The Challenge Of Colic Surgery On Pregnant Mares

Colic emergencies in late term mares pose an exceptional challenge to veterinarians and owners, as the diagnostic information usually obtained on a rectal examination and abdominal ultrasound are extremely limited due to the large size of the fetus. Furthermore, abdominal surgery carries significant risks to the mare and foal both at the time of surgery […]

What You Need To Know About Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy Outbreaks

Over the last several years there have been numerous outbreaks of Equine Herpes Virus (EHM) myeloencephalopathy infections in horses. Many of the outbreaks originated at shows or events where numerous horses were stabled together for a few days. The cause of the outbreaks is Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1). Usually the virus causes respiratory signs including […]

Equine Lyme Disease

Over one hundred horse owners/ enthusiasts gathered at the Virginia Horse Center on March 19 for dinner and an educational seminar sponsored by Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau and the Virginia Horse Center. We were delighted to see old friends, clients and to get acquainted with new friends from our horse community. […]

Academy Of Equine Veterinary Nursing Technicians

What is the Academy of Equine Veterinary Nursing Technicians (AEVNT)? The AEVNT is recognized as a veterinary technician specialty by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). In December 2008, the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (AAEVT) sent out an inquiry to those members interested in organizing an Academy for […]

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Why Do Horses Tie Up?

There are many names for “it”: azoturia, set fast, paralytic myoglobinuria, and chronic exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER), but most of us know “it” as tying up. It is a common muscle problem in horses with multiple causes. The most common syndromes include Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM), Recurrent Exercise Rhabdomyolysis (RER), vitamin/mineral deficiency, electrolyte imbalance, exhaustive exercise, […]

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 […]

Dr. Dagner Goes To Haiti

On February 16, I went with a team from Building Goodness Foundation to Haiti to build an incentive kay. An incentive kay is a small house that is built for a family as a reward for their efforts to restore Haiti’s habitat. Much of Haiti has suffered massive deforestation so one project trying to fix this […]

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 […]

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Foaling Season Is Almost Here!

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 […]

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 […]

The Story Of Broadmore

Broadmore is a sweet, jet black, miniature horse. On October 5th, 2010, he was referred into the hospital by David Ordel, the owner of the farm where Broadmore was boarded. He was a quiet, 7 year old gelding, who was showing signs of persistent colic. He was diagnosed with a large colon impaction colic. This […]

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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 […]