Travels With Doc T™
Here are the blogs I have written as I travels about the country floating horses. The subject matter is not specific to any topic on this site but are more a combination of stories, observations, book reviews and philosophy. They are here for your enjoyment.
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It is the start of 2021 and the world is in a disruptive way. Our lives are nothing like they were a year ago. So why not join in? I am a self described iconoclast (a person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions) in the horse world. I intend to drill a small...
I reflect here on how the threat of COVID-19 is affecting all of us as I travel from a deserted Newark airport. I offer advice that seems to work for me and I hope you too.
Flying from San Francisco in an almost empty 787 I discuss why I am still out here working on horses amidst COVID-19. I look at the silver linings of this new way of life.
“Cognitive Laziness” is how we interact with horses today. Through agenda driven medicine and marketing, I look at the collision of new and old.
This is a reprint of a blog I wrote in 2013 how I was faced with the possibility of killing my own horse with my incompetence. A story about faith.
Horse owners say, “I just want what’s best for my horse.” This is code for “I’m overwhelmed with information. I don’t know who to trust.” A 7 yr old dies of colic – who do we blame?
This is just a “Thank You” to all who invite us to your farm to help with your horses. We feel so blessed. No national holiday needed. While “booty” is not required, it is appreciated!
I discuss what an “altruistic disrupter” is and how they can benefit your horses in health and well being. While not easy for the horse industry, it is the right thing to do.
Root causes of horse diseases. How food triggers genetic disease expression. We need to start advocating for horses and not how marketing is telling us to treat them.
The shortcomings of the 2018 AAEP meeting. Doctors spending more time testing than looking at the patient. I don’t hold back my frustration.
A chilling look at the state of America as I saw it. I walked a mile from the 2018 AAEP meeting site seeing what we don’t see on our farms. I was shocked.
This is a true story that has nothing to do with horses. It’s about the connections in this universe. All horse owners have these experiences. They are ubiquitous.
This is a true story that looks at the cosmic connections we have all had at some point in our lives. The ending is thought provoking as we mystically connect with our horses.
Nothing about dentistry, nutrition or horses. I take a break. We all should once in a while to rejuvenate my senses. Photography is how I do this. Just some of my 2017 photos.
Attending the 2017 AAEP meeting offers the small but guaranteed chance of learning something that will last a lifetime. Here is one of those times from 2002 in Glasgow.
Hurricanes, floods, fires and ice bring anxiety along with preparation work. Similar natural disasters occur everywhere. Here are links for help in the US, FL and TX.
An 80 year old client lost his mare because he could not get adequate veterinary care. The reasons are disturbing and reflect badly on this profession but I can find no solutions.
People are comfortable where they are – unwilling to make the effort to connect with each other or their horses. People pass opportunities when they settle for being comfortable.
Integrity is a trait assumed to exist in all professionals but they are only human. The stories here and my first hand experiences indicate the associated low self esteem.
There is something about a dog(s) that goes with people, horses, a truck and dirty fingernails. We all will relate to this story of me and my dog on my first day of being a vet.
Horses are not found on islands unless they can swim there. I’ve worked on Gardner’s, Island, Shelter Island and the islands of Puget Sound. Here is my day on Orcas Island, WA.
Traveling miles and miles can cause mental fatigue which can lead to accidents, death and destruction. So it almost was with a large turtle versus my truck. Did he survive?
Some days the sun shines, the music is good, horses behave and clients are appreciative. This was one of those days I needed to write about. It balances out the other days.
I struggled against the Atlantic Ocean current to hold my depth as I watched a barracuda effortlessly stare at me in the distance. To become as effortless with horses as a fish.
This is a tribute to 38 years with Kathy. She recognized that “thing” in me that only a woman can recognize and she is the reason I am here with you today.
Half a million miles with few mechanical problems.My GMC pick up truck is the most important piece of equipment. It takes me safely around the country visiting horse farms.
Pictures from New York on a summer’s day. A beautiful barn with hand made interior doors and a set of wolf teeth from a 27 year old that were loose at a therapy riding center.
May the Season be bright and the new year turn out to be just right. With warmest wishes for Good Health and Happiness. Have a wonderful New Year!
My family traveled to the 2014 Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA to bring attention to our style of Horsemanship Dentistry and our new Equine Dentistry School Online.
2014 AAEP meeting Salt Lake City, NV. Horses again discussed as objects without feelings. EOTRH bantered – no conclusions. Another disappointment for dentistry.
A unique stall in south FL. We should be as creative on our own farms. I wonder how the horse likes it and if this helps their psyche as some horses spend a lot of time in stalls.
The loss of my best equine friend cannot be adequately express.From an embryo on my ultrasound through being an orphan to 24 years later. He slipped from life in my arms.
This wasn’t planned for the end of my day. A leak in a radiator hose shut us down for the day. Thankfully, AAA has sent this fine towing service and we are in the cab heading home.
This past weekend spent working on the equine dentistry school. Nothing more to say here. Certainly fun, but not as much fun as flying the helicopter last weekend.
I have finally gotten over last week’s all night driving from NY to FL. I have also calmed down from my first helicopter flying experience for Father’s Day. WOW!
Summer in the northeast. A beautiful barn in NJ, NY City southern sky line, parasite control images, a white tail deer in tall grass, a picturesque creek and waterfall.
A gorgeous summer day in NY. A sales barn with horses from Germany, France, Holland and Russia. A NY barn in the hills with 2 very large horses, one recovering from laminitis.
This rabbit and chickens on a non-profit in Florida help people with psychological disorders heal with help of nurses. Also extraction of 2 end stage cheek teeth in an “unhappy” horse.
The grandson of Fusaichi Pegasus. I had floated the teeth of this great TB race horse when he won the Kentucky Derby. Also image’s from a client’s “Chicken Ranch.”
Our style of equine dentistry does not automatically medicate the horses. There are days I pay the price of a head that moves and my finger gets rasped instead of the tooth.
A lost incisor from decay (EOTRH). I also quote a client with her description of how the horses respond to our Horsemanship Dentistry approach. We are grateful.
Split rail fences in need of repair. stark against the snow randomly carved with animal paths. Melissa parked the car then we both just stared at the car’s thermometer.
Veterinarians are horse owners with confidence coming with the degree. But it wanes when we face life decisions on our own horse. This is my story of facing fear with my horse.
The eastern tip of Long Island, NY. Trapped in the past filled with modern chic from the city. It’s also home to a working cattle ranch and arguable the country’s 1st cattle drive.
1 – the illegal closing of the GW bridge trapped us for hours as we crossed about midnight. 2 – the threshold of pain as it relates with dentistry. Several horses no longer require pain medications.