living thing that would require almost no care […]

Gravel

Gravel is the unusual name for what is probably our most common cause of lameness. It would be rare for any equine vet not to be dealing with a case […]

Big Fat Legs

“Doc, stick a needle in it and let some of that fluid out, would ya?”  I spent several years working on the race track.   Every so often one of the […]

Before You Leave

A few weeks ago Janet called and left a very detailed message on our office answering machine.   Although I have changed the names and details, it went something like this:  […]

A Written Agreement

Marie owned a farm that was used as a turn out for race horses in the off season.   She called me mid morning one cold December day to come have […]

Gotta Know How to Hold ‘Em

Just yesterday I was vaccinating horses in a barn where there were four new owners, each with a recently purchased horse. These were mature horses that had no concept of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Ship-Shape

I had a very interesting conversation with a businessman the other day. He owns several rental houses. I asked him if he has tenant problems. He said that this is […]

Respect

I love to hang over the fence and watch brood mares with their foals in the spring. It’s fun to see the interaction among the youngsters as they play. I […]

Looking and Seeing

Last week I was on my way to an evening church activity with a friend. The roads were icy, and he drove slowly. We noticed a police cruiser facing us […]

Horse Talk – Part II

In the October issue my article was about our strong equine heritage, and how so many horse phrases have become a colorful part of our language. In the meantime, readers […]

Hay Crisis

It’s been a great summer for ducks and umbrella sales, but not so good for making hay. This year’s hay will be scarce, coarse, less leafy, and not as nutritious. […]

Fire!

Some years ago I was asked by an insurance company to identify the bodies of some horses the morning after a very bad stable fire. A few upright studs, still […]

Deep Mud

The weather patterns in this past year have brought us some intense rain fall. If you have low spots in your paddock, barnyard, or pasture, you know first hand all […]

Buttons

I’ll never forget my first solo attempt at surgery on a horse. A work horse in the next town was cut and needed suturing. I got directions to the place […]

Red Snow

I had been out of vet school just seven months. I was working in a general practice in northern New Hampshire that had hired me right out of vet school. […]

Bent Frames – Part II

In a recent article I warned against buying a used car with a bent frame. A vehicle with a bent frame will never really be right on the road. I […]

Before You Call

Something interesting happened a few weeks ago. It was early on a Saturday morning, and I was the emergency vet on duty. Within the space of 10 minutes I got […]

Bent Frames

We didn’t have a car in my family until I was 12 years old. It was a big green Buick with plenty of miles on it. She was the first […]

The Disappearing Foal

I usually write my articles to inform. If that is what you are looking for, you can stop reading right here, as you won’t learn a thing from this one. […]

Veterinary Medicine as a Career

Several times a year every veterinarian I know is approached by a client who says, “My daughter/son is incredible with animals and wants to be a vet. What do you […]

Tradition

We have one of those big coffee table art books at home. Its colored pages show vases, statues, and pictures through the ages. If you are at all interested in […]

There Comes a Time

Red turned 28 in the spring. For the past ten years the Bensons called him “Old Red.” If we can judge such things, Red had a good life. All the […]

The Code

Until her retirement my wife Bonnie was a second grade teacher. She had classes of up to 33 kids. Somehow, single handedly she managed to keep reasonable order for six […]

Changes in Deworming Horses

In my senior year at vet school we were told that 90% of all that we were being taught would be outdated within 10 years. I didn’t believe it, but […]

Health Problems at Horse Shows

“Warning: This show may be hazardous to your horse’s health”. If you had to pass under that sign on your way into a show, would it make you stop and […]

ADR

ADR. It’s a term used by veterinarians to describe a horse that isn’t really sick, but isn’t really well, either. The initials stand for “Ain’t Doin’ Right”. We use ADR […]

Raw Exposure

A few years back I arrived at a farm to geld a colt. One of the owner’s children and another from the neighborhood were hanging around, obviously curious. I guess […]

Winter Skinny

It’s a deep, cold winter. I’m in your barn to check out one of your horses for one reason or another. I like to run my hands over every part […]

Learn from the Pupil

It’s always scary. You walk into the barn and right away sense that something is wrong. The horse that is usually at his door is way back in the stall. […]

How Old?

A few years back my wife and I were on a flight and noticed a young girl sitting across the aisle. She was very chatty and had an incredible smile. […]

Ugly Pogo

For many years (decades) there was a daily newspaper cartoon about Pogo, an opossum, (sometimes just called possum) that lived in the Okefenokee Swamp. He hung out a lot with […]

Vitamin E & Selenium

This article is about a vitamin (E) and a mineral (Selenium). In equine medicine the two things are usually talked about together because in combination they can really help performance […]

Wonder Drug?

Banamine (generic name Flunixin Meglumide) became a veterinary drug about 30 years ago. Since then, just in our practice alone, many thousands of doses have been administered or dispensed. What’s […]

Three Barriers

  Every year I can count on a half dozen calls from clients whose horses have got into the grain when no one was in the barn. You may come […]

Blood Loss in Horses

Equine veterinarians are always getting calls about horses with cuts. Often the owner is very concerned over the amount of blood that may have been lost. It takes very little […]

Equine Herpes Virus Myeloenceophalopathy (EHV 1)

Equine Herpesvirus, Type 1 (EHV-1) is a virus that causes rhinopneumonitis and equine abortions.  Rhino is a viral “cold” horses catch from other horses.  Horses at risk are those that […]

Lyme Disease in Horses

Used to be when I had an itch somewhere, I would scratch and forget it. Now I always check my itchy spots because I know I might see a tick. […]

The Mountain Behind the Barn

  Horse manure.  You’ve shoveled, forked, lifted, pushed and pulled your share of it. You might not want to read about it, but the condition of that manure can be […]

Horse Poor

  Just this morning I visited a farm where the owners told me that they were considering stopping their rescue operation. Increasing expenses have made it hard for them to […]

The Cooker

  One of the many, many amazing things about the body is how it maintains a very narrow temperature range so that all the body systems function optimally. In people […]

A Great Time to Buy

Money wise, there hasn’t been a better time to buy a horse for years. The same could be said about buying investment stocks.   Both are true.  In the case of […]

A Plea

Awhile back I had an appointment at a barn to take a Coggins test on a mare.  Prior arrangements had been made with the owner for us to meet during […]

Spring Vaccination Protocol

As spring approaches (we can dare to hope, right?) so, too, approaches the time for your horse’s annual vaccines.  Following a protocol of regular vaccination will help protect your horse […]

The Maine Farm Bureau

The benefits of becoming a member

The Barn: Your Horse's Environment

Slippery

Sandra moved to Maine four years ago with her two horses. On my first visit to her farm she told me that her older gelding, Benny, had a history of […]

The Squirts

It happened again today. It was one of those “while you’re here” conversations we all have with our health providers. In this case it was Andrea asking about her aged […]

You Can’t Miss It

Our veterinary practice shares emergency calls with four other practices. This means that when an urgent call comes in when I am on duty, I often don’t know the person […]

What Your Vet Would Like You To Know

My equine practice is 95% ambulatory. That word in vet medicine means, ‘we come to you’. This article is drawn from my experience as a farm call vet. I am […]

The Life and Times of Tapeworms

Lynda McCann is the owner and editor of this publication. She recently emailed me about a warmblood gelding that she has owned for two years. During that time Davey had […]

Super Fly

It was a hot day in early June. I was in the paddock behind the barn at Mary’s farm. She had asked me to check “Doc”, a Quarter Horse with […]

The Trouble with Breeds

Over 25 years ago I got a call from Richard, a Quarter horse breeder, who had just moved to a farm a few miles from my place. He had come […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Could Happen Here

I grew up in a suburb of New York City.   The houses on our street stood next to each other on 60 x 100 foot lots. Next door to us […]

They Are What They Eat

It was getting towards noon, and three cups of coffee that morning had me on the lookout for relief. The problem was that I heading south on the Maine Turnpike […]

Liniments

I’m betting that you probably have at least one bottle of liniment in your tack trunk. That’s good. Liniments are one aid to keeping horses sound.   However, they can do […]

I should have . . .

Christmas surprised me again this year, and I found myself saying once more, “I should have done my shopping earlier.”  This article is a small collection of regrets that I […]

Horse Journaling

It was my first visit to Barbara’s barn. I had just finished a routine physical exam and vaccinations on her 12 year old mare, Ginger. I asked Barbara if she […]

Hopeless Fractures

Would you consider skiing down a mountain knowing that if you broke your leg that would be the end of you?   Me either.   Hundreds of skiers suffer fractured legs every […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Makes Them Special – Part II

I am told that kids as young as 2 years can look at a horse and know that it’s not a cow. Just a glance and our brain takes in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Roads

Every time I am out west, I am surprised by the roads. They go ruler straight for miles! It’s nothing like our roads in northern New England. We have all […]

The Guardian

Every night before turning in I do barn check. By the time I get there my donkeys have almost always “put themselves to bed” by coming into their shared stall […]

The Decision

The call came in mid-morning. Gail was distraught. “It’s Ben, He’s bad. Real bad! Can you get here right away? I’m real worried about him. He’s down and thrashing.” I […]

Stall Accidents

Every so often you will hear about horses running back into their burning barn. Why is that? It’s because they are scared and confused and headed back towards ultimate safety, […]

Stable Air

It was a mid-November day when her call came in. The owner of a stable that I had never been to wanted me to check out a horse with a […]

Blocking Out

Most lameness can be diagnosed by using our senses. If we are watching from the ground, our eyes tell us that the horse is not moving right. If we are […]

It’s The Law

Several months ago I was asked to look at a two year old gelding who was wearing a big ugly bump on his skull.   He had banged his forehead full […]

Wheeze Rumble Roar

The noises horses make

Up the Nose

My phone rang at 10:30 PM that winter night.   In a vet’s house when the phone rings after 9:00,  you can bet it’s not a social call. I had been […]

Thoughts on Strangles

As I write this article the racetrack at Saratoga, NY has shut down their facility for 2 weeks because of an outbreak of the upper respiratory disease we call strangles.   […]

The Stall Door

There are two things that I like to see hanging on the door of every horse’s stall.  One is an information paper, under plastic, that gives information about that particular […]

Regularly Irregular

Sammy was a pretty gray mare.   Pretty to look at, and pretty darn smart.  I was on the farm that day to vaccinate everyone, and when she was brought out […]

Probe

When my wife Bonnie first brought up the idea of two fruit trees for the back yard, I was in.  It seemed like a good Memorial Day weekend project.  The […]

Lower Leg Wounds

Some 20 years ago I was paged early on a Sunday morning by a client who used to live right in my town.  Her colt was cut on a front […]

Intensive Care

I was thinking about how much attention and care our horses need.   I tried to come up with the exact opposite; some living thing that would require almost no care […]

Gravel

Gravel is the unusual name for what is probably our most common cause of lameness. It would be rare for any equine vet not to be dealing with a case […]

Big Fat Legs

“Doc, stick a needle in it and let some of that fluid out, would ya?”  I spent several years working on the race track.   Every so often one of the […]

Before You Leave

A few weeks ago Janet called and left a very detailed message on our office answering machine.   Although I have changed the names and details, it went something like this:  […]

A Written Agreement

Marie owned a farm that was used as a turn out for race horses in the off season.   She called me mid morning one cold December day to come have […]

Gotta Know How to Hold ‘Em

Just yesterday I was vaccinating horses in a barn where there were four new owners, each with a recently purchased horse. These were mature horses that had no concept of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Ship-Shape

I had a very interesting conversation with a businessman the other day. He owns several rental houses. I asked him if he has tenant problems. He said that this is […]

Respect

I love to hang over the fence and watch brood mares with their foals in the spring. It’s fun to see the interaction among the youngsters as they play. I […]

Looking and Seeing

Last week I was on my way to an evening church activity with a friend. The roads were icy, and he drove slowly. We noticed a police cruiser facing us […]

Horse Talk – Part II

In the October issue my article was about our strong equine heritage, and how so many horse phrases have become a colorful part of our language. In the meantime, readers […]

Hay Crisis

It’s been a great summer for ducks and umbrella sales, but not so good for making hay. This year’s hay will be scarce, coarse, less leafy, and not as nutritious. […]

Fire!

Some years ago I was asked by an insurance company to identify the bodies of some horses the morning after a very bad stable fire. A few upright studs, still […]

Deep Mud

The weather patterns in this past year have brought us some intense rain fall. If you have low spots in your paddock, barnyard, or pasture, you know first hand all […]

Buttons

I’ll never forget my first solo attempt at surgery on a horse. A work horse in the next town was cut and needed suturing. I got directions to the place […]

Red Snow

I had been out of vet school just seven months. I was working in a general practice in northern New Hampshire that had hired me right out of vet school. […]

Bent Frames – Part II

In a recent article I warned against buying a used car with a bent frame. A vehicle with a bent frame will never really be right on the road. I […]

Before You Call

Something interesting happened a few weeks ago. It was early on a Saturday morning, and I was the emergency vet on duty. Within the space of 10 minutes I got […]

Bent Frames

We didn’t have a car in my family until I was 12 years old. It was a big green Buick with plenty of miles on it. She was the first […]

The Disappearing Foal

I usually write my articles to inform. If that is what you are looking for, you can stop reading right here, as you won’t learn a thing from this one. […]

Veterinary Medicine as a Career

Several times a year every veterinarian I know is approached by a client who says, “My daughter/son is incredible with animals and wants to be a vet. What do you […]

Tradition

We have one of those big coffee table art books at home. Its colored pages show vases, statues, and pictures through the ages. If you are at all interested in […]

There Comes a Time

Red turned 28 in the spring. For the past ten years the Bensons called him “Old Red.” If we can judge such things, Red had a good life. All the […]

The Code

Until her retirement my wife Bonnie was a second grade teacher. She had classes of up to 33 kids. Somehow, single handedly she managed to keep reasonable order for six […]

Changes in Deworming Horses

In my senior year at vet school we were told that 90% of all that we were being taught would be outdated within 10 years. I didn’t believe it, but […]

Health Problems at Horse Shows

“Warning: This show may be hazardous to your horse’s health”. If you had to pass under that sign on your way into a show, would it make you stop and […]

ADR

ADR. It’s a term used by veterinarians to describe a horse that isn’t really sick, but isn’t really well, either. The initials stand for “Ain’t Doin’ Right”. We use ADR […]

Raw Exposure

A few years back I arrived at a farm to geld a colt. One of the owner’s children and another from the neighborhood were hanging around, obviously curious. I guess […]

Winter Skinny

It’s a deep, cold winter. I’m in your barn to check out one of your horses for one reason or another. I like to run my hands over every part […]

Learn from the Pupil

It’s always scary. You walk into the barn and right away sense that something is wrong. The horse that is usually at his door is way back in the stall. […]

How Old?

A few years back my wife and I were on a flight and noticed a young girl sitting across the aisle. She was very chatty and had an incredible smile. […]

Ugly Pogo

For many years (decades) there was a daily newspaper cartoon about Pogo, an opossum, (sometimes just called possum) that lived in the Okefenokee Swamp. He hung out a lot with […]

Vitamin E & Selenium

This article is about a vitamin (E) and a mineral (Selenium). In equine medicine the two things are usually talked about together because in combination they can really help performance […]

Wonder Drug?

Banamine (generic name Flunixin Meglumide) became a veterinary drug about 30 years ago. Since then, just in our practice alone, many thousands of doses have been administered or dispensed. What’s […]

Three Barriers

  Every year I can count on a half dozen calls from clients whose horses have got into the grain when no one was in the barn. You may come […]

Blood Loss in Horses

Equine veterinarians are always getting calls about horses with cuts. Often the owner is very concerned over the amount of blood that may have been lost. It takes very little […]

Equine Herpes Virus Myeloenceophalopathy (EHV 1)

Equine Herpesvirus, Type 1 (EHV-1) is a virus that causes rhinopneumonitis and equine abortions.  Rhino is a viral “cold” horses catch from other horses.  Horses at risk are those that […]

Lyme Disease in Horses

Used to be when I had an itch somewhere, I would scratch and forget it. Now I always check my itchy spots because I know I might see a tick. […]

The Mountain Behind the Barn

  Horse manure.  You’ve shoveled, forked, lifted, pushed and pulled your share of it. You might not want to read about it, but the condition of that manure can be […]

Horse Poor

  Just this morning I visited a farm where the owners told me that they were considering stopping their rescue operation. Increasing expenses have made it hard for them to […]

The Cooker

  One of the many, many amazing things about the body is how it maintains a very narrow temperature range so that all the body systems function optimally. In people […]

A Great Time to Buy

Money wise, there hasn’t been a better time to buy a horse for years. The same could be said about buying investment stocks.   Both are true.  In the case of […]

A Plea

Awhile back I had an appointment at a barn to take a Coggins test on a mare.  Prior arrangements had been made with the owner for us to meet during […]

Spring Vaccination Protocol

As spring approaches (we can dare to hope, right?) so, too, approaches the time for your horse’s annual vaccines.  Following a protocol of regular vaccination will help protect your horse […]

The Maine Farm Bureau

The benefits of becoming a member

Relationships: You, Your Horse and Your Vet

Slippery

Sandra moved to Maine four years ago with her two horses. On my first visit to her farm she told me that her older gelding, Benny, had a history of […]

The Squirts

It happened again today. It was one of those “while you’re here” conversations we all have with our health providers. In this case it was Andrea asking about her aged […]

You Can’t Miss It

Our veterinary practice shares emergency calls with four other practices. This means that when an urgent call comes in when I am on duty, I often don’t know the person […]

What Your Vet Would Like You To Know

My equine practice is 95% ambulatory. That word in vet medicine means, ‘we come to you’. This article is drawn from my experience as a farm call vet. I am […]

The Life and Times of Tapeworms

Lynda McCann is the owner and editor of this publication. She recently emailed me about a warmblood gelding that she has owned for two years. During that time Davey had […]

Super Fly

It was a hot day in early June. I was in the paddock behind the barn at Mary’s farm. She had asked me to check “Doc”, a Quarter Horse with […]

The Trouble with Breeds

Over 25 years ago I got a call from Richard, a Quarter horse breeder, who had just moved to a farm a few miles from my place. He had come […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Could Happen Here

I grew up in a suburb of New York City.   The houses on our street stood next to each other on 60 x 100 foot lots. Next door to us […]

They Are What They Eat

It was getting towards noon, and three cups of coffee that morning had me on the lookout for relief. The problem was that I heading south on the Maine Turnpike […]

Liniments

I’m betting that you probably have at least one bottle of liniment in your tack trunk. That’s good. Liniments are one aid to keeping horses sound.   However, they can do […]

I should have . . .

Christmas surprised me again this year, and I found myself saying once more, “I should have done my shopping earlier.”  This article is a small collection of regrets that I […]

Horse Journaling

It was my first visit to Barbara’s barn. I had just finished a routine physical exam and vaccinations on her 12 year old mare, Ginger. I asked Barbara if she […]

Hopeless Fractures

Would you consider skiing down a mountain knowing that if you broke your leg that would be the end of you?   Me either.   Hundreds of skiers suffer fractured legs every […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Makes Them Special – Part II

I am told that kids as young as 2 years can look at a horse and know that it’s not a cow. Just a glance and our brain takes in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Roads

Every time I am out west, I am surprised by the roads. They go ruler straight for miles! It’s nothing like our roads in northern New England. We have all […]

The Guardian

Every night before turning in I do barn check. By the time I get there my donkeys have almost always “put themselves to bed” by coming into their shared stall […]

The Decision

The call came in mid-morning. Gail was distraught. “It’s Ben, He’s bad. Real bad! Can you get here right away? I’m real worried about him. He’s down and thrashing.” I […]

Stall Accidents

Every so often you will hear about horses running back into their burning barn. Why is that? It’s because they are scared and confused and headed back towards ultimate safety, […]

Stable Air

It was a mid-November day when her call came in. The owner of a stable that I had never been to wanted me to check out a horse with a […]

Blocking Out

Most lameness can be diagnosed by using our senses. If we are watching from the ground, our eyes tell us that the horse is not moving right. If we are […]

It’s The Law

Several months ago I was asked to look at a two year old gelding who was wearing a big ugly bump on his skull.   He had banged his forehead full […]

