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Volume Thirteen - Issue Six
February 2009
retama equine hospital cutting edge medicine available now!
Retama Equine
returned to the Lytle, Texas area
emergency care and racetrack
Hospital, located in Selma
to open a practice and manage
medicine. Dr. Huffman has a
on the Northeast side of San
a stud farm. With the opening
special interest in reproduction,
Antonio, has served as a full-
of Retama Park, it was recog-
general health management,
service regional emergency
nized that there was a need for
and enjoys the challenge of
and referral center for south
a facility to handle the arduous
enhancing performance horses
central Texas since 1995.
task of colic surgery, orthopedic
of all disciplines.
Retama Equine prides itself
surgery and other emergencies.
Dr. William Symm,
on the numerous attributes
It was through the insight of
DVM, Dipl. ACVS is a 2002
of the practice that make it
Drs. Robert Lewis, Charles
graduate of Texas A&M and is
successful: the reputable and
Graham, Tommy Hays, Byrne
originally from the Kerrville,
accomplished doctors, the
James and Mike Martin that
Texas area. Dr. Symm joined
flourishing and progressive
Retama Equine Hospital was
Retama Equine in 2007 after
internship program, and
opened. Dr. Martin’s interests
completing an equine surgery
the knowledgeable and
include colic, reproduction, foal
residency at the University of
compassionate staff.
care, lameness and racetrack
California – Davis, where he
received training in advanced
Retama’s Doctors – Proven
Dr. Keith Huffman,
surgical techniques and facili-
Knowledge and Experience
DVM is a 1999 graduate of
tated several research studies.
Dr. Mike Martin,
Texas A&M and raised in a
Dr. Symm has since success-
DVM is a 1993 graduate of
ranching and agriculturally
fully completed his certification
Texas A&M and originally
based family near Waco, Texas.
examination, thus becoming
from the San Antonio area.
Upon graduating, he joined Dr.
a board certified specialist in
Upon graduating from vet-
Martin to help support the in-
equine surgery. His particular
erinary school, Dr. Martin
creasing needs of the practice in
interests focus on orthopedic
rainbow 1 ranch - the future in action
The Fuqua’s estab- an enviable conception rate
The next generation is
lished Rainbow 1 Ranch over of over 95% every year. They
now stepping into the limelight.
surgery, airway surgery, colic State ‘08), Blair Lybbert, DVM Foundation for Success
30 years ago and have a com- attribute their success to a
The Fuqua’s daughter Nita, is
surgery and lameness. (Texas A&M ‘08) and Daniel Retama’s accom-
bination of 60 years experience painstakingly detail oriented
an accomplished rider: a PHBA
Dr. Justin Bruen- Liebsch, DVM (Iowa State plishments are made possible
ing, DVM, is also a 2002 ’08). because of their strong founda-
graduate of Texas A&M and Retama Equine Hos- tion – their staff. The technical
joined Retama Equine in 2008. pital has proudly served the staff, office staff and barn crew
Originally from the Huntsville, equestrian community of South- are comprised of caring and
Texas area, Dr. Bruening spent Central Texas for over a decade dedicated individuals whose
much of his childhood around and strives to provide the best main priority is patient care
working cow horses and has care available 24 hours a day, and customer service. Their
enjoyed equestrian activities, 7 days a week. Also, with the staff relishes the opportunity
specifically team roping, for addition of Drs. Bruening and to make your experience at
most of his life. Dr. Bruen- Symm, Retama Equine Hospital Retama Equine positive and
ing’s specific interests include is equipped with the interest fulfilling. Their goal is to meet
performance horse dentistry, and talent to tackle the diverse the needs of the client and
ophthalmology, and lameness problems facing horses today, patient, as well as maintain-
as well as emergency and criti- including complicated dental ing open communication at
cal care. problems, complex lameness all times, thus creating an in-
Our 2008/2009 In- issues and broken bones.
tern Veterinarians are Megan
(Continued on Page 5.)
Hughes, DVM (Oklahoma The Retama Family – A Strong
in the horse business including breeding program and lots
Reserve World Champion, mul-
showing, breeding and just of individual attention to the
tiple All Around Champion-
plain working horseback. Their mares. Dave and Susan have
ships, 10+ Breed Association
customers vary from World built their broodmare band
Top Ten Awards, and ROMS
Show Qualifiers to top work- around the proven bloodlines
in everything from Showman-
ing ranches, from International of many great sires in the cut-
ship, Western Pleasure, Rein-
owners to enthusiastic playday ting and reining horse indus-
ing, Hunter Hack to Barrels &
participants. The horses have try. They currently own and
Poles. Nita is beginning to take
several common characteristics: proudly stand 3 Foundation
over the reins of the day-to-day
they have trainable minds, they bred stallions that offer the
operations and she effectively
look good and they have that discriminating breeder out-
manages the broodmares and
want to please attitude. Often standing genetics, credentials
assists with all the breeding
they sell horses and have them and conformation. (EVA tested
activities. She is continuing the
pop up in the most unexpected negative/vaccinated.) Peppy
training of the Ranch’s young
places; one of their daughter’s Sol Anson arrived in 2004 with
stock and conditioning and fit-
Stock Horse Futurity finalists Reining credentials and a great
ting prospects for major Sales.
showed up in a jumping arena, sire record. Anson has 187.5
Nita has a clear vision for the
“Clearly that wasn’t what she AQHA points Reining and cow
future of the Ranch. “We will
was bred to do” said Dave “but work, $43,000+ in earnings
continue to breed and raise the
10302 IH-35 North
she has the heart to try and that and has World and Reserve
very best horses and treat our
San Antonio, Texas 78233
goes a long way.” Another of World Champion titles in the
customers as we wish to be
their horses bred to be a cutter NRHA—just to name a few of
treated. Our emphasis on good
is nearing the $100,000 mark his accomplishments. Smooth
minds and conformation with
as one of the hottest heeling Blue Snippy is a Foundation
color and excellent pedigrees as
horses around. “We have horses bred Blue Roan siring huge
a bonus is the driving force of
that have gone to Mexico as hips, great heads and almost
Rainbow 1 Ranch” Nita stated.
reining prospects and they are all roan foals. He is tested ho-
They are very pleased
coming of age this year.” Still mozygous for the black gene.
to announce an alliance with
many of their horses just get His offspring work on ranches
Bonnie Stewart Equine Re-
ridden, enjoyed and loved on; earning a living, compete in the
productive Services, offering
isn’t that the reason we all got show and performance arenas.
Embryo Flushing and Recovery
Si hablamos espanol
in the horse game? Red ID Surprise is the newest
as well as additional reproduc-
Susan successfully addition and is by 2 x World
tive services at a very afford-
trained and showed Reiners and Champion Two ID Bartender
able price. Services offered
All Around horses for years be- and out of a Mr Baron Red
include: Collecting outside
fore retiring from the spotlight mare. His foals are compet-
stallions, Phantom training,
to teach others and manage the ing in Barrel Racing and Calf
initial test freezing, freezing
breeding operation. Rainbow 1 Roping in the PRCA as well as
semen, mare flushes, reproduc-
Ranch began using equine AI the best using horses a person
tive management of problem
breeding techniques over 25 can find.
years ago and has maintained
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