We perform a variety of elective surgeries, including arthoscopy, in our fully equipped equine surgical suite that contains an equine dorsal/lateral hydraulic surgical table and electric hoist. We use isoflorane anesthesia with monitoring of EKG, blood gases and direct arterial blood pressure.
We provide after-hours emergency services, including emergency colic surgery for both adults and foals. We have a trained on-call staff that are quickly assembled for these emergencies. Dr. Thal has been performing emergency colic surgery since 2001.
Safer Post-Operative Recovery
While an intern at Littleton Large Animal Clinic in 1993, Dr. Thal invented an innovative tail-hoist recovery system for safer recoveries after surgery. In select cases, we use that system here and it works very well. This system is still used to recover horses at Littleton. In 2005, a paper was presented by faculty at Texas A&M detailing the same system. It is now used in a number of equine hospitals nationwide.
We regularly provide comprehensive pre-purchase exams for our clients, and strongly believe in the value of this service. Most of these exams are scheduled here at the clinic where our grounds are well suited for these evaluations.
Dr. Thal performs thorough lameness exams and diagnoses performance problems regularly. We have the facilities, experience and quality diagnostic tools to make the right diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment options. Our grounds are well suited for these exams.
We use an Eklin Mark III – the finest digital radiograph system available. Our true digital x-ray system produces fantastic images that appear within seconds of being taken, allowing for real time adjustments in x-ray technique to get the most information possible. This allows us to develop an immediate treatment plan following diagnosis. Quality images of difficult-to-image areas such as the shoulder and neck can be taken with our system, even in the field.
Dental Exams & Dentistry
At any given time a horse may or may not require dental work. Routine and thorough dental examinations are needed to determine whether work is required. Dr. Thal is very experienced in corrective and routine dentistry. We use state-of-the-art motorized performance dentistry tools for addressing almost any dental need. We address performance related dental issues and treat issues that arise more commonly in older horses, such as cheek teeth extraction and repulsion.
We have both in-house and mobile ultrasound units for the diagnosis of a variety of equine healthcare issues including detailed tendon, ligament, abdominal and chest ultrasonography. We also use ultrasound extensively in our reproductive services.
Gastroscopy & Endoscopy
We have a high quality 3 meter video endoscope for gastroscopy in adult horses and a high quality 2 meter video endoscope for gastroscopy in foals. We also perform endoscopy of the bladder, upper respiratory tract, and uterus in mares.
Retirement & Rehabilitation
We are dedicated to the care of the older horse. We regularly board older horses long-term at our facility and at Dr. Thal’s family ranch. We adjust their feeding, maintenance, and healthcare regime to their specific needs. We also regularly board horses in rehabilitation, adjusting their treatment and exercise regime accordingly. If you are interested, please visit our Equine Retirement & Rehabilitation page for more information.
Routine & Preventative Care
Routine exams and preventative care are a cornerstone in ensuring your horse’s health. Call our office for details on our Spring and Fall work packages. Discounts are provided for multiple horses. We provide all aspects of preventative medicine including consultations on equine health care and management, nutrition, and behavioral modification with referral to qualified trainers.
We are fully equipped to provide intensive care to critically ill horses and foals. We have trained staff that live on-site and supply excellent care in these demanding cases.
Mobile Ambulatory Service
We have a fully equipped mobile unit, and regularly schedule farm calls by appointment.
Reproduction: Mares, Stallions & Foaling
We provide artificial insemination with transported cooled and frozen semen, pregnancy diagnosis by rectal palpation and ultrasonography, breeding and soundness exams, and treatment of reproductive problems in mares and stallions, including surgery. We also provide stallion collection and processing and shipment of cooled semen.
Dr. Thal and trained staff live on-site, and can attend and monitor foaling at any hour. We use the FoalAlert system and video monitors. Our foaling stall is a large, bright, roomy and comfortable living quarters for mares and their newborn foals, and it is heated in the winter. We provide resuscitation to foals as needed.
In-House Laboratory & More
- We have a fully equipped in-house laboratory that is critical for monitoring intensive care cases.
- We are well-equipped to provide emergency and general internal medicine.
- Cryotherapy and local chemotherapy for skin tumor treatment.
- Freeze branding and microchip implantation for identification.
- Two isolation stalls for potentially infectious cases.
- IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein) & PRP (Platlet Rich Plasma).
- We offer spinal surgery for Equine Wobbler’s Syndrome with visiting surgeon, Barry Grant DVM MS DACVS MRCVS. For more about Wobbler’s Syndrome and Dr. Grant, please visit his website: http://www.equinewobblers.com/.