Katie Parker - RVT, CVT 
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Registered Veterinary Technician - Ohio Certified Veterinary Technician - Arizona

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Re: “Unhealthy Horses

My experience over several years working with the U of A showed me the exceptional care these horses receive. I remember the horse Ellie and how much special treatment she received. Laminitis and Founder can be very crippling conditions and the U of A staff kept Ellie comfortable (and then some) for many years before they finally lost the battle. Isn’t that what Judy Glore is trying to do with her rescue horses who have similar problems? No horse can live forever and the U of A knew when it was time to let Ellie go on to greener pastures. As for the other horses euthanized since 2001, I’m sure there was a medical reason for each one.

As for Domino, I am not familiar with him other then what I’ve read and heard from both sides. Many veterinarians will prescribe a 5% betadine solution for irrigation of the eye. And if you search the internet, you can find human eye treatments that contain 5% betadine. Is the reporter and informer sure the records state 25% -- or could that be 2.5%? Regardless, if the vet in question prescribed a 25% solution to be used in the eye, and the U of A used it, they were only doing what the veterinarian (who is a professional) instructed them to do. Poor Domino looks terrible in the picture chosen for the article. He looks like the horses that are going to auction for the meat buyers. He truly looks like he needs rescuing! You say he’s on a special diet for his condition? Fast growing or not, I think he needs more food. You can fatten up a horse on Bermuda if you give enough. I know because I’ve done it with horses that I have rescued in the past.

I think the main point here is that the reporter did not check the facts before publishing an article, and therefore published many untruths. He must not have even read Judy’s blog on her website for her rescue. The blog reflects a completely different story then what was told here. It seems kind of like the “telephone” game we played as kids, where the more the story travels, the more untrue the story gets. I’m not going to quote those differences; you can go read it for yourself on her website. This particular article belongs in the National Enquirer or Star Magazine. And Tim – I hear they are hiring!

Posted by Katie Parker on 07/01/2010 at 7:52 PM

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