Wheeze Rumble Roar

The noises horses make

Up the Nose

My phone rang at 10:30 PM that winter night.   In a vet’s house when the phone rings after 9:00,  you can bet it’s not a social call. I had been […]

Thoughts on Strangles

As I write this article the racetrack at Saratoga, NY has shut down their facility for 2 weeks because of an outbreak of the upper respiratory disease we call strangles.   […]

The Stall Door

There are two things that I like to see hanging on the door of every horse’s stall.  One is an information paper, under plastic, that gives information about that particular […]

Regularly Irregular

Sammy was a pretty gray mare.   Pretty to look at, and pretty darn smart.  I was on the farm that day to vaccinate everyone, and when she was brought out […]

Probe

When my wife Bonnie first brought up the idea of two fruit trees for the back yard, I was in.  It seemed like a good Memorial Day weekend project.  The […]

Lower Leg Wounds

Some 20 years ago I was paged early on a Sunday morning by a client who used to live right in my town.  Her colt was cut on a front […]

Intensive Care

I was thinking about how much attention and care our horses need.   I tried to come up with the exact opposite; some living thing that would require almost no care […]

Gravel

Gravel is the unusual name for what is probably our most common cause of lameness. It would be rare for any equine vet not to be dealing with a case […]

Big Fat Legs

“Doc, stick a needle in it and let some of that fluid out, would ya?”  I spent several years working on the race track.   Every so often one of the […]

Before You Leave

A few weeks ago Janet called and left a very detailed message on our office answering machine.   Although I have changed the names and details, it went something like this:  […]

A Written Agreement

Marie owned a farm that was used as a turn out for race horses in the off season.   She called me mid morning one cold December day to come have […]

Gotta Know How to Hold ‘Em

Just yesterday I was vaccinating horses in a barn where there were four new owners, each with a recently purchased horse. These were mature horses that had no concept of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Ship-Shape

I had a very interesting conversation with a businessman the other day. He owns several rental houses. I asked him if he has tenant problems. He said that this is […]

Respect

I love to hang over the fence and watch brood mares with their foals in the spring. It’s fun to see the interaction among the youngsters as they play. I […]

Looking and Seeing

Last week I was on my way to an evening church activity with a friend. The roads were icy, and he drove slowly. We noticed a police cruiser facing us […]

Horse Talk – Part II

In the October issue my article was about our strong equine heritage, and how so many horse phrases have become a colorful part of our language. In the meantime, readers […]

Hay Crisis

It’s been a great summer for ducks and umbrella sales, but not so good for making hay. This year’s hay will be scarce, coarse, less leafy, and not as nutritious. […]

Fire!

Some years ago I was asked by an insurance company to identify the bodies of some horses the morning after a very bad stable fire. A few upright studs, still […]

Deep Mud

The weather patterns in this past year have brought us some intense rain fall. If you have low spots in your paddock, barnyard, or pasture, you know first hand all […]

Buttons

I’ll never forget my first solo attempt at surgery on a horse. A work horse in the next town was cut and needed suturing. I got directions to the place […]

Red Snow

I had been out of vet school just seven months. I was working in a general practice in northern New Hampshire that had hired me right out of vet school. […]

Bent Frames – Part II

In a recent article I warned against buying a used car with a bent frame. A vehicle with a bent frame will never really be right on the road. I […]

Before You Call

Something interesting happened a few weeks ago. It was early on a Saturday morning, and I was the emergency vet on duty. Within the space of 10 minutes I got […]

Bent Frames

We didn’t have a car in my family until I was 12 years old. It was a big green Buick with plenty of miles on it. She was the first […]

The Disappearing Foal

I usually write my articles to inform. If that is what you are looking for, you can stop reading right here, as you won’t learn a thing from this one. […]

Veterinary Medicine as a Career

Several times a year every veterinarian I know is approached by a client who says, “My daughter/son is incredible with animals and wants to be a vet. What do you […]

Tradition

We have one of those big coffee table art books at home. Its colored pages show vases, statues, and pictures through the ages. If you are at all interested in […]

There Comes a Time

Red turned 28 in the spring. For the past ten years the Bensons called him “Old Red.” If we can judge such things, Red had a good life. All the […]

The Code

Until her retirement my wife Bonnie was a second grade teacher. She had classes of up to 33 kids. Somehow, single handedly she managed to keep reasonable order for six […]

Changes in Deworming Horses

In my senior year at vet school we were told that 90% of all that we were being taught would be outdated within 10 years. I didn’t believe it, but […]

Health Problems at Horse Shows

“Warning: This show may be hazardous to your horse’s health”. If you had to pass under that sign on your way into a show, would it make you stop and […]

ADR

ADR. It’s a term used by veterinarians to describe a horse that isn’t really sick, but isn’t really well, either. The initials stand for “Ain’t Doin’ Right”. We use ADR […]

Raw Exposure

A few years back I arrived at a farm to geld a colt. One of the owner’s children and another from the neighborhood were hanging around, obviously curious. I guess […]

Winter Skinny

It’s a deep, cold winter. I’m in your barn to check out one of your horses for one reason or another. I like to run my hands over every part […]

Learn from the Pupil

It’s always scary. You walk into the barn and right away sense that something is wrong. The horse that is usually at his door is way back in the stall. […]

How Old?

A few years back my wife and I were on a flight and noticed a young girl sitting across the aisle. She was very chatty and had an incredible smile. […]

Ugly Pogo

For many years (decades) there was a daily newspaper cartoon about Pogo, an opossum, (sometimes just called possum) that lived in the Okefenokee Swamp. He hung out a lot with […]

Vitamin E & Selenium

This article is about a vitamin (E) and a mineral (Selenium). In equine medicine the two things are usually talked about together because in combination they can really help performance […]

Wonder Drug?

Banamine (generic name Flunixin Meglumide) became a veterinary drug about 30 years ago. Since then, just in our practice alone, many thousands of doses have been administered or dispensed. What’s […]

Three Barriers

  Every year I can count on a half dozen calls from clients whose horses have got into the grain when no one was in the barn. You may come […]

Blood Loss in Horses

Equine veterinarians are always getting calls about horses with cuts. Often the owner is very concerned over the amount of blood that may have been lost. It takes very little […]

Equine Herpes Virus Myeloenceophalopathy (EHV 1)

Equine Herpesvirus, Type 1 (EHV-1) is a virus that causes rhinopneumonitis and equine abortions.  Rhino is a viral “cold” horses catch from other horses.  Horses at risk are those that […]

Lyme Disease in Horses

Used to be when I had an itch somewhere, I would scratch and forget it. Now I always check my itchy spots because I know I might see a tick. […]

The Mountain Behind the Barn

  Horse manure.  You’ve shoveled, forked, lifted, pushed and pulled your share of it. You might not want to read about it, but the condition of that manure can be […]

Horse Poor

  Just this morning I visited a farm where the owners told me that they were considering stopping their rescue operation. Increasing expenses have made it hard for them to […]

The Cooker

  One of the many, many amazing things about the body is how it maintains a very narrow temperature range so that all the body systems function optimally. In people […]

A Great Time to Buy

Money wise, there hasn’t been a better time to buy a horse for years. The same could be said about buying investment stocks.   Both are true.  In the case of […]

A Plea

Awhile back I had an appointment at a barn to take a Coggins test on a mare.  Prior arrangements had been made with the owner for us to meet during […]

Spring Vaccination Protocol

As spring approaches (we can dare to hope, right?) so, too, approaches the time for your horse’s annual vaccines.  Following a protocol of regular vaccination will help protect your horse […]

The Maine Farm Bureau

The benefits of becoming a member

Specific Equine Diseases

Slippery

Sandra moved to Maine four years ago with her two horses. On my first visit to her farm she told me that her older gelding, Benny, had a history of […]

The Squirts

It happened again today. It was one of those “while you’re here” conversations we all have with our health providers. In this case it was Andrea asking about her aged […]

You Can’t Miss It

Our veterinary practice shares emergency calls with four other practices. This means that when an urgent call comes in when I am on duty, I often don’t know the person […]

What Your Vet Would Like You To Know

My equine practice is 95% ambulatory. That word in vet medicine means, ‘we come to you’. This article is drawn from my experience as a farm call vet. I am […]

The Life and Times of Tapeworms

Lynda McCann is the owner and editor of this publication. She recently emailed me about a warmblood gelding that she has owned for two years. During that time Davey had […]

Super Fly

It was a hot day in early June. I was in the paddock behind the barn at Mary’s farm. She had asked me to check “Doc”, a Quarter Horse with […]

The Trouble with Breeds

Over 25 years ago I got a call from Richard, a Quarter horse breeder, who had just moved to a farm a few miles from my place. He had come […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Could Happen Here

I grew up in a suburb of New York City.   The houses on our street stood next to each other on 60 x 100 foot lots. Next door to us […]

They Are What They Eat

It was getting towards noon, and three cups of coffee that morning had me on the lookout for relief. The problem was that I heading south on the Maine Turnpike […]

Liniments

I’m betting that you probably have at least one bottle of liniment in your tack trunk. That’s good. Liniments are one aid to keeping horses sound.   However, they can do […]

I should have . . .

