My Old Friend

So many of us have one of these among our pets, no more so than with our horses. The older horse who has been a part of someone’s life for 20+ years is a blessing and a treasure. I count myself lucky every time I get to be a part of one of these special […]

New Equine Leptospirosis Vaccine Available

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease of worldwide distribution that can cause illness in many species of mammals, including people. In horses, leptospiral infection has been associated with kidney failure, pregnancy loss, and equine recurrent uveitis, which can lead to blindness. Horses become infected with leptospirosis through contact of mucus membranes or broken skin with infected […]

Navigating Back To Normal: General Care Of Neglected Horses

Horses that have suffered from prolonged neglect have special needs that extend beyond malnutrition. Many may have health problems need to be addressed in addition to the horse’s nutritional needs. The first step in making a plan for the long term care of horse that has suffered neglect is to have a veterinarian perform a […]

Equine Pharmacy

Horse Show Drug Rules For Dummies

Whenever a horse is competing in a horse show or event, it is the owner, rider, and trainer’s responsibility to know and follow the rules or else risk fines or elimination.  Most horse shows are governed by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).  The USEF publishes a rulebook with guidelines for the use of therapeutic […]

Farrier/Veterinarian Discussion Recap

Many thanks to all who attended the seminar last night at the Clinic, especially to Dr. Scott Pleasant and Travis Burns from Virginia Tech. There was a good turnout and an excellent presentation by the Virginia Tech team. We will plan to have another one this winter. Travis Burns, the farrier from Tech, is going to […]

Muzzle Management For Your Horse

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 […]

Vaccinating Your Horse Yourself

There has been a lot of discussion lately on this topic. Most horse owners prefer to have veterinarians vaccinate their horses, but many are comfortable doing it themselves and have done so for years without any complications. This can save some money and can be more convenient for those people who have been trained to […]

Farriers And Veterinarians Collaborate At Blue Ridge Equine Clinic

Blue Ridge Equine Clinic hosted a great turnout of 25 farriers on March 19. The farrier/veterinarian discussion went on for 2 hours and touched on improving communications and understanding. It was a diverse group of farriers from the greater Charlottesville area, the Valley and Hanover county. The subject for the evening was low palmar angles […]

Equine Ophthalmology: Focus For Virginia Veterinarians On Saturday

The weather may have been dreary, but Saturday was far from dull for fifty equine veterinarians at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville. Blue Ridge Equine Clinic’s 9th Annual Equine Practitioners Seminar featured Dr. Amber Labelle, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO presenting an in-depth look at all aspects of equine ophthalmology. Dr. Labelle covered: * Eye […]

How Much Do Hock Injections Cost For A Horse?

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 […]

Equine Facial Lump Has Unusual Origin

Thanks to Equus magazine for letting us share this story. We are always happy for positive outcomes with complicated cases like this one.

JH presenting AA Alt Therapies 2014

Alternative Therapies Learning Day At Amethyst Acres

  Thank you to Deb and Mark Burke, owners of Amethyst Acres Equine Center, Inc. in Buchanan for inviting Drs. Julia Hecking and Tabby Moore to speak at their Alternative Therapies for Horses learning day on November 8.  The doctors very much enjoyed a day of learning and fellowship with horse enthusiasts from Southwest Virginia. […]