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Never Never Land

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

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Let the Body Heal

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

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High Tech Talk

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

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Put Away That Chain Saw

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

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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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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 more harm than good if used at the wrong time. In order to use liniments wisely, you have to understand…

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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 have heard from people in our horse community.  Perhaps the new year is a good time to get some stuff…

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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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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 year in the US, and within 6 months most are walking without a limp.   Yet we have all heard about…

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