Christmas surprised me again this year, and I found myself saying once more, “I should have done my shopping earlier.”  This article is a small collection of regrets that I […]

Horse Journaling

It was my first visit to Barbara’s barn. I had just finished a routine physical exam and vaccinations on her 12 year old mare, Ginger. I asked Barbara if she […]

Hopeless Fractures

Would you consider skiing down a mountain knowing that if you broke your leg that would be the end of you?   Me either.   Hundreds of skiers suffer fractured legs every […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Makes Them Special – Part II

I am told that kids as young as 2 years can look at a horse and know that it’s not a cow. Just a glance and our brain takes in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Roads

Every time I am out west, I am surprised by the roads. They go ruler straight for miles! It’s nothing like our roads in northern New England. We have all […]

The Guardian

Every night before turning in I do barn check. By the time I get there my donkeys have almost always “put themselves to bed” by coming into their shared stall […]

The Decision

The call came in mid-morning. Gail was distraught. “It’s Ben, He’s bad. Real bad! Can you get here right away? I’m real worried about him. He’s down and thrashing.” I […]

Stall Accidents

Every so often you will hear about horses running back into their burning barn. Why is that? It’s because they are scared and confused and headed back towards ultimate safety, […]

Stable Air

It was a mid-November day when her call came in. The owner of a stable that I had never been to wanted me to check out a horse with a […]

Blocking Out

Most lameness can be diagnosed by using our senses. If we are watching from the ground, our eyes tell us that the horse is not moving right. If we are […]

It’s The Law

Several months ago I was asked to look at a two year old gelding who was wearing a big ugly bump on his skull.   He had banged his forehead full […]

Wheeze Rumble Roar

The noises horses make

Up the Nose

My phone rang at 10:30 PM that winter night.   In a vet’s house when the phone rings after 9:00,  you can bet it’s not a social call. I had been […]

Thoughts on Strangles

As I write this article the racetrack at Saratoga, NY has shut down their facility for 2 weeks because of an outbreak of the upper respiratory disease we call strangles.   […]

The Stall Door

There are two things that I like to see hanging on the door of every horse’s stall.  One is an information paper, under plastic, that gives information about that particular […]

Regularly Irregular

Sammy was a pretty gray mare.   Pretty to look at, and pretty darn smart.  I was on the farm that day to vaccinate everyone, and when she was brought out […]

Probe

When my wife Bonnie first brought up the idea of two fruit trees for the back yard, I was in.  It seemed like a good Memorial Day weekend project.  The […]

Lower Leg Wounds

Some 20 years ago I was paged early on a Sunday morning by a client who used to live right in my town.  Her colt was cut on a front […]

Intensive Care

I was thinking about how much attention and care our horses need.   I tried to come up with the exact opposite; some living thing that would require almost no care […]

Gravel

Gravel is the unusual name for what is probably our most common cause of lameness. It would be rare for any equine vet not to be dealing with a case […]

Big Fat Legs

“Doc, stick a needle in it and let some of that fluid out, would ya?”  I spent several years working on the race track.   Every so often one of the […]

Before You Leave

A few weeks ago Janet called and left a very detailed message on our office answering machine.   Although I have changed the names and details, it went something like this:  […]

A Written Agreement

Marie owned a farm that was used as a turn out for race horses in the off season.   She called me mid morning one cold December day to come have […]

Gotta Know How to Hold ‘Em

Just yesterday I was vaccinating horses in a barn where there were four new owners, each with a recently purchased horse. These were mature horses that had no concept of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Ship-Shape

I had a very interesting conversation with a businessman the other day. He owns several rental houses. I asked him if he has tenant problems. He said that this is […]

Respect

I love to hang over the fence and watch brood mares with their foals in the spring. It’s fun to see the interaction among the youngsters as they play. I […]

Looking and Seeing

Last week I was on my way to an evening church activity with a friend. The roads were icy, and he drove slowly. We noticed a police cruiser facing us […]

Horse Talk – Part II

In the October issue my article was about our strong equine heritage, and how so many horse phrases have become a colorful part of our language. In the meantime, readers […]

Hay Crisis

It’s been a great summer for ducks and umbrella sales, but not so good for making hay. This year’s hay will be scarce, coarse, less leafy, and not as nutritious. […]

Fire!

Some years ago I was asked by an insurance company to identify the bodies of some horses the morning after a very bad stable fire. A few upright studs, still […]

Deep Mud

The weather patterns in this past year have brought us some intense rain fall. If you have low spots in your paddock, barnyard, or pasture, you know first hand all […]

Buttons

I’ll never forget my first solo attempt at surgery on a horse. A work horse in the next town was cut and needed suturing. I got directions to the place […]

Red Snow

I had been out of vet school just seven months. I was working in a general practice in northern New Hampshire that had hired me right out of vet school. […]

Bent Frames – Part II

In a recent article I warned against buying a used car with a bent frame. A vehicle with a bent frame will never really be right on the road. I […]

Before You Call

Something interesting happened a few weeks ago. It was early on a Saturday morning, and I was the emergency vet on duty. Within the space of 10 minutes I got […]

Bent Frames

We didn’t have a car in my family until I was 12 years old. It was a big green Buick with plenty of miles on it. She was the first […]

The Disappearing Foal

I usually write my articles to inform. If that is what you are looking for, you can stop reading right here, as you won’t learn a thing from this one. […]

Veterinary Medicine as a Career

Several times a year every veterinarian I know is approached by a client who says, “My daughter/son is incredible with animals and wants to be a vet. What do you […]

Tradition

We have one of those big coffee table art books at home. Its colored pages show vases, statues, and pictures through the ages. If you are at all interested in […]

There Comes a Time

Red turned 28 in the spring. For the past ten years the Bensons called him “Old Red.” If we can judge such things, Red had a good life. All the […]

The Code

Until her retirement my wife Bonnie was a second grade teacher. She had classes of up to 33 kids. Somehow, single handedly she managed to keep reasonable order for six […]

Changes in Deworming Horses

In my senior year at vet school we were told that 90% of all that we were being taught would be outdated within 10 years. I didn’t believe it, but […]

Health Problems at Horse Shows

“Warning: This show may be hazardous to your horse’s health”. If you had to pass under that sign on your way into a show, would it make you stop and […]

ADR

ADR. It’s a term used by veterinarians to describe a horse that isn’t really sick, but isn’t really well, either. The initials stand for “Ain’t Doin’ Right”. We use ADR […]

Raw Exposure

A few years back I arrived at a farm to geld a colt. One of the owner’s children and another from the neighborhood were hanging around, obviously curious. I guess […]

Winter Skinny

It’s a deep, cold winter. I’m in your barn to check out one of your horses for one reason or another. I like to run my hands over every part […]

Learn from the Pupil

It’s always scary. You walk into the barn and right away sense that something is wrong. The horse that is usually at his door is way back in the stall. […]

How Old?

A few years back my wife and I were on a flight and noticed a young girl sitting across the aisle. She was very chatty and had an incredible smile. […]

Ugly Pogo

For many years (decades) there was a daily newspaper cartoon about Pogo, an opossum, (sometimes just called possum) that lived in the Okefenokee Swamp. He hung out a lot with […]

Vitamin E & Selenium

This article is about a vitamin (E) and a mineral (Selenium). In equine medicine the two things are usually talked about together because in combination they can really help performance […]

Wonder Drug?

Banamine (generic name Flunixin Meglumide) became a veterinary drug about 30 years ago. Since then, just in our practice alone, many thousands of doses have been administered or dispensed. What’s […]

Three Barriers

  Every year I can count on a half dozen calls from clients whose horses have got into the grain when no one was in the barn. You may come […]

Blood Loss in Horses

Equine veterinarians are always getting calls about horses with cuts. Often the owner is very concerned over the amount of blood that may have been lost. It takes very little […]

Equine Herpes Virus Myeloenceophalopathy (EHV 1)

Equine Herpesvirus, Type 1 (EHV-1) is a virus that causes rhinopneumonitis and equine abortions.  Rhino is a viral “cold” horses catch from other horses.  Horses at risk are those that […]

Lyme Disease in Horses

Used to be when I had an itch somewhere, I would scratch and forget it. Now I always check my itchy spots because I know I might see a tick. […]

The Mountain Behind the Barn

  Horse manure.  You’ve shoveled, forked, lifted, pushed and pulled your share of it. You might not want to read about it, but the condition of that manure can be […]

Horse Poor

  Just this morning I visited a farm where the owners told me that they were considering stopping their rescue operation. Increasing expenses have made it hard for them to […]

The Cooker

  One of the many, many amazing things about the body is how it maintains a very narrow temperature range so that all the body systems function optimally. In people […]

A Great Time to Buy

Money wise, there hasn’t been a better time to buy a horse for years. The same could be said about buying investment stocks.   Both are true.  In the case of […]

A Plea

Awhile back I had an appointment at a barn to take a Coggins test on a mare.  Prior arrangements had been made with the owner for us to meet during […]

Spring Vaccination Protocol

As spring approaches (we can dare to hope, right?) so, too, approaches the time for your horse’s annual vaccines.  Following a protocol of regular vaccination will help protect your horse […]

The Maine Farm Bureau

The benefits of becoming a member

Assessing Problems in Your Horse

Slippery

Sandra moved to Maine four years ago with her two horses. On my first visit to her farm she told me that her older gelding, Benny, had a history of […]

The Squirts

It happened again today. It was one of those “while you’re here” conversations we all have with our health providers. In this case it was Andrea asking about her aged […]

You Can’t Miss It

Our veterinary practice shares emergency calls with four other practices. This means that when an urgent call comes in when I am on duty, I often don’t know the person […]

What Your Vet Would Like You To Know

My equine practice is 95% ambulatory. That word in vet medicine means, ‘we come to you’. This article is drawn from my experience as a farm call vet. I am […]

The Life and Times of Tapeworms

Lynda McCann is the owner and editor of this publication. She recently emailed me about a warmblood gelding that she has owned for two years. During that time Davey had […]

Super Fly

It was a hot day in early June. I was in the paddock behind the barn at Mary’s farm. She had asked me to check “Doc”, a Quarter Horse with […]

The Trouble with Breeds

Over 25 years ago I got a call from Richard, a Quarter horse breeder, who had just moved to a farm a few miles from my place. He had come […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Could Happen Here

I grew up in a suburb of New York City.   The houses on our street stood next to each other on 60 x 100 foot lots. Next door to us […]

They Are What They Eat

It was getting towards noon, and three cups of coffee that morning had me on the lookout for relief. The problem was that I heading south on the Maine Turnpike […]

Liniments

I’m betting that you probably have at least one bottle of liniment in your tack trunk. That’s good. Liniments are one aid to keeping horses sound.   However, they can do […]

I should have . . .

