From the Veterinarian’s Mouth

The Horse: Do vets use a “one size fits all” protocol for sedation/anesthesia? Hubbell: Many equine veterinarians have developed different dosing regimens for different breeds or types of horses based on their experiences. Minimal data are available to directly support variations between breeds, but here are some observations I made during my career: The atmosphere of […]

I’m NOT Celebrating the Fourth of July

I sent information to the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe through their Facebook page when I heard that they were planning a bigger than ever fireworks show. I found a study looking at the long lasting toxic fallout from firecrackers. I found an article detailing the damage fireworks inflict on livestock, and wildlife as well […]

Looking at the Equine Lumbo-Sacral Joint

While I was looking for information on the horse’s back online I found that the number of sites discussing the sacro-iliac joint overwhelming outnumbers sites discussing the lumbo-sacral joint. In this photo, from Rod Nikkel’s website, you can see why. The lumbo-sacral joint is well-protected, nested deep within the triangle formed by the five solidly […]

Take It Easy on Your Horse’s Mouth!

I keep coming across reports of how many riders injure their horse’s mouths, especially during competitions. I do not see many articles about how to reduce the number of horses with injured mouths. Nor do I see any explanation of why those who want top performances from their horses in competition are the very people […]

Social Media and the New Mexico Horse Council

I joined Facebook last fall with the intention of broadening my social horizons. So when a couple of members of the New Mexico Horse Council group asked to friend me, I agreed. I wanted to know what horse people in New Mexico were up to. I found that the actual NMHC group is pretty quiet, […]

Light Hands in the Olympics?

I have been wanting a ‘Light Hands’ award in horse shows, especially in Dressage, for decades. Now high tech has made my wishes come true. Ipos Rein sensors give real-time feedback on how much pressure is being exerted on the reins. So far Ipos has found that: ‘The higher the level of a rider was, […]

Documenting Cyber-Harassment

I am posting these examples of cyber stalking by James Mits Annon as a safety measure. Documenting cyber harassment should be helpful if he escalates into property damage or threatens my or my animals physical safety as he has done in the past. According to the Stalking Risk Profile site, my brother falls into The […]

The Colors of the Four Horsemen

I just gave a talk with Matthew Wood and Jon Baklund on a horse breeder’s view of the colors given for the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I had been given an esoteric translation of the two-thousand-year old original Greek version of Revelations that was especially fascinating to me as it informed me that the original […]

Unhappy the Land that Needs Heroes.

In the first half of the 20th century Bertol Brecht, a German dramatist, addressed the fascist extremes of ‘true believers’ in Europe in his plays. His observations are still apt. He wrote: “Nowadays, anyone who wishes to combat lies and ignorance and to write the truth must overcome at least five difficulties. He must have […]