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Equine Lameness and Emergency Care


A clinic with Jennifer Dunlap, DVM, and Daniel Bishop, AFA certified farrier

By Dana Shah Bishop

On November 10, 2014, the Eads Civic Center on Washington Street in “downtown” Eads, TN was packed, as over 60 people came to hear veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Dunlap and AFA Certified farrier Daniel Bishop discuss emergency care for horses and how veterinarians and farriers work together to develop solutions for lameness in horses.

Jennifer Dunlap began the evening’s program with a synopsis on equine emergency care; what should be included in an equine first aid kit; what every horse owner should have with them when handling horses; and how to handle horses in various situations. She gave examples of emergencies that could be encountered when trailering your horse, trail riding, or just accidents on your farm. She discussed the “does and don’ts” of Banamine, and Banamine paste versus oral or IV.  She stressed the importance of vaccinations for protecting your horse from disease; the importance of not sharing community water troughs with horses that are not yours. She emphasized knowing your horse – what are your horse’s normal behaviors and signs of irregular behavior. She described the signs of colic and prescribed what to do and what not to do in colic situations. For example, some people think that continuous walking is the thing to do to relieve colic pain, but in reality, that tires and stresses the horse. In fact, continuous walking of a horse in colic is detrimental because the blood is being pulled from the digestive track to the fatigued muscles instead of where it needs to be flowing. 

Daniel Bishop talked about the importance of farrier and veterinarian relationships. He discussed several lameness situations: Laminitis, founder, hoof lacerations, abscesses, and white line disease, and then described treatments and the shoeing techniques for all these lamenesses. 

At the seminar, snacks and drinks were served and there was a raffle at the end of the discussion. This was a huge hit! Leather halters, First Aid kits, equine treats, farrier services, veterinarian services, and photography services were just a few of the items donated. Look for more of these types of clinics coming 2015!

About the presenters:

Daniel Bishop is a graduate of the Eastern School of Farrier Science in Martinsville, Virginia and is a certified farrier with over 18 years of experience. He continues his farrier studies by completing 50 hours of continuing education each year. Daniel apprenticed with well-know International Horseshoers Hall of Fame inductee Mr. Lim Couch.

Throughout Daniel’s education and the tutelage by Mr. Couch, Daniel became skilled in the mechanics is therapeutic horseshoeing. Daniel fabricates specialty shoes, braces and equipment not only for hoof problems, but also for leg and neck injuries and has assisted in a variety of hoof-related surgeries. For some horses, his methods employ Glue-on and Drill Tech methods, in addition to regular shoeing and trimming. Most of Daniel's work focuses on performance horses.

Dr. Jennifer Dunlap holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Boston, MA, which is renowned for its Equine Sports Medicine program. Dr. Dunlap completed her residency at University of Tennessee in equine surgery where she was named Resident of the Year twice. Her internship and surgical residency following graduation allowed her to gain advanced training in all aspects of lameness – from the exam to specialized diagnostics such as nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan) to arthroscopic surgery.

Dr. Dunlap is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She is also a breeder of sport horses.

For more information, contact Dunlap Equine Services at 901-463-0937 or Daniel Bishop Horseshoeing at (CF) 901-292-4955.

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