Christmas surprised me again this year, and I found myself saying once more, “I should have done my shopping earlier.”  This article is a small collection of regrets that I […]

Horse Journaling

It was my first visit to Barbara’s barn. I had just finished a routine physical exam and vaccinations on her 12 year old mare, Ginger. I asked Barbara if she […]

Hopeless Fractures

Would you consider skiing down a mountain knowing that if you broke your leg that would be the end of you?   Me either.   Hundreds of skiers suffer fractured legs every […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Makes Them Special – Part II

I am told that kids as young as 2 years can look at a horse and know that it’s not a cow. Just a glance and our brain takes in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Roads

Every time I am out west, I am surprised by the roads. They go ruler straight for miles! It’s nothing like our roads in northern New England. We have all […]

The Guardian

Every night before turning in I do barn check. By the time I get there my donkeys have almost always “put themselves to bed” by coming into their shared stall […]

The Decision

The call came in mid-morning. Gail was distraught. “It’s Ben, He’s bad. Real bad! Can you get here right away? I’m real worried about him. He’s down and thrashing.” I […]

Stall Accidents

Every so often you will hear about horses running back into their burning barn. Why is that? It’s because they are scared and confused and headed back towards ultimate safety, […]

Stable Air

It was a mid-November day when her call came in. The owner of a stable that I had never been to wanted me to check out a horse with a […]

Blocking Out

Most lameness can be diagnosed by using our senses. If we are watching from the ground, our eyes tell us that the horse is not moving right. If we are […]

It’s The Law

Several months ago I was asked to look at a two year old gelding who was wearing a big ugly bump on his skull.   He had banged his forehead full […]

Wheeze Rumble Roar

The noises horses make

Up the Nose

My phone rang at 10:30 PM that winter night.   In a vet’s house when the phone rings after 9:00,  you can bet it’s not a social call. I had been […]

Thoughts on Strangles

As I write this article the racetrack at Saratoga, NY has shut down their facility for 2 weeks because of an outbreak of the upper respiratory disease we call strangles.   […]

The Stall Door

There are two things that I like to see hanging on the door of every horse’s stall.  One is an information paper, under plastic, that gives information about that particular […]

Regularly Irregular

Sammy was a pretty gray mare.   Pretty to look at, and pretty darn smart.  I was on the farm that day to vaccinate everyone, and when she was brought out […]

Probe

When my wife Bonnie first brought up the idea of two fruit trees for the back yard, I was in.  It seemed like a good Memorial Day weekend project.  The […]

Lower Leg Wounds

Some 20 years ago I was paged early on a Sunday morning by a client who used to live right in my town.  Her colt was cut on a front […]

Intensive Care

I was thinking about how much attention and care our horses need.   I tried to come up with the exact opposite; some living thing that would require almost no care […]

Gravel

Gravel is the unusual name for what is probably our most common cause of lameness. It would be rare for any equine vet not to be dealing with a case […]

Big Fat Legs

“Doc, stick a needle in it and let some of that fluid out, would ya?”  I spent several years working on the race track.   Every so often one of the […]

Before You Leave

A few weeks ago Janet called and left a very detailed message on our office answering machine.   Although I have changed the names and details, it went something like this:  […]

A Written Agreement

Marie owned a farm that was used as a turn out for race horses in the off season.   She called me mid morning one cold December day to come have […]

Gotta Know How to Hold ‘Em

Just yesterday I was vaccinating horses in a barn where there were four new owners, each with a recently purchased horse. These were mature horses that had no concept of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Ship-Shape

I had a very interesting conversation with a businessman the other day. He owns several rental houses. I asked him if he has tenant problems. He said that this is […]

Respect

I love to hang over the fence and watch brood mares with their foals in the spring. It’s fun to see the interaction among the youngsters as they play. I […]

Looking and Seeing

Last week I was on my way to an evening church activity with a friend. The roads were icy, and he drove slowly. We noticed a police cruiser facing us […]

Horse Talk – Part II

In the October issue my article was about our strong equine heritage, and how so many horse phrases have become a colorful part of our language. In the meantime, readers […]

Hay Crisis

It’s been a great summer for ducks and umbrella sales, but not so good for making hay. This year’s hay will be scarce, coarse, less leafy, and not as nutritious. […]

Fire!

Some years ago I was asked by an insurance company to identify the bodies of some horses the morning after a very bad stable fire. A few upright studs, still […]

Deep Mud

The weather patterns in this past year have brought us some intense rain fall. If you have low spots in your paddock, barnyard, or pasture, you know first hand all […]

Buttons

I’ll never forget my first solo attempt at surgery on a horse. A work horse in the next town was cut and needed suturing. I got directions to the place […]

Red Snow

I had been out of vet school just seven months. I was working in a general practice in northern New Hampshire that had hired me right out of vet school. […]

Bent Frames – Part II

In a recent article I warned against buying a used car with a bent frame. A vehicle with a bent frame will never really be right on the road. I […]

Before You Call

Something interesting happened a few weeks ago. It was early on a Saturday morning, and I was the emergency vet on duty. Within the space of 10 minutes I got […]

Bent Frames

We didn’t have a car in my family until I was 12 years old. It was a big green Buick with plenty of miles on it. She was the first […]

The Disappearing Foal

I usually write my articles to inform. If that is what you are looking for, you can stop reading right here, as you won’t learn a thing from this one. […]

Veterinary Medicine as a Career

Several times a year every veterinarian I know is approached by a client who says, “My daughter/son is incredible with animals and wants to be a vet. What do you […]

Tradition

We have one of those big coffee table art books at home. Its colored pages show vases, statues, and pictures through the ages. If you are at all interested in […]

There Comes a Time

Red turned 28 in the spring. For the past ten years the Bensons called him “Old Red.” If we can judge such things, Red had a good life. All the […]

The Code

Until her retirement my wife Bonnie was a second grade teacher. She had classes of up to 33 kids. Somehow, single handedly she managed to keep reasonable order for six […]

Changes in Deworming Horses

In my senior year at vet school we were told that 90% of all that we were being taught would be outdated within 10 years. I didn’t believe it, but […]

Health Problems at Horse Shows

“Warning: This show may be hazardous to your horse’s health”. If you had to pass under that sign on your way into a show, would it make you stop and […]

ADR

ADR. It’s a term used by veterinarians to describe a horse that isn’t really sick, but isn’t really well, either. The initials stand for “Ain’t Doin’ Right”. We use ADR […]

Raw Exposure

A few years back I arrived at a farm to geld a colt. One of the owner’s children and another from the neighborhood were hanging around, obviously curious. I guess […]

Winter Skinny

It’s a deep, cold winter. I’m in your barn to check out one of your horses for one reason or another. I like to run my hands over every part […]

Learn from the Pupil

It’s always scary. You walk into the barn and right away sense that something is wrong. The horse that is usually at his door is way back in the stall. […]

How Old?

A few years back my wife and I were on a flight and noticed a young girl sitting across the aisle. She was very chatty and had an incredible smile. […]

Ugly Pogo

For many years (decades) there was a daily newspaper cartoon about Pogo, an opossum, (sometimes just called possum) that lived in the Okefenokee Swamp. He hung out a lot with […]

Vitamin E & Selenium

This article is about a vitamin (E) and a mineral (Selenium). In equine medicine the two things are usually talked about together because in combination they can really help performance […]

Wonder Drug?

Banamine (generic name Flunixin Meglumide) became a veterinary drug about 30 years ago. Since then, just in our practice alone, many thousands of doses have been administered or dispensed. What’s […]

Three Barriers

  Every year I can count on a half dozen calls from clients whose horses have got into the grain when no one was in the barn. You may come […]

Blood Loss in Horses

Equine veterinarians are always getting calls about horses with cuts. Often the owner is very concerned over the amount of blood that may have been lost. It takes very little […]

Equine Herpes Virus Myeloenceophalopathy (EHV 1)

Equine Herpesvirus, Type 1 (EHV-1) is a virus that causes rhinopneumonitis and equine abortions.  Rhino is a viral “cold” horses catch from other horses.  Horses at risk are those that […]

Lyme Disease in Horses

Used to be when I had an itch somewhere, I would scratch and forget it. Now I always check my itchy spots because I know I might see a tick. […]

The Mountain Behind the Barn

  Horse manure.  You’ve shoveled, forked, lifted, pushed and pulled your share of it. You might not want to read about it, but the condition of that manure can be […]

Horse Poor

  Just this morning I visited a farm where the owners told me that they were considering stopping their rescue operation. Increasing expenses have made it hard for them to […]

The Cooker

  One of the many, many amazing things about the body is how it maintains a very narrow temperature range so that all the body systems function optimally. In people […]

A Great Time to Buy

Money wise, there hasn’t been a better time to buy a horse for years. The same could be said about buying investment stocks.   Both are true.  In the case of […]

A Plea

Awhile back I had an appointment at a barn to take a Coggins test on a mare.  Prior arrangements had been made with the owner for us to meet during […]

Spring Vaccination Protocol

As spring approaches (we can dare to hope, right?) so, too, approaches the time for your horse’s annual vaccines.  Following a protocol of regular vaccination will help protect your horse […]

The Maine Farm Bureau

The benefits of becoming a member

Horse Management: Tips and Tricks

Slippery

Sandra moved to Maine four years ago with her two horses. On my first visit to her farm she told me that her older gelding, Benny, had a history of […]

The Squirts

It happened again today. It was one of those “while you’re here” conversations we all have with our health providers. In this case it was Andrea asking about her aged […]

You Can’t Miss It

Our veterinary practice shares emergency calls with four other practices. This means that when an urgent call comes in when I am on duty, I often don’t know the person […]

What Your Vet Would Like You To Know

My equine practice is 95% ambulatory. That word in vet medicine means, ‘we come to you’. This article is drawn from my experience as a farm call vet. I am […]

The Life and Times of Tapeworms

Lynda McCann is the owner and editor of this publication. She recently emailed me about a warmblood gelding that she has owned for two years. During that time Davey had […]

Super Fly

It was a hot day in early June. I was in the paddock behind the barn at Mary’s farm. She had asked me to check “Doc”, a Quarter Horse with […]

The Trouble with Breeds

Over 25 years ago I got a call from Richard, a Quarter horse breeder, who had just moved to a farm a few miles from my place. He had come […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Could Happen Here

I grew up in a suburb of New York City.   The houses on our street stood next to each other on 60 x 100 foot lots. Next door to us […]

They Are What They Eat

It was getting towards noon, and three cups of coffee that morning had me on the lookout for relief. The problem was that I heading south on the Maine Turnpike […]

Liniments

I’m betting that you probably have at least one bottle of liniment in your tack trunk. That’s good. Liniments are one aid to keeping horses sound.   However, they can do […]

I should have . . .

