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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Thinking about breeding your mare this year?

Cute fuzzy foals, a future champion from your favorite mare….these are the images that make many of us consider breeding our favorite mare from time to time. It’s a big decision and we are here to help you every step of the way. Once you breed your mare, what are the next steps? Dr. Julia Hecking has put together […]

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Wound Healing, Risks and Benefits of an Equine Foot Cast

In certain cases a cast can be extremely beneficial in wound healing. This case is an example of a wound that benefitted from a cast. This horse got her foot stuck in some fencing and avulsed (tore off) part of her hoof wall along with doing a lot of tissue damage to the pastern area. […]

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Diagnosing Lameness in Horses: New Tool for Blue Ridge Equine Clinic

Blue Ridge Equine Clinic is excited to announce that it has recently purchased a new piece of equipment that can help us more accurately diagnose subtle lameness and performance problems. The Lameness Locator is a handheld computer system that helps veterinarians objectively identify lameness using noninvasive inertial sensors.  Motion sensors are placed on the horse’s […]

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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 […]

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Osphos and Tildren are Now FDA Approved and Available in the U.S.

Tildren and Osphos are now FDA approved and available in the US.  Previously Tildren was available in the US, but because it was not FDA approved or manufactured in the US it had to be shipped in from France, requiring quite a lot of paperwork.  Both drugs belong to a group of drugs called bisphosphonates […]

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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 […]

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Potomac Horse Fever – Can You Limit Your Horse’s Exposure?

Potomac Horse Fever or PHF is a rickettsial disease caused by the organism Neorickettsia risticii.  There have been about 10 confirmed cases of the disease between Richmond and the Shenandoah Valley this spring. The disease is often (but not always) seen in horses that live near water because part of the life cycle of the […]

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