Pasture management: Now is the time to have your soil tested and possibly apply the appropriate products, such as lime. Fall preventative Health Care: It’s time for Fall Vaccinations and Dentistry Body condition/weight gain: If your horse is on the thin side, please call to discuss. Do not wait until winter to try to […]
About Dr. Jennifer LaPlume, VMD
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Entries by Dr. Jennifer LaPlume, VMD
Eye problems are more prevalent through the summer and fall. It is important to be aware that any eye problem should be considered serious and addressed in a timely manner. Certain eye conditions can progress quite rapidly (within 24 hours), becoming so serious that the horse will need to have the eye removed or will […]
WHOA! Consider these issues before you do your own vaccinations! The benefits of having a veterinarian perform your horse’s vaccinations are numerous! Here are just a few: 1. Creates a Valid Veterinary-client-patient-relationship. This means you have an agreement with your veterinarian who knows you and your horse, allowing them to treat, advise and dispense medications […]
Ulcers are a man-made disease, affecting up to 90 percent of racehorses and 60 percent of show horses. Stall confinement alone can lead to the development of ulcers. A horse’s feeding schedule also can be a factor. When horses are fed just twice a day, the stomach is subjected to a prolonged period without feed […]
Choke is a common term for esophageal obstruction. The esophagus is the tube that runs from the throat to the stomach. If a horse does not chew and soften their food properly, food can become lodged in this tube, causing a blockage. This disorder is called “choke”, as the horse can look as if they […]
Most horse owners have certain medications/supplies they won’t be caught without. Following is a suggested list to cover most needs until the veterinarian arrives. This would make a great gift for a new horse owner! Equipment: Stethoscope Thermometer Watch Flash light Bandage Scissors Dose syringe Spare halter and lead Bandaging supplies: Pack of gauze square […]
Continue turnout unless it is very icy. In deep snow, older horses or horses with lameness or neurologic issues may need to be kept in, or have limited turnout. -Try to provide a water source that is warmed and convenient for them to reach. If not warmed, REMOVE ice from troughs and buckets at […]
Many people go away in the summer. Please take the time to prepare your horse sitter. Your sitter should be willing and able to care for your horses in your absence. Ideally, your sitter should check on the horses in the morning and evening. Before you leave, have your sitter come over during a feeding […]
Muzzles are very helpful in keeping ponies and horses at a healthy weight. Please make sure you are using them safely! * Always use muzzles with some type of safety release in case the muzzle gets caught. Use a muzzle with a quick release built in or attach the muzzle to a leather halter or […]
* Make sure your horse has access to plenty of clean water. You should check troughs and streams daily. Salt blocks should also be available at all times. * Horses in work should have electrolytes added to their feed daily. Use the type without sugar (sucrose/dextrose). * Ride during the coolest part of the day […]
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