A Good Biosecurity Program

 A good biosecurity program is important to protect your horse from disease. The following are some protocols you can implement to keep your horse safe. Talk to your veterinarian about biosecurity on the farm, and ensure you have a plan set up for emergencies. When Traveling: – Ensure your horse is up to date on […]

AAEP’s 10 Tips For Caring For The Older Horse

10 Tips for Caring for the Older Horse   Advances in nutrition, management and health care are helping, horses are living longer, more useful lives. It’s not uncommon to find horses and ponies living well into their 20s and 30s. While genetics play a role in determining life span, you too, can have an impact. […]

Five Steps To Prevent Tendon Injuries In Your Horse

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 […]

Equine Shockwave: What Is It & What Does It Do?

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 […]

Equine Placentitis

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 […]

Dr. Marcos Santos

Second Chance For Horse With Severe Laminitis

Clara Louise had been battling chronic laminitis for months, but suddenly things went from bad to worse. At 13 years old, the TB/Welsh cross mare was now so severely lame that she was reluctant to move. She had been on medical treatment for the chronic laminitis, including Prascend® to treat her Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction […]

Equine Stem Cell Injection: Step By Step

“Autologous mesenchymal stem cells” are derived from your horse’s bone marrow, which we will have collected 2-4 weeks prior (see “Collecting bone marrow for stem cell therapy”). Stem cells occur naturally in the body and have the unique capacity to renew themselves and be programmed into specialized cell types, allowing an injured horse to naturally […]

What Your Vet Team Wants You To Know Before Euthanizing Your Horse

Recently, an excellent article was published by Dr. Andy Roark; “5 Things this Tech Wishes You Knew Before Euthanizing” that provides helpful information about how a pet owner can ease the experience for themselves and their pets when the dreaded day comes to say goodbye. I highly recommend checking out the article. Working on horses […]

Profiling Newly Inducted AAEP President Dr. Reynolds Cowles

Blue Ridge Equine Clinic is proud to share Dr. Reynolds Cowles’ profile, published in this month’s Equine Veterinary Education magazine. We wish you the best as President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and know your leadership will be as valued there as it’s always been here at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic.

Ristocrat and April Shultz

Ristocrat’s Return: Making The Most Of Time Off

There it was, the news that horse owners dread to hear: the young, beautiful, talented warmblood that she bred had a suspensory tear. All the momentum of his promising career in dressage seemed to have ground to a halt, and now a new goal loomed. Roberta Falk was determined to pursue the best course of treatment […]

FEI Updates On Prohibited Substances

The FEI Veterinary Department would like to update you with some notes on Prohibited Substances. The FEI has recently seen a substantial increase in the number of positive cases of medroxyprogesterone acetate and triamcinolone acetonide. We would like veterinarians to take the following information into consideration when treating horses and advising clients.   1.    Medroxyprogesterone […]

Blue Ridge Equine Clinic Is Going Solar

We are excited to announce that Blue Ridge Equine Clinic has partnered up with Sigora Solar to install solar (photovoltaic) panels at the clinic in Earlysville. The system is scheduled to be installed starting December 13th and should be finished by December 15th. This just happens to coincide with our holiday open house on December […]