All posts in Relationships: You, Your Horse, and Your Vet

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 at every public stable. The word inherent means that horses are, by their nature, potentially dangerous. The person who hangs…

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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 these hills, lakes, streams, huge granite boulders and other things in the way of road builders. Any road around here…

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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 told Gail I would be there within the hour. I thought about Ben as I drove to her farm. The…

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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 pages from two horse owners with horses that “weren’t right.” Both farms are about an hour’s drive from me, and…

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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 children learned to ride on him. When family stuff would get intense, Red could expect a visit to his stall…

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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 the noon hour.  It was a beautiful fall day, and I was enjoying Cumberland County as I drove toward the…

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