2014 Newsletter

Did You Know?

  • Dr. Lloyd Kloppe is the only board-certified horse reproductive specialist in the state.
  • Dr. Joanna Norman, a Veterinary Ophthalmologist, from Eye Care for Animals, receives her horses at our clinic on Wednesdays.
  • We have a digital radiograph machine and can give the horse owner their own copies of the x-rays on a CD the same day.
  • We now have an endoscope and can scope the horse’s upper airways, esophagus, guttural pouches, bladder, and uterus.
  • Every veterinarian at Durango Equine is an equine dentist! We use all power tools for routine dentistry. We can also perform skull radiographs, extractions, doctor- only sedation of your horse,  miniature horse dentals, and more!
  • Dr. Hendrix performs acupuncture exams and treatments for horses
  • We  work with the Arizona Sheriff’s Department on all horse cases of neglect and abuse. Dr. Hendrix oversees the initial exams, treatment, and rehabilitation of these starved horses.
  • We have 4 powerfloats, 2 dental powered hand tools,  2 ultrasound machines, and 1 endoscope
  • We offer stallion semen freezing and storage.
  • We are on Facebook! Like Us and stay current on the latest news.
  • We now accept Care Credit!
  • We have a webpage. Check it out. www.durangoequine.com
  • We perform Fecal Egg Counts for only $15 and can personalize your horse’s deworming schedule!

Dr. Maggie Loomer

You may have already met the warm and friendly face of Dr. Maggie Loomer!

Dr. Loomer joined our practice in July 2013. She is our intern for 2013-14. Dr. Loomer grew up in Central Virginia with dogs, cats, and horses. She spent 10 years working at a large boarding facility that catered to horses and riders of all disciplines. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Virginia before moving to Northern California to pursue veterinary school.

Dr. Loomer received her doctorate from the University of California, Davis Veterinary School where she focused on equine medicine. During school she was an active member of the Equine Medicine Club, Business Management Association, and the Veterinary Emergency Response Team. After completing her internship, Dr. Loomer wants to pursue general equine medicine as well as chiropractic and acupuncture therapy.

Dr. Loomer owns both a horse (that lives in Virginia) and a cat. In her free time, she enjoys trail riding, hiking, spending time with friends, and reading.

New Veterinary Assistants

We have two new faces this year. Our two newest staff members will be Veterinary Assistants.

Bethany Vanderhart joined our clinic in July 2013. She went to Vet Tech School at Mesa Community College and received her Certification this fall. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and volleyball. She owns an 8 year old yellow lab, Roxy.

Robyn Levash recently joined our practice in January 2014. Robyn recently moved to Arizona from California. She has extensive horse experience as an owner, rider, and trainer. Robyn  is currently working on her veterinary technician degree and certification.

 What are the Signs of Colic?

The most common signs of colic are:

* Lying down more than usual.

* Getting up and lying down repeatedly

* Standing stretched out

* Stretching out frequently as if to urinate

* Turning head and looking at flanks repeatedly

* Sweating more than normal

* Painful look/ shriveled nose

* Repeatedly curling up the upper lip

* Excessive swishing/ wringing of tail

* Rolling repeatedly

* Pawing the ground

* Lack of appetite

* Increased Pulse and Respiration rate

* Not passing manure

* No intestinal sound in flank or abdomen

* Dull or listless appearance

* Lying down at eating time


We are proud to announce we now have video endoscopy. This new service allows us to scope horse’s upper airways including the pharynx, trachea, nasal passages and guttural pouches. We can also scope the esophagus, bladder, urethra, and uterus. This service is offered in-clinic only.

 Normal Equine Vital Signs In Arizona

Temperature in Winter:  98.0-100.5

Temperature in Summer:  99.0-101.0

Pulse/ Heartrate:   32-40 beats per minute

Respiration Rate:  Winter 12-16/min, Summer: 16-28 /min

Fun Horse Facts

* A horse’s GI tract measures approximately 100 feet from mouth to anus.

* The hoof grows at the rate of 6-10 mm per month in the adult horse and 15 mm per month in the foal.

* Horses should be fed 1-2% of their body weight daily to maintain a healthy weight. This means that a 1000 pound horse should be feed 10-20 pounds of hay daily.

* The horse can sleep laying down or standing up. It uses what is called the ‘stay apparatus’ to essentially lock its joints while it sleeps standing.

* If a Thoroughbred has a tattoo, you can determine its age based on the letter at the beginning of the tattoo. Each letter represents a year starting with letter “A” in 1997. A horse that was born in 2000 has a tattoo that begins with a “D” while a horse that was born in 2010 has a tattoo starting with “N”.

* The average pregnancy length is 340 days in the mare, but it can vary from approximately 320-362 days.

* Horses have 24 deciduous teeth (baby teeth or caps) and between 36 and 44 permanent teeth depending on if they have wolf teeth and canines. Most mares do not have canine teeth, and not all horses have wolf teeth.

What to Expect at an Acupuncture Appointment

Acupuncture can be very helpful for poor performance issues, subtle lameness, back pain and post injury rehabilitation.  During the initial appointment, we will discuss the primary issue, as well as any past medical history, along with questions about your horse’s behavior and personality type. The next step will be the acupuncture scan, where a capped needle or pen will be used to run over specific acupuncture points to look for sensitivity at those points. The location of sensitive points can be used to determine the problematic location or locations of the horse’s anatomy. This information can be used to guide an appropriate acupuncture treatment or to guide further Western Medicine diagnostics and treatment.

If the decision is made to perform an acupuncture treatment, then approximately 15-20 sterile small gauge needles will be placed at specific acupuncture points around the body. These needles tend to cause minimal pain, however some needle shy horses may still object to needle placement.  If electroacupuncture is going to be performed, then the horse will have a surcingle placed around their abdomen behind the withers to hold the electroacupuncture machine. Two to four pairs of the needles will be hooked up to the electroacupuncture machine where a small current will be passed through the needles to increase the positive effects of the acupuncture. The typical treatment lasts approximately 15-20 minutes.

After the treatment is complete, there will be a discussion of the ideal treatment schedule for each horse. Most often, horses receive 2-4 treatments at 2 week intervals. During the course of treatments, horses can continue to be in normal work and can compete at shows.  Many horses that continue to be ridden and competing after a treatment course may benefit from an acupuncture tune up every 6-12 months.

Ophthalmic Services at Our Clinic

Our veterinarians perform thorough eye exams and treatments for a multitude of eye problems including infections, habronema sores, squamous cell carcinoma, corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis, uveitis, blocked ducts, and inflammation. We can place suprapalpebral lavage systems in the lid if needed to aid eye treatment. We can freeze (cryosurgery) cancer lesions on the eyelids. We also offer in-clinic treatment if the owner would like this service. If enucleation is needed, we can also perform this surgery.

If the owner needs the “next level” exam and treatment of their horse’s eye, we are fortunate to have a Board-Certified Equine ophthalmologist come to our clinic and treat all horses on the West side of Phoenix. Dr. Joanna Norman, from Eye Care for Animals, is available by appointment to examine and treat horses at our clinic on Wednesdays. If you would like an appointment with her, please call her direct to set up the appointment at our clinic.  623-872-EYES.

Horse Owner Annual Seminar

Topics and Speakers

Breed Specific Problems in Horses

by Dr. Traci Hulse


Rehabilitation of the Starved Horse

by Dr. Alana Hendrix


Common Eye Problems in Horses

by Dr. Joanna Norman


What’s New in Equine Reproduction

by Dr. Lloyd Kloppe


Saturday, February 1st, 2014

9 am– 1 pm

at Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic