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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 belly aches. I asked what he was getting to eat. She said he gets about ¾ of a bale of…

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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 warm blood gelding, Whiz. “The other thing, if you have time. It’s not a big deal, but it’s annoying to…

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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 an allergy problem. She was holding a lead that was snapped onto Doc’s halter. Mary has competed Doc for years.…

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That Bottle of Pills

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

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Solitary

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

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Safe and Effective Fencing

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

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