Scratches

By Justin High, DVM

Horses are wonderful creatures with an innate sense of beauty that is unlike any other in the animal world. So, when a group of single-celled organisms, like bacteria or a fungus, gets the upper hand on them, it doesn’t seem quite right. Pastern dermatitis is an excellent example of this, and one we all face eventually.

Team Work

By Anna Mitchell

Few athletes can say they reached the top on their own. Even "individual" sports usually require a team to get the job done. After all, it takes an army to win a war. Problems with your team can add a lot of stress and distractions, making it difficult to focus on your performance.

A Move for Prevention

[caption id="attachment_38175" align="alignleft" width="200"]Patrick Young, DVM[/caption]Dr. Patrick YoungA performance horse, much like a sports car, is a fine-tuned machine that runs, stops and quickly turns on a dime. When that sleek machine turns sluggish and infirm, the owner calls in a mechanic like Patrick Young, DVM.

Young’s practice, in Washington, Okla., focuses on treating lameness and illness in performance horses. A 1998 graduate of the Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine, Young is an avid horseman and understands the importance of a healthy horse.

During the summer of 2011, the veterinarian saw a rapid increase in the number of cases of pigeon fever reflected in a growing concern across the nation. For the health of his equine clients, Young began to research, test and develop a vaccine for pigeon fever.

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The Broodmare’s Last Trimester

By Justin High, DVM

The New Year brings new expectations for what will be produced from last year's breeding season. After coasting through the last few months of your mare's pregnancy with no problems, we are all struck with the fact of how quickly foaling season is upon us.

Slave to the Habit

By Anna Mitchell

Change is an inevitable phenomenon that you cannot control. But you can often control the direction of the change by the decisions that you make. Life is about choices, but "habits" often rob us of these choices by becoming an involuntary response rather than a conscious decision.

Motivation

By Anna Mitchell

Motivation is the drive that gets us where we want to go. It helps push us through the rough patches when we would rather give up on our quest to achieve our goals, but it can be rather elusive and may escape us when we need it most.

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Getting to Know Yourself

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This week it's all about you. We are wrapping up another year and on the downhill run to 2014. What changes do you want to make next year? What frustrated you about your performance this year? What mistakes did you make? Did you make them more than once? What did you do well? Did you do it again? What could you have done differently to get a better outcome?

Go Back Before You Go Forward

By Anna Mitchell

What better time to take a step back and regain control of your life than right now? We are moving into the start of a new year. This is a great time to put last year's regrets and disappointments behind you and grab the New Year by the horns. But wait ... Before you dive off into a brand-new year, you need to take a moment to review last year. We need to go back before we go forward to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again.

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Splints

By Justin High, DVM

In the grand scheme of things, splint bones perform a useful function in horses. Whether on the front or hind limb, splint bones help form the base of support for the lowest joint in the carpus (knee) or the hock. 

Pre-performance Routines and Rituals

By Anna Mitchell

If you have been following my articles, then you will know that I place a lot of emphasis on flexibility for peak performance. I have stressed the importance of being able to adapt to changing circumstances and “roll with the punches” during a performance because rarely does everything go according to plan. So how does a pre-performance routine fit into this approach? Is that not an oxymoron?