• Dietary Changes for Horses Should Always be Made Gradually

    Some species, including Homo Sapiens (That is US!) can, if the individual is healthy, tolerate sudden changes in diet without problems. But, other species, especially the herbivores (grazing animals) can suffer if the diet is changed abruptly. The...
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  • Working Horses at Too Young an Age

    When I was young, starting previously unhandled colts on summer jobs for cattle ranches in several states, the term “colt” usually referred to 4 or 5 year old horses. Occasionally, one was older, maybe 6 or 7, or, rarely a 3 year old. The...
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  • My First Impression of Fly Predators

    I opened my practice in rural California in 1958, hoping to establish a group practice. By the end of the first decade I had two practice partners, Dr. Bob Kind and Dr. Larry Dresher, both Kansas State University graduates. It was July, and I was on...
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  • A Good Time to Ride

    It is March 28, 2020. There is never a time without problems. That’s life. However, some of our primary problems are unique. Certainly the Corona Virus has created a national emergency, and our responses to that emergency are unlike those our nation...
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  • Racetrack Injuries

    Recently there has been increased interest in the injuries, including fractures that occur at our racetracks. This has agitated many people and caused some to campaign against the sport. Those who are concerned about the problem, and frankly, all persons...
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  • Feed Can Be Fatal

    During my practice career I treated countless hundreds, perhaps thousands of horses for colic (acute gastric or intestinal pain). Most survived, but many died. A majority was due to human error. The caretakers made avoidable mistakes. Similar errors...
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  • Why Many People Pick the Wrong Horse

    The largest group of horse owners in the U.S.A. ride purely for recreation. For pleasure. For the relationship with the horse. To enjoy the out of doors activity. The people involved in the competitive riding disciplines (Western, English, Dressage...
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  • The Visiting Horseman

    I heard you ring, come in my friend! I was watching TV news, The price of gold, the rioting, and politicians' views. There's been another murder, a plane crash, an earthquake, too. Come in and watch this rocket launch, It's been long since...
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  • Fred Stone

    Fred Stone, the world’s foremost painter of horses, has been a client, neighbor and friend for half a century. Fred’s paintings, mostly, but not exclusively, are of Thoroughbred racehorses. Living in a modest rural home as long as I have...
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  • More Horse Calls

    I am a compulsive reader. Always have been. I keep a book in each bathroom, next to my bed, on the dinner table, in my car, several where I watch TV (I read during commercials), and I even carry my own books or periodical journals to my doctor’s...
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  • The Importance of Hoof Care

    One of the things that I have noticed horse owners to be the most negligent about is foot care. Proper and regular care of the feet is an essential part of good horse care. Now, that does not necessarily mean shoeing. Many horses are not worked enough...
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  • The Urban Mentality

    I read, recently, that 90% of the population of the U.S.A. now lives in large cities. How different from the first half of this nation’s history, when a majority of the inhabitants lived in a rural environment, either on farms, or in small communities...
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  • “X” Used in Naming Pharmaceuticals

    Okay! I normally watch only four TV channels, two to get opposing political positions, one for its veterinary and wildlife programs, and one for its once a week reality humor. So it has been a drag for me to watch otherwise wasteful TV in order to collect...
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  • Flies Can Transmit Disease

    Transmissible Diseases, also known as Contagious Diseases, are those which are commonly spread from one infected individual to another, usually of the same species, but also frequently of another species. This occurs because of direct physical contact...
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  • My Experience With Mules

    Before 1944 my equine experience was limited to horses. This included draft horses, Morgans, and other breeds. Then, as a senior in high school I was told that the National Ski Patrol was accepting volunteers from high school seniors for the Tenth Mountain...
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  • Success with Fly Predators

    I will be forever grateful to the Spalding Labs company for their Fly Predators. I have previously described how our relationship began many years ago. It was 1978. I had read about the Predator Flies, and my practice partner, Dr. Larry Dresher, was using...
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  • Lulu, the Donkey

    Lulu was the only Donkey I have owned. She was one of my patients in a petting zoo, which was part of the facilities at a children’s summer camp in the mountains not far from my home. The petting zoo included miniature horses, pot-bellied pigs...
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  • The Unwanted Horse Problem

    The dog has been called "Man's Best Friend", and I do not dispute this. The cow has been called "The Mother of Mankind". I can accept this. But, if these things are true, then surely the horse has been "Man's Best Servant"...
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  • Fly Predator Humor

    Ever since I became a regular user of Spalding Labs’ Fly Predators, over 40 years ago, I have recommended them for fly control to my clients, my neighbors and my seminar audiences. Invariably, those who heed my advice are satisfied with the results...
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  • How to Teach Horses (or other Equines) to Enjoy Dentistry

    I have had several people ask me how I am able to teach horses or other equines, to allow dentistry (teeth “floating”) without resistance, using no means of restraint such as a twitch, or sedation or tranquilization. I will explain. You will...
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  • Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan was one of my clients before he went into politics. He owned a horse ranch just a few miles from my clinic. I only saw him twice, both times when he was riding and jumping in his arena. I never spoke to him. I dealt with his ranch manager...
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  • Rhinos in Kenya

    In 1998 I celebrated my retirement from practice by signing up for a veterinary C.E. and camera safari in Kenya. As a boy, reading the books written by naturalist and explorer Carl Akeley left me with a passion to see the wild animals of east Africa...
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  • The “Barnsour” Horse

    It is easy to understand why so many horses are “Barnsour” or “Herdbound”. They are reluctant to leave home. Going out for a ride means a slow pace. Conversely on the way home, they are in a hurry, have to be restrained, and want...
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  • Horse Wrecks to Avoid

    Because horses are flight animals, when they get involved in accidents they often worsen the situation and increase the damage that is done because of their frantic attempts to flee. Every veterinarian who does horse practice is familiar with this fact...
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  • What the Revolution in Horsemanship Means to Humans

    Isn’t it interesting how the revolution in horsemanship, which began in the late 20 th century and which is now flourishing internationally, began with the efforts of a few cowboys in the Pacific Northwest of the United States? Who would have expected...
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