Farrier – Owner Relationships

When you find a good farrier, do whatever it takes to keep him or her happy. Farriers, sometimes called blacksmiths, have one of the most challenging and difficult jobs in the equine industry. They constantly deal with difficult owners and horses. It is a very competitive business, so they have to work hard to maintain […]

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest in Purchase Exams

At the recent American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention in Nashville, several questions regarding potential conflicts of interest when conducting a purchase exam were posed to the Professional Conduct and Ethics Committee, which I chair. I hope a summary of the discussion will be useful to both buyers and sellers, and shed some insight […]

Equine Enteric Coronavirus – A Newly Emerging Disease Of Horses

Cornell University’s School of Veterinary Medicine has provided current information on Equine Enteric Coronavirus, a newly emerging disease most often found in the Northeast during colder seasons.  Good information to keep in mind as you monitor your horse’s health this winter. As always, please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns about […]

Lucky horses at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

Choking In Horses

It can be a very scary thing when a horse chokes, but if you know what to do when it happens, it can make the problem resolve faster with fewer complications.  A horse chokes when grain, hay, or other substances get lodged in the esophagus and will not pass. The esophagus is a muscular tube […]

Would You Recognize Botulism If You Saw It?

Most of us have probably heard that your horse should have a botulism vaccine if you feed round bales, but if you’re like me, you may have never actually seen or known a horse with the disease.  Just recently, we did have a patient with a confirmed diagnosis of botulism and we hope it will be […]

TRF At Montpelier Farm – Great Resource For OTTBs

We are fortunate to have The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Montpelier Farm, a haven for OTTBs in need of a new home, fresh start and/or rehabilitation, practically in our backyard. Under Kim Wilkins’ management, the lucky horses who end up at Montpelier Farm find a beautiful, sprawling sanctuary where they will get the love and care […]

Dentistry Considerations For Horse Owners

Dr. Donovan Dagner, partner at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, gave a presentation on Equine Dental Care last night at our Client Education Seminar at The Elks Lodge in Charlottesville.  If you missed it, here is the link to his Power Point presentation:  DentalCarerevised2011[1]logo (takes several seconds to download). From wolf teeth removal to routine floats to […]

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Vaccinations: Common Response Or Cause For Concern?

What to Expect When Vaccinating Horses:  Common Response or Cause for Concern? We know you love your horse and understand that vaccinations can help protect it from life-threatening diseases. But vaccines can come with side effects due to the immune stimulation they have to create. Most of these effects are mild and transient, but it’s […]

Dr. Tabby Moore

Equine Imaging – Dr. Tabby Moore

On April 24 at our Client Education seminar at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Dr. Tabby Moore educated us about Equine Imaging Technology, its uses, advantages and limitations.  She covered radiography, ultrasonography, scintigraphy (bone scan) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), explaining the various modalities that can be confusing for horse owners. Equine Radiography – An x-ray […]

Dr. Steven Trostle Receives Diplomate Designation From The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Blue Ridge Equine Clinic congratulates Dr. Steve Trostle, DVM, ACVS for passing both the general and equine sections of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) exam.  Dr. Trostle is a board-certified equine surgeon at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, and is now board-certified in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation as well. The American College […]

Equine Hay Analysis – Critical For Equine Nutrition

We were fortunate to have Krishona Martinson, PhD from the University of Minnesota speak at our Client Education Meeting on April 24, 2013 at the Virginia Horse Center, courtesy of our meeting sponsor, Nutrena Feeds.  Krishona covered: * Forage analysis            * Moisture content       * What’s in the hay (species) * Hay maturity                * Touch and smell         * […]

Equine Parasite Resistance

Gastrointestinal parasite resistance is an emerging problem in horses. For decades we have seen the development of resistance to dewormers in small strongyles (cyanthostomes). Results of a multistate study showed 97.7% of farms had small strongyles with resistance to fenbendazole and 40.5% had resistance to pyrantel (Kaplan 2004). Resistance to other types of dewormers has […]