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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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Never Never Land

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

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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 and the next exit was 10 minutes away.   There is a small rest stop just below Gray that I was…

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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 had any concerns, and she replied, “Yes, there is something. Ginger occasionally gets belly aches. Why would that be?”  I…

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Porcupines and Equines

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

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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 cast on a regular basis. “Cast” in the equine world refers to a horse that is down and can’t get…

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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 persistent cough. I told Sandra to expect me at her barn the next morning. I got an early start that…

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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 horse.  The other thing is the horse’s halter, with lead attached. An incident that happened several years ago in a…

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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 of the stall I noticed her big right knee.   I asked her owner what was going on and she said,…

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