Christmas surprised me again this year, and I found myself saying once more, “I should have done my shopping earlier.”  This article is a small collection of regrets that I […]

Horse Journaling

It was my first visit to Barbara’s barn. I had just finished a routine physical exam and vaccinations on her 12 year old mare, Ginger. I asked Barbara if she […]

Hopeless Fractures

Would you consider skiing down a mountain knowing that if you broke your leg that would be the end of you?   Me either.   Hundreds of skiers suffer fractured legs every […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Makes Them Special – Part II

I am told that kids as young as 2 years can look at a horse and know that it’s not a cow. Just a glance and our brain takes in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Roads

Every time I am out west, I am surprised by the roads. They go ruler straight for miles! It’s nothing like our roads in northern New England. We have all […]

The Guardian

Every night before turning in I do barn check. By the time I get there my donkeys have almost always “put themselves to bed” by coming into their shared stall […]

The Decision

The call came in mid-morning. Gail was distraught. “It’s Ben, He’s bad. Real bad! Can you get here right away? I’m real worried about him. He’s down and thrashing.” I […]

Stall Accidents

Every so often you will hear about horses running back into their burning barn. Why is that? It’s because they are scared and confused and headed back towards ultimate safety, […]

Stable Air

It was a mid-November day when her call came in. The owner of a stable that I had never been to wanted me to check out a horse with a […]

Blocking Out

Most lameness can be diagnosed by using our senses. If we are watching from the ground, our eyes tell us that the horse is not moving right. If we are […]

It’s The Law

Several months ago I was asked to look at a two year old gelding who was wearing a big ugly bump on his skull.   He had banged his forehead full […]

Wheeze Rumble Roar

The noises horses make

Up the Nose

My phone rang at 10:30 PM that winter night.   In a vet’s house when the phone rings after 9:00,  you can bet it’s not a social call. I had been […]

Thoughts on Strangles

As I write this article the racetrack at Saratoga, NY has shut down their facility for 2 weeks because of an outbreak of the upper respiratory disease we call strangles.   […]

The Stall Door

There are two things that I like to see hanging on the door of every horse’s stall.  One is an information paper, under plastic, that gives information about that particular […]

Regularly Irregular

Sammy was a pretty gray mare.   Pretty to look at, and pretty darn smart.  I was on the farm that day to vaccinate everyone, and when she was brought out […]

Probe

When my wife Bonnie first brought up the idea of two fruit trees for the back yard, I was in.  It seemed like a good Memorial Day weekend project.  The […]

Lower Leg Wounds

Some 20 years ago I was paged early on a Sunday morning by a client who used to live right in my town.  Her colt was cut on a front […]

Intensive Care

I was thinking about how much attention and care our horses need.   I tried to come up with the exact opposite; some living thing that would require almost no care […]

Gravel

Gravel is the unusual name for what is probably our most common cause of lameness. It would be rare for any equine vet not to be dealing with a case […]

Big Fat Legs

“Doc, stick a needle in it and let some of that fluid out, would ya?”  I spent several years working on the race track.   Every so often one of the […]

Before You Leave

A few weeks ago Janet called and left a very detailed message on our office answering machine.   Although I have changed the names and details, it went something like this:  […]

A Written Agreement

Marie owned a farm that was used as a turn out for race horses in the off season.   She called me mid morning one cold December day to come have […]

Gotta Know How to Hold ‘Em

Just yesterday I was vaccinating horses in a barn where there were four new owners, each with a recently purchased horse. These were mature horses that had no concept of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Ship-Shape

I had a very interesting conversation with a businessman the other day. He owns several rental houses. I asked him if he has tenant problems. He said that this is […]

Respect

I love to hang over the fence and watch brood mares with their foals in the spring. It’s fun to see the interaction among the youngsters as they play. I […]

Looking and Seeing

Last week I was on my way to an evening church activity with a friend. The roads were icy, and he drove slowly. We noticed a police cruiser facing us […]

Horse Talk – Part II

In the October issue my article was about our strong equine heritage, and how so many horse phrases have become a colorful part of our language. In the meantime, readers […]

Hay Crisis

It’s been a great summer for ducks and umbrella sales, but not so good for making hay. This year’s hay will be scarce, coarse, less leafy, and not as nutritious. […]

Fire!

Some years ago I was asked by an insurance company to identify the bodies of some horses the morning after a very bad stable fire. A few upright studs, still […]

Deep Mud

The weather patterns in this past year have brought us some intense rain fall. If you have low spots in your paddock, barnyard, or pasture, you know first hand all […]

Buttons

I’ll never forget my first solo attempt at surgery on a horse. A work horse in the next town was cut and needed suturing. I got directions to the place […]

Red Snow

I had been out of vet school just seven months. I was working in a general practice in northern New Hampshire that had hired me right out of vet school. […]

Bent Frames – Part II

In a recent article I warned against buying a used car with a bent frame. A vehicle with a bent frame will never really be right on the road. I […]

Before You Call

Something interesting happened a few weeks ago. It was early on a Saturday morning, and I was the emergency vet on duty. Within the space of 10 minutes I got […]

Bent Frames

We didn’t have a car in my family until I was 12 years old. It was a big green Buick with plenty of miles on it. She was the first […]

The Disappearing Foal

I usually write my articles to inform. If that is what you are looking for, you can stop reading right here, as you won’t learn a thing from this one. […]

Veterinary Medicine as a Career

Several times a year every veterinarian I know is approached by a client who says, “My daughter/son is incredible with animals and wants to be a vet. What do you […]

Tradition

We have one of those big coffee table art books at home. Its colored pages show vases, statues, and pictures through the ages. If you are at all interested in […]

There Comes a Time

Red turned 28 in the spring. For the past ten years the Bensons called him “Old Red.” If we can judge such things, Red had a good life. All the […]

The Code

Until her retirement my wife Bonnie was a second grade teacher. She had classes of up to 33 kids. Somehow, single handedly she managed to keep reasonable order for six […]

Changes in Deworming Horses

In my senior year at vet school we were told that 90% of all that we were being taught would be outdated within 10 years. I didn’t believe it, but […]

Health Problems at Horse Shows

“Warning: This show may be hazardous to your horse’s health”. If you had to pass under that sign on your way into a show, would it make you stop and […]

ADR

ADR. It’s a term used by veterinarians to describe a horse that isn’t really sick, but isn’t really well, either. The initials stand for “Ain’t Doin’ Right”. We use ADR […]

Raw Exposure

A few years back I arrived at a farm to geld a colt. One of the owner’s children and another from the neighborhood were hanging around, obviously curious. I guess […]

Winter Skinny

It’s a deep, cold winter. I’m in your barn to check out one of your horses for one reason or another. I like to run my hands over every part […]

Learn from the Pupil

It’s always scary. You walk into the barn and right away sense that something is wrong. The horse that is usually at his door is way back in the stall. […]

How Old?

A few years back my wife and I were on a flight and noticed a young girl sitting across the aisle. She was very chatty and had an incredible smile. […]

Ugly Pogo

For many years (decades) there was a daily newspaper cartoon about Pogo, an opossum, (sometimes just called possum) that lived in the Okefenokee Swamp. He hung out a lot with […]

Vitamin E & Selenium

This article is about a vitamin (E) and a mineral (Selenium). In equine medicine the two things are usually talked about together because in combination they can really help performance […]

Wonder Drug?

Banamine (generic name Flunixin Meglumide) became a veterinary drug about 30 years ago. Since then, just in our practice alone, many thousands of doses have been administered or dispensed. What’s […]

Three Barriers

  Every year I can count on a half dozen calls from clients whose horses have got into the grain when no one was in the barn. You may come […]

Blood Loss in Horses

Equine veterinarians are always getting calls about horses with cuts. Often the owner is very concerned over the amount of blood that may have been lost. It takes very little […]

Equine Herpes Virus Myeloenceophalopathy (EHV 1)

Equine Herpesvirus, Type 1 (EHV-1) is a virus that causes rhinopneumonitis and equine abortions.  Rhino is a viral “cold” horses catch from other horses.  Horses at risk are those that […]

Lyme Disease in Horses

Used to be when I had an itch somewhere, I would scratch and forget it. Now I always check my itchy spots because I know I might see a tick. […]

The Mountain Behind the Barn

  Horse manure.  You’ve shoveled, forked, lifted, pushed and pulled your share of it. You might not want to read about it, but the condition of that manure can be […]

Horse Poor

  Just this morning I visited a farm where the owners told me that they were considering stopping their rescue operation. Increasing expenses have made it hard for them to […]

The Cooker

  One of the many, many amazing things about the body is how it maintains a very narrow temperature range so that all the body systems function optimally. In people […]

A Great Time to Buy

Money wise, there hasn’t been a better time to buy a horse for years. The same could be said about buying investment stocks.   Both are true.  In the case of […]

A Plea

Awhile back I had an appointment at a barn to take a Coggins test on a mare.  Prior arrangements had been made with the owner for us to meet during […]

Spring Vaccination Protocol

As spring approaches (we can dare to hope, right?) so, too, approaches the time for your horse’s annual vaccines.  Following a protocol of regular vaccination will help protect your horse […]

The Maine Farm Bureau

The benefits of becoming a member

General Information About Horses

Slippery

Sandra moved to Maine four years ago with her two horses. On my first visit to her farm she told me that her older gelding, Benny, had a history of […]

The Squirts

It happened again today. It was one of those “while you’re here” conversations we all have with our health providers. In this case it was Andrea asking about her aged […]

You Can’t Miss It

Our veterinary practice shares emergency calls with four other practices. This means that when an urgent call comes in when I am on duty, I often don’t know the person […]

What Your Vet Would Like You To Know

My equine practice is 95% ambulatory. That word in vet medicine means, ‘we come to you’. This article is drawn from my experience as a farm call vet. I am […]

The Life and Times of Tapeworms

Lynda McCann is the owner and editor of this publication. She recently emailed me about a warmblood gelding that she has owned for two years. During that time Davey had […]

Super Fly

It was a hot day in early June. I was in the paddock behind the barn at Mary’s farm. She had asked me to check “Doc”, a Quarter Horse with […]

The Trouble with Breeds

Over 25 years ago I got a call from Richard, a Quarter horse breeder, who had just moved to a farm a few miles from my place. He had come […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Could Happen Here

I grew up in a suburb of New York City.   The houses on our street stood next to each other on 60 x 100 foot lots. Next door to us […]

They Are What They Eat

It was getting towards noon, and three cups of coffee that morning had me on the lookout for relief. The problem was that I heading south on the Maine Turnpike […]

Liniments

I’m betting that you probably have at least one bottle of liniment in your tack trunk. That’s good. Liniments are one aid to keeping horses sound.   However, they can do […]

I should have . . .

