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 […]

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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 […]

Collecting Equine Bone Marrow For Stem Cell Therapy

Bone Marrow Harvest Procedure: Bone marrow harvests are typically an “outpatient procedure” meaning you can haul your horse in to the clinic, have the harvest performed and take your horse back home within the same afternoon.  You should plan to be at the clinic for about two hours (a bit less or more depending on […]

Gastric Ulcers In Horses

Does your horse have stomach ulcers? Is he crabby, girthy, or bucking after fences? Has he been colicking, losing weight, or refusing to eat his grain? Maybe his haircoat is poor, or he has lost impulsion. Or perhaps, he appears to be in perfect health. Any and all of these issues can be due to […]

Regenerative Medicine At Blue Ridge Equine Clinic

  We offer multiple regenerative medicine products to help your horse heal better. Please contact your veterinarian for pricing and to discuss which product is best for your horse. Autologous Conditioned Serum: IRAP II (Arthrex, Inc)   IRAP stands for Interleukin 1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IL-1Ra). Interleukin 1 (IL-1) is the major cause of inflammation in […]

Acupuncture To Treat Nerve Damage: How Caddie Got Back On His Feet

The practice of veterinary acupuncture is rooted in the tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the principles of neuro-humoral responses as explained by modern Western Medicine. Acupuncture is most commonly used for relief of musculoskeletal and neurologic pain, reducing anxiety, and improving the function of damaged nerves. Electroacupuncture is a technique that transmits low levels […]

Notice Of Intravenous (IV) Fluids Supply Challenges

At Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, our goal is to always provide the best quality equine veterinary care for our patients and their owners. We strive to do so at a reasonable cost and as such, want to make you aware of an industry wide increase in the cost of fluids. As availability of intravenous (IV) […]

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 […]

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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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. […]

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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 […]

Overview Of PPID (Equine Cushing’s Disease)

Thank you to Boehringer-Ingelheim for this Update on PPID (Equine Cushing’s Disease) for Horse Owners   FIRST, WHAT IS PPID? Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), also known as Equine Cushing’s Disease, is the most common endocrine disorder in horses. An estimated 21% of horses and ponies over the age of 15 are affected by this […]

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