Strong bonds with pets may help foster resiliency in military-connected children

Developing resiliency has important benefits for children, especially those from military families faced with significant challenges such as parental deployment and frequent moves. – See more at:...

Clinician’s Keen Eye Helps Horse Beat the Odds

“Tango led me through my second stint of competitive riding from Long Stirrup to Adult Equitation and the Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council Days of Champions,” says Liz Casey of her 19-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding’s impressive competitive career. In...

Hospital for Large Animals Helps Eq Horse Back on His Feet

On August 1, 2011, April Renzella brought her Dutch Warmblood, Sambuca—better known as Tabor—to Tufts Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for an MRI after an injury. Just one day later, he underwent navicular bursa surgery on his left...

Life-Saving Surgery Leads to Confident Comeback

Sam and Elizabeth Chertavian competed at the Young Event Horse National Championships in 2011, and qualified again for the 2012 competition—which was set to take place in October that year—when one September morning, at five-years-old, Sam was struck with a sudden...

It’s the Size of the Fight in the Horse That Counts

SRF Egyptian Prince is a 30″ Miniature horse, born a full month prematurely on May 6, 1998. Christina Eddleston purchased him from Sawmill River Farm in West Brookfield, Mass., when he was just three weeks old—visiting him almost every day until he was finally weaned...

A Bond That Can’t Be Broken

It was love at first sight when Leigh-Ann Davis encountered Peppy,her 10-year-old Appendix gelding, for the first time. Originally her father-in-law’s horse, Leigh-Ann had Peppy shipped to Connecticut from Texas in 2008. “I had been riding for 16 years and Peppy was...

Communication Key in Getting Multi-Sport Athlete Back on Track

Fourteen-year-old Toasted Oats, also known as “Otis,” is a handsome multi-sport athlete owned by Susan Straight. But when he developed an occasional cough that came and went with no predictable pattern or time of year, there were some days Otis would be unable to...

Fit for a Princess

Omos Glori, better known as “Princess,” and Susan Crawford have completed over 4,300 trail hours of their 5,000-hour goal, having enrolled in the American Quarter Horse Association recreational riding program in October of 1998. Susan and the 17-year-old Quarter Horse...

Mysterious Lameness No Match for Lucy Thanks to the Help of Tufts Team

Lucy, an eight-year-old Thoroughbred, raced as a three-year-old—running 15 times and winning one race, along with just over $10,000. Kate Taylor of North Kingstown, RI, then bought her as a late three-year-old, and they began their journey together. “I wasn’t...

Therapy Horse Gets the Best Treatment so She Can Give Her Best

Marsha Craig of Raynham, Mass., and Lily, a Miniature Appaloosa, are a Registered Therapy Team—Lily passed the Pet Partner evaluation at just one-and-a-half years old. They also work with Tufts Paws for People, a non-profit organization associated with the Cummings...