Christmas surprised me again this year, and I found myself saying once more, “I should have done my shopping earlier.”  This article is a small collection of regrets that I […]

Horse Journaling

It was my first visit to Barbara’s barn. I had just finished a routine physical exam and vaccinations on her 12 year old mare, Ginger. I asked Barbara if she […]

Hopeless Fractures

Would you consider skiing down a mountain knowing that if you broke your leg that would be the end of you?   Me either.   Hundreds of skiers suffer fractured legs every […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Makes Them Special – Part II

I am told that kids as young as 2 years can look at a horse and know that it’s not a cow. Just a glance and our brain takes in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Roads

Every time I am out west, I am surprised by the roads. They go ruler straight for miles! It’s nothing like our roads in northern New England. We have all […]

The Guardian

Every night before turning in I do barn check. By the time I get there my donkeys have almost always “put themselves to bed” by coming into their shared stall […]

The Decision

The call came in mid-morning. Gail was distraught. “It’s Ben, He’s bad. Real bad! Can you get here right away? I’m real worried about him. He’s down and thrashing.” I […]

Stall Accidents

Every so often you will hear about horses running back into their burning barn. Why is that? It’s because they are scared and confused and headed back towards ultimate safety, […]

Stable Air

It was a mid-November day when her call came in. The owner of a stable that I had never been to wanted me to check out a horse with a […]

Blocking Out

Most lameness can be diagnosed by using our senses. If we are watching from the ground, our eyes tell us that the horse is not moving right. If we are […]

It’s The Law

Several months ago I was asked to look at a two year old gelding who was wearing a big ugly bump on his skull.   He had banged his forehead full […]

Wheeze Rumble Roar

The noises horses make

Up the Nose

My phone rang at 10:30 PM that winter night.   In a vet’s house when the phone rings after 9:00,  you can bet it’s not a social call. I had been […]

Thoughts on Strangles

As I write this article the racetrack at Saratoga, NY has shut down their facility for 2 weeks because of an outbreak of the upper respiratory disease we call strangles.   […]

The Stall Door

There are two things that I like to see hanging on the door of every horse’s stall.  One is an information paper, under plastic, that gives information about that particular […]

Regularly Irregular

Sammy was a pretty gray mare.   Pretty to look at, and pretty darn smart.  I was on the farm that day to vaccinate everyone, and when she was brought out […]

Probe

When my wife Bonnie first brought up the idea of two fruit trees for the back yard, I was in.  It seemed like a good Memorial Day weekend project.  The […]

Lower Leg Wounds

Some 20 years ago I was paged early on a Sunday morning by a client who used to live right in my town.  Her colt was cut on a front […]

Intensive Care

I was thinking about how much attention and care our horses need.   I tried to come up with the exact opposite; some living thing that would require almost no care […]

Gravel

Gravel is the unusual name for what is probably our most common cause of lameness. It would be rare for any equine vet not to be dealing with a case […]

Big Fat Legs

“Doc, stick a needle in it and let some of that fluid out, would ya?”  I spent several years working on the race track.   Every so often one of the […]

Before You Leave

A few weeks ago Janet called and left a very detailed message on our office answering machine.   Although I have changed the names and details, it went something like this:  […]

A Written Agreement

Marie owned a farm that was used as a turn out for race horses in the off season.   She called me mid morning one cold December day to come have […]

Gotta Know How to Hold ‘Em

Just yesterday I was vaccinating horses in a barn where there were four new owners, each with a recently purchased horse. These were mature horses that had no concept of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Ship-Shape

I had a very interesting conversation with a businessman the other day. He owns several rental houses. I asked him if he has tenant problems. He said that this is […]

Respect

I love to hang over the fence and watch brood mares with their foals in the spring. It’s fun to see the interaction among the youngsters as they play. I […]

Looking and Seeing

Last week I was on my way to an evening church activity with a friend. The roads were icy, and he drove slowly. We noticed a police cruiser facing us […]

Horse Talk – Part II

In the October issue my article was about our strong equine heritage, and how so many horse phrases have become a colorful part of our language. In the meantime, readers […]

Hay Crisis

It’s been a great summer for ducks and umbrella sales, but not so good for making hay. This year’s hay will be scarce, coarse, less leafy, and not as nutritious. […]

Fire!

Some years ago I was asked by an insurance company to identify the bodies of some horses the morning after a very bad stable fire. A few upright studs, still […]

Deep Mud

The weather patterns in this past year have brought us some intense rain fall. If you have low spots in your paddock, barnyard, or pasture, you know first hand all […]

Buttons

I’ll never forget my first solo attempt at surgery on a horse. A work horse in the next town was cut and needed suturing. I got directions to the place […]

Red Snow

I had been out of vet school just seven months. I was working in a general practice in northern New Hampshire that had hired me right out of vet school. […]

Bent Frames – Part II

In a recent article I warned against buying a used car with a bent frame. A vehicle with a bent frame will never really be right on the road. I […]

Before You Call

Something interesting happened a few weeks ago. It was early on a Saturday morning, and I was the emergency vet on duty. Within the space of 10 minutes I got […]

Bent Frames

We didn’t have a car in my family until I was 12 years old. It was a big green Buick with plenty of miles on it. She was the first […]

The Disappearing Foal

I usually write my articles to inform. If that is what you are looking for, you can stop reading right here, as you won’t learn a thing from this one. […]

Veterinary Medicine as a Career

Several times a year every veterinarian I know is approached by a client who says, “My daughter/son is incredible with animals and wants to be a vet. What do you […]

Tradition

We have one of those big coffee table art books at home. Its colored pages show vases, statues, and pictures through the ages. If you are at all interested in […]

There Comes a Time

Red turned 28 in the spring. For the past ten years the Bensons called him “Old Red.” If we can judge such things, Red had a good life. All the […]

The Code

Until her retirement my wife Bonnie was a second grade teacher. She had classes of up to 33 kids. Somehow, single handedly she managed to keep reasonable order for six […]

Changes in Deworming Horses

In my senior year at vet school we were told that 90% of all that we were being taught would be outdated within 10 years. I didn’t believe it, but […]

Health Problems at Horse Shows

“Warning: This show may be hazardous to your horse’s health”. If you had to pass under that sign on your way into a show, would it make you stop and […]

ADR

ADR. It’s a term used by veterinarians to describe a horse that isn’t really sick, but isn’t really well, either. The initials stand for “Ain’t Doin’ Right”. We use ADR […]

Raw Exposure

A few years back I arrived at a farm to geld a colt. One of the owner’s children and another from the neighborhood were hanging around, obviously curious. I guess […]

Winter Skinny

It’s a deep, cold winter. I’m in your barn to check out one of your horses for one reason or another. I like to run my hands over every part […]

Learn from the Pupil

It’s always scary. You walk into the barn and right away sense that something is wrong. The horse that is usually at his door is way back in the stall. […]

How Old?

A few years back my wife and I were on a flight and noticed a young girl sitting across the aisle. She was very chatty and had an incredible smile. […]

Ugly Pogo

For many years (decades) there was a daily newspaper cartoon about Pogo, an opossum, (sometimes just called possum) that lived in the Okefenokee Swamp. He hung out a lot with […]

Vitamin E & Selenium

This article is about a vitamin (E) and a mineral (Selenium). In equine medicine the two things are usually talked about together because in combination they can really help performance […]

Wonder Drug?

Banamine (generic name Flunixin Meglumide) became a veterinary drug about 30 years ago. Since then, just in our practice alone, many thousands of doses have been administered or dispensed. What’s […]

Three Barriers

  Every year I can count on a half dozen calls from clients whose horses have got into the grain when no one was in the barn. You may come […]

Blood Loss in Horses

Equine veterinarians are always getting calls about horses with cuts. Often the owner is very concerned over the amount of blood that may have been lost. It takes very little […]

Equine Herpes Virus Myeloenceophalopathy (EHV 1)

Equine Herpesvirus, Type 1 (EHV-1) is a virus that causes rhinopneumonitis and equine abortions.  Rhino is a viral “cold” horses catch from other horses.  Horses at risk are those that […]

Lyme Disease in Horses

Used to be when I had an itch somewhere, I would scratch and forget it. Now I always check my itchy spots because I know I might see a tick. […]

The Mountain Behind the Barn

  Horse manure.  You’ve shoveled, forked, lifted, pushed and pulled your share of it. You might not want to read about it, but the condition of that manure can be […]

Horse Poor

  Just this morning I visited a farm where the owners told me that they were considering stopping their rescue operation. Increasing expenses have made it hard for them to […]

The Cooker

  One of the many, many amazing things about the body is how it maintains a very narrow temperature range so that all the body systems function optimally. In people […]

A Great Time to Buy

Money wise, there hasn’t been a better time to buy a horse for years. The same could be said about buying investment stocks.   Both are true.  In the case of […]

A Plea

Awhile back I had an appointment at a barn to take a Coggins test on a mare.  Prior arrangements had been made with the owner for us to meet during […]

Spring Vaccination Protocol

As spring approaches (we can dare to hope, right?) so, too, approaches the time for your horse’s annual vaccines.  Following a protocol of regular vaccination will help protect your horse […]

The Maine Farm Bureau

The benefits of becoming a member

People and Horses: Stories from the Field

Slippery

Sandra moved to Maine four years ago with her two horses. On my first visit to her farm she told me that her older gelding, Benny, had a history of […]

The Squirts

It happened again today. It was one of those “while you’re here” conversations we all have with our health providers. In this case it was Andrea asking about her aged […]

You Can’t Miss It

Our veterinary practice shares emergency calls with four other practices. This means that when an urgent call comes in when I am on duty, I often don’t know the person […]

What Your Vet Would Like You To Know

My equine practice is 95% ambulatory. That word in vet medicine means, ‘we come to you’. This article is drawn from my experience as a farm call vet. I am […]

The Life and Times of Tapeworms

Lynda McCann is the owner and editor of this publication. She recently emailed me about a warmblood gelding that she has owned for two years. During that time Davey had […]

Super Fly

It was a hot day in early June. I was in the paddock behind the barn at Mary’s farm. She had asked me to check “Doc”, a Quarter Horse with […]

The Trouble with Breeds

Over 25 years ago I got a call from Richard, a Quarter horse breeder, who had just moved to a farm a few miles from my place. He had come […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Could Happen Here

I grew up in a suburb of New York City.   The houses on our street stood next to each other on 60 x 100 foot lots. Next door to us […]

They Are What They Eat

It was getting towards noon, and three cups of coffee that morning had me on the lookout for relief. The problem was that I heading south on the Maine Turnpike […]

Liniments

I’m betting that you probably have at least one bottle of liniment in your tack trunk. That’s good. Liniments are one aid to keeping horses sound.   However, they can do […]

I should have . . .

