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Foot care is of primary importance in equine care, and our veterinarians will perform lameness evaluations. At our clinic, we are able to offer a complete and thorough evaluation, including X-rays, to assess the source and course of treatment for this serious problem. Lameness can be caused by a variety of issues, including:
Nerve blocks and X-rays help pinpoint the area of lameness and guide us in treatment protocols and prognosis. Treatment may vary depending on diagnosis, but often includes rest, appropriate medication, and other supportive therapies. Consultation with our veterinarian is generally recommended, even for mild lameness, as it may worsen if not properly diagnosed and treated.

If you are planning to buy a horse, please contact us regarding an equine pre-purchase exam. An important component of this exam is a thorough lameness examination to rule out existing unsoundness.
We provide comprehensive dental care for most equine needs, from basic cleaning and floating to correctivedental interventions. All horses, from weanling to senior, benefit from annual dental examinations. This simple routine care can reduce the amount of tooth loss, diagnose other medical conditions such as choke and colic, and may ultimately prolong a horse’s lifespan.

Power equipment is used in our dental work, increasing accuracy, promoting efficiency, and aiding in precise and complete correction of dental problems. These services are offered at either our clinic or your farm for your convenience and the comfort of your animals.

Yearly dental exams are recommended. Since your horse chews his food from side to side, sharp points can form and cause pain in his cheeks and gums that can cause sores. Dr. George uses his power dental tools to grind down those points and smooth out the tooth.
  • How do you know when it is time for your horse to have a Dental Exam?
  • If your horse is dropping hay or grain out of his mouth that’s a good indication of needing dental care
  • If your horse is dropping weight (he might not be getting the most out of his feed)
  • Severe odor coming from mouth/nose
  • Bloody saliva coming from mouth
  • Refusing to take bridle
  • Alot of yawning or tilting
Aside from basic herd wellness and care, we offer extensive equine reproductive services, including artificial insemination and reproductive ultrasounds.

Equine Reproductive Ultrasound
The use of reproductive ultrasound for breeding evaluation, as well as insemination timing, can increase the likelihood of pregnancy in your brood mares. Pregnancy diagnosis can be performed at or around 15 days post-insemination, giving sufficient time to reorder semen if needed.

The technology of reproductive ultrasound is safe and relatively low in cost, making it a necessary tool for the equine breeder. Greenhaven Animal Clinic offers skill and experience in the use of reproductive ultrasound.

Greenhaven Animal Clinic produces a regular Equine Newsletter for all of our horse lovers. View a copy of the newsletter and more in the News & Resources section of our website (Coming soon). Contact us for any questions you may have or to schedule your appointment.

For the industry’s best information about equine care, visit the website of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

For information about horse vaccines, view the American Association of Equine Practitioners website.

Enjoy the My Horse website for expert equine advice on horse health, trail riding information, rodeo profiles, and much more

Equine Artificial Insemination
We provide equine artificial insemination services with cooled semen. Breeding mares with cooled semen requires that all parties involved—mare owners, stallion managers, and veterinarians—need to coordinate semen shipments with the mare’s ovulation before shipping semen.

Some potential items to consider:

  • Cost of stallion collection
  • Cost of preparing semen for shipment, number of collections provided per breeding, the cost of shipping by air, and how shipping containers must be returned
  • Days of the week stallion is collected
  • Times when stallion is unavailable
  • Days’ notice stallion manager needs before semen shipment
  • Latest time one can call to obtain semen
  • Longevity of semen
  • First cycle conception rate of the stallion
  • Method of transport used
  • Number of times mare can be bred if she does not conceive, according to the contract
First cycle conception rates tend to be slightly lower with shipped semen than with natural breeding. Cooled semen opens up increased opportunities for available stallions, decreases some risks, and eliminates transport of the mare to the stallion’s breeding facility. Artificial insemination does require more intense breeding management, and veterinary costs are higher. Mares need to be examined regularly and bred within 24 hours of ovulation. Using HCG can influence ovulation, although response can be variable between mares.
It is a syndrome in older horses that results in resorptive lesions of the incisors and canine teeth, and has been documented in the cheek teeth of some horses. There is currently no known cause for this condition. As the disease progresses, the roots of the incisors start to resorb (or basically dissolve). Some horses also develop hypercementosis or bulb-like swellings around the roots of these teeth. This may be the body's response to try to stabilize these teeth.
Eventually, the affected teeth become inflamed and can become loose or even fracture. This can be a very painful condition for these horses and can result in weight loss, difficulty in the bridle, and change in attitude. Many older horses are fairly stoic and don’t always exhibit obvious outward signs of pain until the clinical disease is quite progressed.
Our goal is to diagnose these horses at an earlier stage to prevent pain, inflammation, weight loss, and secondary infection. Treatment of this condition typically involves extraction of the affected teeth. Horses do quite well without their incisors, utilizing the cheek teeth for grinding and chewing food. Current research is investigating underlying causes that hopefully will bring about new treatments.

Extraction of affected teeth is the recommended treatment at this time. Horses with advanced disease may require extraction of all incisors.

Yes. Following extractions, we generally recommend a softened diet for a few weeks. but these horses can easily continue to eat hay & even graze. Their lips take over the function of tearing off grass, & by watching them eat, you'd never know their incisors are missing.

Following extraction, we ask that you keep a bit out of their mouth for a few weeks. After that, you can resume normal riding.

His outward appearance won't change much. Some horses will let their tongues hang out of their mouths following extractions, but this can vary quit a bit.

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