Rocky Mountain Equine Hospital, performs over 200 surgeries each year. We have extensive experience and training with all types of elective orthopedic and soft tissue procedures and with emergency disorders of the abdomen, upper airway, reproductive and musculoskeletal systems.
Our operating room is state-of-the-art, and boasts a hydraulic surgery table, patient monitoring systems, inhalation anesthesia and ventilation, and other equipment to help minimize the risk of surgery and general anesthesia to our patients. There are separate, padded induction and recovery stalls adjacent to the operating room, and six climate-controlled intensive care stalls.
Before any surgery, patient evaluation and routine blood work is performed. An intravenous catheter is placed and final preparations are made for surgery. The horse is walked into our padded induction stall, where sedation is administered. Anesthetic induction drugs will follow, and the horse is gently lowered to the ground. An overhead hoist and monorail system is used to transfer the horse to our padded surgery table.
Our team is specially trained to monitor the anesthetized patient. Once the horse is safely placed on the surgery table, monitoring systems are used to evaluate anesthetic delivery and tissue oxygenation. We continually monitor direct and indirect blood pressure, blood gas levels, and ECG activity to minimize the risk of general anesthesia. Following surgery, the horse is transported to a separate recovery room and is placed on a large memory foam pad. Tail and head ropes are used to assist most horses recovering from anesthesia. If necessary, the UC Davis Anderson Sling is used to assist certain horses.
We have the most advanced surgical equipment and support available including Sound-Eklin Digital radiography, C-arm fluoroscopy, and all endoscopic capabilities. Our large operating room is well- equipped to accommodate all types of surgery including arthroscopic surgery, colic surgery, simple and complex fracture repair, arthrodesis (joint fusion), and correction of angular limb deformities. Additional equipment includes digital ultrasound for tendon, cardiac, abdominal and reproductive procedures, video endoscopy, and complete in-house laboratory facilities. On-site services include mobile MRI imaging from MR Equine. In addition, we perform spinal surgery for horses affected with CSM and wobblers syndrome with world renowned expert Dr. Barrie Grant.
The main hospital barn is climate-controlled with non-skid flooring throughout, treated concrete stalls, and padded stocks. A separate barn has 13 additional stalls including 4 foaling stalls, breeding stocks, offices and our stallion collection area. Numerous paddocks and corrals complete the facility.
Treating critically ill horses and foals requires a great deal of commitment and attention to detail. Our doctors rely on a detailed history of our patient’s conditions and complete physical examination. We use advanced diagnostics including digital radiography, digital ultrasound, video endoscopy and our on- site laboratory to quickly diagnose condition and formulate our treatment plans. Our climate-controlled intensive care stalls provide an ideal setting for any critically ill horse.
We are proud to offer complete breeding services to both stallion and mare owners. We have safe, clean, fully enclosed facilities to collect and process semen for shipping and freezing. Broodmare services include artificial insemination, embryo transfer, and treatment of the subfertile mare.
We are pleased to stand AQHA stallions French and JESS EYE (Mr. Eye Opener x Deeheiress x Mr. Jess Perry) for the 2016 season!
Since 2003 we have offered the industry’s leading true digital imaging radiography technology, the Rapid Study DR from Sound Eklin Medical. Our Sheridan hospital is equipped with this new technology. The systems produce the highest quality images in less than a second, and high resolution monitors are used to enhance even the smallest detail. Images are stored in our PACS system for sharing with owners and veterinarians via the internet.
Our My Lab digital ultrasound is a state-of-the-art color machine which assists us in evaluating and treating tendon and ligament disorders, pneumonia, abdominal pain, cardiac and peripheral circulatory disease, umbilical infection, masses, and all reproductive ultrasound procedures.
SPORTS MEDICINE AND LAMENESS
A large portion of our outpatient service includes the diagnosis and treatment of performance horse issues in the equine athlete. Our practice is overrepresented by the western performance horse, but also includes a large number of hunter-jumper and dressage horses, as well as polo horses. We utilize all of the modalities to assist in the diagnosis and management of these tremendous athletes. We routinely employ the use of stem cells, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), autologous conditioned serum (IRAP ACS) and appropriate medications to return horses to peak performance and health.
When conditions of bone, cartilage, ligament or meniscal injuries require surgery, we utilize the most advanced arthroscopic surgery and motorized joint surgery equipment available.
AMPUTATION AND PROSTHETICS
In treating catastrophic injuries, every effort is made to save the affected limb through medical or surgical treatment. In some cases, however, fracture configuration, infection, or impaired circulatory status render saving a limb impossible. In that instance, owners seeking the option of amputation are counseled on the procedure, long-term care, expectations and cost. We have performed the procedure on pleasure horses, broodmares and breeding stallions from across the United States. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of veterinary practice is the ability to return a horse to a good quality of life where once a death sentence was certain. We frequently consult with owners, veterinarians and universities across the globe, and we welcome the opportunity to discuss this option with you.