Equine ER

Farewell, and thanks for the ride! Plus, words of wisdom from an underdog

Dear Readers: After two years, I've decided to end the Equine ER blog on TheHorse.com to focus on other projects. This is my last post, and I want to thank you for your readership and your comments. brightcove.createExperiences(); Of all the comments I've gotten from blog readers, the one that stands out the most was about losing a horse and the impact of "their (empty) stall in your heart." Here it... Read More

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Happy Birthday Equine ER! E-book giveaway!

Today we’re celebrating Equine ER’s first birthday – the nonfiction book by Leslie Guttman, published by Eclipse Press, came out roughly a year ago. As a special gift to readers of this blog, we’re giving away the Equine ER e-book free for a limited time. Email equineer@leslieguttman.com up until midnight PST TONIGHT (9/21/10), and you’ll receive the e-book this week. Again, that is the electronic... Read More

Foaling season: Did the newborn filly survive?

Last week in our excerpt from the book Equine ER chronicling 24 hours during foaling season, an exhausted vet received an emergency phone call informing him that a foaling mare was in trouble. He rushed back to the clinic. The foal was delivered, but whether she would live was in question. On the gurney, intern Dr. Julie Wolfe clamped and cut the newborn filly's umbilicus, and Dr. Bryan Waldridge inserted... Read More

Foaling season: an exhausted vet, an emergency phone call

After working over 36 hours straight, a tired vet gets an emergency phone call in our continuing excerpt from the nonfiction book Equine ER chronicling 24 hours during foaling season at one of the country's top equine hospitals. Down in the intensive care unit, Dr. Bryan Waldridge’s extra-large filly had fought her colic for twelve hours and won. She was weak but stable. The puffy foal across from... Read More

Foaling season: A horse waking up from anesthesia can be dangerous

Last week, a 1,400-pound warmblood got his leg caught in a gate in this excerpt about 24 hours during foaling season from the Eclipse Press book Equine ER by Leslie Guttman. Today, interns get rattled as the warmblood comes out of anesthesia with a strong flight response. In the recovery stall, interns Leslie Christnagel and Milosz Grabski waited for the horse to wake up to help him out of the anesthesia... Read More

Foaling season: One surprise after another

"Paging Dr. Embertson ..." Unexpected emergencies, veterinary interns high on sugar, and more from our chronicle of 24 hours during foaling season at one of the country's top equine hospitals, in this excerpt from the Eclipse Press book Equine ER by Leslie Guttman. No matter what time of day, the hospital is full of sounds: scrubbing, scrubbing, and more scrubbing … workers clean operating rooms, barns... Read More

Foaling season: Things aren't always what they appear

In our continuing excerpt chronicling 24 hours during Foaling Season from the Eclipse Press book Equine ER by Leslie Guttman, we check in with two patients whose conditions are being closely watched by their veterinarians: A mare about to deliver with a history of problematic pregnancies and a foal in the intensive care unit trying to recover from a difficult delivery. At 4 a.m. the Foal Watch mare... Read More

Foaling season: Anything can happen

Our look at 24 hours during foaling season continues in this excerpt from the Eclipse Press book Equine ER by Leslie Guttman. Today, we visit the ICU. Earlier that evening, a Thoroughbred foal had come in for Dr. Bryan Waldridge after a difficult delivery on the farm that owned her. Although at first the newborn filly had stood well and nursed at home, she had since regressed, unable to do either.... Read More

24 hours during foaling season continues

A severely colicking mare struggled for life in the emergency room in our last installment from the Eclipse Press book Equine ER by Leslie Guttman . Today, we find out whether her owner decided to send her to surgery. The owner was having trouble comprehending that she had to make a decision fairly quickly that she could not undo. It was hard to take it all in. “Sometimes the least expensive thing... Read More

Hello Weekend: A mare in trouble

Our chronicle of 24 hours during foaling season at one of the country's top equine hospitals continues in this excerpt from the Eclipse Press book Equine ER by Leslie Guttman. Last week, a mare with severe colic came in. Today, medical staff continue to try and assess what her problem is, and time appears to be running out. Dr. Embertson was calm as he discussed the situation with the owner, telling... Read More

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(Archived) Videos and photos from the book Equine ER (ECLIPSE PRESS, 2009), about a year in the life of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.