Placenta Retention can be Life-threatening

Most of us, as horse owners, try to be present at the birth of our foals. All too often, however, we arrive after the little one is here. We arrive to find the little guy nursing while the placenta is still dangling about the mare's hocks. The last stage of parturition is the passing of the placenta. It is very important to monitor this stage closely, as any complication here may also be life-threatening to the mare.

Sarcoids

Dear Dr. Lowder: My 14 year-old bay Arabian gelding has a sarcoid about the size of a quarter on the left side of his neck. The veterinarian examined it and suggested either cryosurgery, injections or just leaving it alone. I've heard that even after aggressive treatment, they often return.

The National Sporting Library

My most salient memory of the National Sporting Library in Middleburg, Virginia is of the bronze sculpture of a war-weary Civil War horse in the Library's courtyard. This is not the customary type of equestrian statue, with the horse depicted as powerful and imposing but purposely shows an animal that is exhausted, half-starved and standing with a back hoof bent, the reason being that the sculpture honors the 1,500,000 horses and mules that lost their lives in the Civil War. The sculpture, by...

Value, Fit, Fit and Fit

Did you pay too much for your saddle? Or did you get a bargain? Only you can answer; but maybe you don't want to know. Ignorance is bliss so they say, and in this instance, it may be best to simply enjoy a state of blissfulness. What might be more important than having gotten a bargain or having paid too much in the past, is how best to shop for your next saddle.