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Dreamer’s blue ribbons help save ex-racehorses

Every time Dustin’s Dreamer collects a blue ribbon, his victories help some other less fortunate racehorse get the chance to live a better life. Through a Blue Ribbon Fund established by his owner Fran Burns, a donation is made to Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, whenever he is victorious in the show ring. And thus far, four racehorses at risk for slaughter have been rescued by donations made in his name. Angel Acres founder and president Jo Deibel credits Dustin Dreamer’s Blue Ribbon Fund with providing transportation costs and other fees for a horse recently injured at a New York […]

Mystaire shines through mists of Groton House

The gray mare danced in the mist, waiting her turn in the novice dressage ring. Her ears pricked forward; her eyes followed the commotion of horses, dogs and children milling about in a setting so foreign to her. The petite gray Thoroughbred called Mystaire had previously worked as a racehorse only 23 miles away at Suffolk Downs in Boston, but the famed Groton House Farm in Hamilton was worlds away from her former life. All around, horses and their riders entered and exited the showground, some spooking, as one of the most well-known New England shows got underway on the […]

Rood & Riddle Q&A: Roarers

Dr. Brett Woodie, a board certified surgeon and partner at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, answers questions about “roarers”—horses with an upper-airway condition that, in serious cases, can adversely affect an equine’s ability to breathe properly during exertion. A large focus of Dr. Woodie’s practice is devoted to helping horses with this condition. He was a member of the Cornell University surgical team that developed a surgical procedure (the Tie-forward) to correct dorsal displacement of the soft palate. In addition, he was instrumental in developing the Cornell Collar, a patented device that offers a surgical alternative by providing throat support […]