Christmas surprised me again this year, and I found myself saying once more, “I should have done my shopping earlier.”  This article is a small collection of regrets that I […]

Horse Journaling

It was my first visit to Barbara’s barn. I had just finished a routine physical exam and vaccinations on her 12 year old mare, Ginger. I asked Barbara if she […]

Hopeless Fractures

Would you consider skiing down a mountain knowing that if you broke your leg that would be the end of you?   Me either.   Hundreds of skiers suffer fractured legs every […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Makes Them Special – Part II

I am told that kids as young as 2 years can look at a horse and know that it’s not a cow. Just a glance and our brain takes in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Roads

Every time I am out west, I am surprised by the roads. They go ruler straight for miles! It’s nothing like our roads in northern New England. We have all […]

The Guardian

Every night before turning in I do barn check. By the time I get there my donkeys have almost always “put themselves to bed” by coming into their shared stall […]

The Decision

The call came in mid-morning. Gail was distraught. “It’s Ben, He’s bad. Real bad! Can you get here right away? I’m real worried about him. He’s down and thrashing.” I […]

Stall Accidents

Every so often you will hear about horses running back into their burning barn. Why is that? It’s because they are scared and confused and headed back towards ultimate safety, […]

Stable Air

It was a mid-November day when her call came in. The owner of a stable that I had never been to wanted me to check out a horse with a […]

Blocking Out

Most lameness can be diagnosed by using our senses. If we are watching from the ground, our eyes tell us that the horse is not moving right. If we are […]

It’s The Law

Several months ago I was asked to look at a two year old gelding who was wearing a big ugly bump on his skull.   He had banged his forehead full […]

Wheeze Rumble Roar

The noises horses make

Up the Nose

My phone rang at 10:30 PM that winter night.   In a vet’s house when the phone rings after 9:00,  you can bet it’s not a social call. I had been […]

Thoughts on Strangles

As I write this article the racetrack at Saratoga, NY has shut down their facility for 2 weeks because of an outbreak of the upper respiratory disease we call strangles.   […]

The Stall Door

There are two things that I like to see hanging on the door of every horse’s stall.  One is an information paper, under plastic, that gives information about that particular […]

Regularly Irregular

Sammy was a pretty gray mare.   Pretty to look at, and pretty darn smart.  I was on the farm that day to vaccinate everyone, and when she was brought out […]

Probe

When my wife Bonnie first brought up the idea of two fruit trees for the back yard, I was in.  It seemed like a good Memorial Day weekend project.  The […]

Lower Leg Wounds

Some 20 years ago I was paged early on a Sunday morning by a client who used to live right in my town.  Her colt was cut on a front […]

Intensive Care

I was thinking about how much attention and care our horses need.   I tried to come up with the exact opposite; some living thing that would require almost no care […]

Gravel

Gravel is the unusual name for what is probably our most common cause of lameness. It would be rare for any equine vet not to be dealing with a case […]

Big Fat Legs

“Doc, stick a needle in it and let some of that fluid out, would ya?”  I spent several years working on the race track.   Every so often one of the […]

Before You Leave

A few weeks ago Janet called and left a very detailed message on our office answering machine.   Although I have changed the names and details, it went something like this:  […]

A Written Agreement

Marie owned a farm that was used as a turn out for race horses in the off season.   She called me mid morning one cold December day to come have […]

Gotta Know How to Hold ‘Em

Just yesterday I was vaccinating horses in a barn where there were four new owners, each with a recently purchased horse. These were mature horses that had no concept of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Ship-Shape

I had a very interesting conversation with a businessman the other day. He owns several rental houses. I asked him if he has tenant problems. He said that this is […]

Respect

I love to hang over the fence and watch brood mares with their foals in the spring. It’s fun to see the interaction among the youngsters as they play. I […]

Looking and Seeing

Last week I was on my way to an evening church activity with a friend. The roads were icy, and he drove slowly. We noticed a police cruiser facing us […]

Horse Talk – Part II

In the October issue my article was about our strong equine heritage, and how so many horse phrases have become a colorful part of our language. In the meantime, readers […]

Hay Crisis

It’s been a great summer for ducks and umbrella sales, but not so good for making hay. This year’s hay will be scarce, coarse, less leafy, and not as nutritious. […]

Fire!

Some years ago I was asked by an insurance company to identify the bodies of some horses the morning after a very bad stable fire. A few upright studs, still […]

Deep Mud

The weather patterns in this past year have brought us some intense rain fall. If you have low spots in your paddock, barnyard, or pasture, you know first hand all […]

Buttons

I’ll never forget my first solo attempt at surgery on a horse. A work horse in the next town was cut and needed suturing. I got directions to the place […]

Red Snow

I had been out of vet school just seven months. I was working in a general practice in northern New Hampshire that had hired me right out of vet school. […]

Bent Frames – Part II

In a recent article I warned against buying a used car with a bent frame. A vehicle with a bent frame will never really be right on the road. I […]

Before You Call

Something interesting happened a few weeks ago. It was early on a Saturday morning, and I was the emergency vet on duty. Within the space of 10 minutes I got […]

Bent Frames

We didn’t have a car in my family until I was 12 years old. It was a big green Buick with plenty of miles on it. She was the first […]

The Disappearing Foal

I usually write my articles to inform. If that is what you are looking for, you can stop reading right here, as you won’t learn a thing from this one. […]

Veterinary Medicine as a Career

Several times a year every veterinarian I know is approached by a client who says, “My daughter/son is incredible with animals and wants to be a vet. What do you […]

Tradition

We have one of those big coffee table art books at home. Its colored pages show vases, statues, and pictures through the ages. If you are at all interested in […]

There Comes a Time

Red turned 28 in the spring. For the past ten years the Bensons called him “Old Red.” If we can judge such things, Red had a good life. All the […]

The Code

Until her retirement my wife Bonnie was a second grade teacher. She had classes of up to 33 kids. Somehow, single handedly she managed to keep reasonable order for six […]

Changes in Deworming Horses

In my senior year at vet school we were told that 90% of all that we were being taught would be outdated within 10 years. I didn’t believe it, but […]

Health Problems at Horse Shows

“Warning: This show may be hazardous to your horse’s health”. If you had to pass under that sign on your way into a show, would it make you stop and […]

ADR

ADR. It’s a term used by veterinarians to describe a horse that isn’t really sick, but isn’t really well, either. The initials stand for “Ain’t Doin’ Right”. We use ADR […]

Raw Exposure

A few years back I arrived at a farm to geld a colt. One of the owner’s children and another from the neighborhood were hanging around, obviously curious. I guess […]

Winter Skinny

It’s a deep, cold winter. I’m in your barn to check out one of your horses for one reason or another. I like to run my hands over every part […]

Learn from the Pupil

It’s always scary. You walk into the barn and right away sense that something is wrong. The horse that is usually at his door is way back in the stall. […]

How Old?

A few years back my wife and I were on a flight and noticed a young girl sitting across the aisle. She was very chatty and had an incredible smile. […]

Ugly Pogo

For many years (decades) there was a daily newspaper cartoon about Pogo, an opossum, (sometimes just called possum) that lived in the Okefenokee Swamp. He hung out a lot with […]

Vitamin E & Selenium

This article is about a vitamin (E) and a mineral (Selenium). In equine medicine the two things are usually talked about together because in combination they can really help performance […]

Wonder Drug?

Banamine (generic name Flunixin Meglumide) became a veterinary drug about 30 years ago. Since then, just in our practice alone, many thousands of doses have been administered or dispensed. What’s […]

Three Barriers

  Every year I can count on a half dozen calls from clients whose horses have got into the grain when no one was in the barn. You may come […]

Blood Loss in Horses

Equine veterinarians are always getting calls about horses with cuts. Often the owner is very concerned over the amount of blood that may have been lost. It takes very little […]

Equine Herpes Virus Myeloenceophalopathy (EHV 1)

Equine Herpesvirus, Type 1 (EHV-1) is a virus that causes rhinopneumonitis and equine abortions.  Rhino is a viral “cold” horses catch from other horses.  Horses at risk are those that […]

Lyme Disease in Horses

Used to be when I had an itch somewhere, I would scratch and forget it. Now I always check my itchy spots because I know I might see a tick. […]

The Mountain Behind the Barn

  Horse manure.  You’ve shoveled, forked, lifted, pushed and pulled your share of it. You might not want to read about it, but the condition of that manure can be […]

Horse Poor

  Just this morning I visited a farm where the owners told me that they were considering stopping their rescue operation. Increasing expenses have made it hard for them to […]

The Cooker

  One of the many, many amazing things about the body is how it maintains a very narrow temperature range so that all the body systems function optimally. In people […]

A Great Time to Buy

Money wise, there hasn’t been a better time to buy a horse for years. The same could be said about buying investment stocks.   Both are true.  In the case of […]

A Plea

Awhile back I had an appointment at a barn to take a Coggins test on a mare.  Prior arrangements had been made with the owner for us to meet during […]

Spring Vaccination Protocol

As spring approaches (we can dare to hope, right?) so, too, approaches the time for your horse’s annual vaccines.  Following a protocol of regular vaccination will help protect your horse […]

The Maine Farm Bureau

The benefits of becoming a member