Services

Breeding and Reproductive Services

With over 35 years of experience in equine medicine Dr. Tim Phillips provides the very best in equine reproductive care. Our breeding facility is a clean, safe and stress free environment for your mares, foals and stallions. A big advantage our clients have with breeding and foaling their mares at our facility is having Dr. Phillips living on-site. With ultrasounds and breeding occurring at the farm the need for expensive “farm calls” is eliminated. With close monitoring and the use of our “Foal Alert System” Dr. Phillips is able to be with your mare for her entire delivery. In the case of an emergency, there is no second guessing or waiting for the veterinarian to arrive.

 

Mare Services

  • Breeding soundness exams
  • Ultrasound
  • Uterine Culture and Biopsy
  • Breeding Management
  • Artificial Insemination
    • with fresh, cooled or frozen semen
  • Deep Horn Insemination
  • Embryo Collection, Transfer and Shipment
  • Oocyte Flushing and Transfer information available in coordination with In Foal Inc.
  • Twin Reduction
  • Pregnancy Monitoring
  • High risk Pregnancy Management

Stallion Services

  • Breeding Soundness Exams
  • Training to Mount the Phantom
  • Semen Collection and Evaluation
  • Semen Receiving and Shipping

Foaling Services

  • Monitoring Mare at end of Pregnancy
  • Veterinarian Attended Foaling
  • Emergency Treatment of Dystocia
  • Assistance for Retained Placentas
  • Placental Examination
  • Post-Partum Mare Exam
  • Newborn Foal Examination
  • Foal IgG Snap Test (test for passive immune transfer)
  • Plasma Transfusions

 

Dentistry

The equine tooth is much different than the human tooth in that it continues to erupt throughout the life of the horse. As the teeth wear, sharp points form and can cause uncomfortable ulcers in the mouth. Because of this, annual dental examinations are needed to locate and correct problems before they start. Dental examinations should be performed starting at 6 months of age, every 6 months for growing horses, yearly for the mature house, and every 6 months for the geriatric horse.

We correct dental problems by floating (filing down) the sharp points of the tooth. If you notice your horse chewing abnormally, losing weight, dropping food, head shaking or resisting the bit, these may be signs that your horse needs a float. If dental problems are severe, your horse may require more frequent floating. Our dentistry equipment consists of motorized dental equipment, hand floats, oral speculum and a head rest to allow good visualization of the oral cavity. Our dental services include dental examination, floating and tooth extraction. Because of the sensitive nature of the mouth, all dental services are performed under sedation.

 

Benefits of using a Licensed Veterinarian for your horse’s dentistry.

  1. Horse owners today have many options when choosing someone to perform dentistry on their equine companions. Here are some points to consider when making this important decision:
  2. A licensed veterinarian is the only person that can legally sedate your horse and they carry insurance in the unlikely event that “something goes wrong” during the dental procedure.
  3. In the case of an emergency a licensed veterinarian has the medical training and medication to immediately treat your horse.
  4. A licensed veterinarian has a thorough medical background and training to diagnose and treat problems of the mouth, gums, tongue and teeth. Dr. Phillips has practiced veterinary medicine for 38 years and one of his specialties is dental care. Lay dentistry schools range from 3-5 weeks.
  5. Veterinarians are licensed and regulated. Lay dentists are not.
  6. Older horses need to be handled with care during the dental procedure. They tend to have more sensitive teeth and are more sensitive to sedation. A licensed veterinarian knows the combination of sedation to keep the older more fragile horse comfortable and pain free.
  7. A licensed veterinarian understands the negative consequences of “over floating”.

A horses tooth is not meant to be smooth. A horse is an herbivore and his teeth are specifically designed with ridges and roughness to them to provide a grinding surface for grinding forage. If a horses tooth is ground too far down (“over floating”) to a point where his teeth are smooth he no longer has a good grinding surface available. When this happens he is more susceptible to choke and colic. Both of these conditions can be life threatening. In addition, a horse is born with only a certain amount of tooth and once it is gone, it is gone. Also, if a horses tooth is ground down to the point where the sensitive pulp is exposed this can lead to abscessing and tooth loss.

 

Lameness Examination

A good lameness examination is essential to diagnosing soundness issues. Because veterinarians cannot ask their patients where is hurts, they are dependent upon visual cues from the horse as it moves. A lameness evaluation includes a physical exam, visual evaluation of the horse being ridden and/or free lunging in our round pen, palpation of the limbs and joints, evaluating range of motion, watching the horse travel in a straight line and on a lunge line, and response to flexion of the joints. Further diagnostics include nerve blocks, joint blocks, radiographs, and ultrasound. Our state of the art Digital X-ray Unit provides our clients with immediate, high definition results. The initial diagnostic work-up may be performed in the field as long as a firm, even surface is available.