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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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Put Away That Chain Saw

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

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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, their own stall. What a shame that not all stalls are safe. Whenever I am asked to look at the…

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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 found soon and released. If he pulls and jerks long enough the damage that is done may be irreparable and…

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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 many things for which our equine companions rely on us. Before winter arrives take a look around your pasture…

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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 smoking and charred were all that was left of the structure. Here and there on the still hot concrete floor…

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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 about deep mud. It doesn’t take long before the action of a horse’s feet makes wet ground into a six…

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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 think about going in? As a veterinarian I see the same problems every year that are directly related to horse…

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