Tendon injuries can mean lengthy time off, stall rest, etc. for your horse, so all of us want to do everything possible to prevent them from occurring. Here are five steps on how to prevent them: 1. Buy a horse with the best conformation possible. We all realize that there is no perfectly conformed horse and there […]
About Dr. Julia Hecking, DVM, CVA
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Entries by Dr. Julia Hecking, DVM, CVA
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or shockwave, is a non-invasive technique using sound waves to stimulate healing in wounds, ligaments, tendons, and bony structures. It is thought to increase blood flow circulation and growth of blood vessels to the treated area. By doing this, natural healing factors are then able to get to the affected area and […]
Placentitis is an infection of the mare’s placenta, usually occurring within the last 3-4 months of gestation. It can be an extremely devastating condition for the owner both emotionally and economically, as it can be a difficult condition to treat and still may end with a nonviable fetus. The earlier this condition is identified, the […]
Cute fuzzy foals, a future champion from your favorite mare….these are the images that make many of us consider breeding our favorite mare from time to time. It’s a big decision and we are here to help you every step of the way. Once you breed your mare, what are the next steps? Dr. Julia Hecking has put together […]
In certain cases a cast can be extremely beneficial in wound healing. This case is an example of a wound that benefitted from a cast. This horse got her foot stuck in some fencing and avulsed (tore off) part of her hoof wall along with doing a lot of tissue damage to the pastern area. […]
Blue Ridge Equine Clinic is excited to announce that it has recently purchased a new piece of equipment that can help us more accurately diagnose subtle lameness and performance problems. The Lameness Locator is a handheld computer system that helps veterinarians objectively identify lameness using noninvasive inertial sensors. Motion sensors are placed on the horse’s […]
Have you ever noticed a substantial range in the cost for hock injections performed by different veterinarians? Ever wondered why that is? Not all “hock injections” are the same, so when your horse is having its hock injected, it helps to be educated on which joints are being injected and with what substance they are […]
Tildren and Osphos are now FDA approved and available in the US. Previously Tildren was available in the US, but because it was not FDA approved or manufactured in the US it had to be shipped in from France, requiring quite a lot of paperwork. Both drugs belong to a group of drugs called bisphosphonates […]
Foaling season is right around the corner. Some of us have already seen our first 2014 foal. Please remember to take your mares off fescue in their third trimester and also to get their prefoaling shots done 1 month before foaling. Also, mares that have been caslicked will need to opened up several weeks before […]
Potomac Horse Fever or PHF is a rickettsial disease caused by the organism Neorickettsia risticii. There have been about 10 confirmed cases of the disease between Richmond and the Shenandoah Valley this spring. The disease is often (but not always) seen in horses that live near water because part of the life cycle of the […]
THANKS to all of you who kept me and my horse Joe ( I'm Cotton-Eyed Joe) in your thoughts and prayers after his recent colic. Joe received EXCELLENT care and life-saving surgery from Blue Ridge Equine and Dr. Trostle. I am grateful for the experience of Dr. Trostle, the interns, the great care and frequent communication.
Thank you so much for your excellent care and compassion shown to Zack and me during our visits to the clinic over the past few months. He is such a sensitive guy, and I love him so much – you made a scary and difficult time so much easier to bear. I always know my animals are safe in your hands! I hope you all know how grateful I am.
A heartfelt thank you for the tremendous work your team performed on Sprout and Lulu. The past 2 weeks have been an education for me on the vast medical resources available at BREC. I truly realized the extent and depth of veterinary talents within your organization. I feel totally blessed knowing you are there for me and my equines.
Thank you, Anne, Dr. Hecking, Dr. Moore, and Courtney for being so helpful through this whole journey, and for being respectful and compassionate to the end. I would recommend you all highly to anyone who is in need of a professional and caring veterinary clinic.
Thank you so much, Anne, for your speedy reply and your consideration for giving me a little education in the process. This, along with the wonderful Dr. Hecking is the reason I want to be your customer! You all have a wonderful day.
Just thought you might like to see pictures of Willie and me checking out the ACTHA trail at the Horse Center. Willie and I are also back to taking dressage lessons, and hope to enter Dressage With a View at the Horse Center on June 30th! Just Intro A and B, but not too shabby for all he has been through. None of this would be possible without all of your hard work, expert care and belief in us. Thank you so much!
Blue Ridge Equine Clinic
4510 Mockernut Lane
Earlysville, VA 22936
434.973.7947 phone 434.973.7449 fax
55 Mint Spring Circle
Staunton, VA 24401
540.460.5702 phone 540.324.0220 fax