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THE HORSE GAZETTE

TEXAS HORSE INDUSTRY’S INFORMATIONAL SOURCE SINCE 1996

Volume Fourteen - Issue Nine May 2010

specialty performance horse practice, hill country equine

David M. Dutton, DVM DACVS, a nationally recognized lameness specialist and board certified surgeon welcomes home Central Texas Native, Travis Wright DVM

season gears up, so is Hill Country Equine. The already

As the 2010 show

impressive services offered by Hill Country Equine will soon escalate to a higher level with

the addition of Travis Wright, 2010 graduate of Texas A&M University Veterinary School of Medicine starting June 1, 2010.

and hard at opportunities in North Texas and decided it was best to return to family and friends in Central Texas. “I still have Ransom and he’s doing well in his 20’s, but plan

Dr. Travis Wright, returning to Central Texas and Hill Country Equine.

will already know Travis as he has worked at the clinic prior to attending college and for the past five summers as an extern. Many horse people throughout Texas already know because of his involvement over the years in 4-H, AQHA All Around and Reining. Travis and his AQHA gelding, Topsail Ransom placed AQHA Top 10 World in Rein- ing and Silver Medalist in the Cosequin/USET Reining Championship. Travis looked long

Most HCE clients

profession, there are not a lot of people graduating from vet school that have extensive horse experience and are ex- perienced horsemen first, and veterinarians second,” said David Dutton. “That’s one of the valuable qualities Travis brings to HCE. He’s also from this area and we have a need for an ambulatory lameness veterinarian. The opportunity was right to get someone of Travis’ caliber and to help fill that need… and I didn’t want to let him escape to another region or state, and him ending up somewhere else other than HCE.”

shift in the horse owner popu- lation over the past few years. “It’s not convenient for people to load their horses in the trailer

Dr. Dutton has seen a

to get back into reining, and I’m starting to ride my five year old mare more consistently with hopes that she’ll be my new replacement reiner.” “In the veterinary

and bring them in to the clinic,” said Dutton. “They want some- one to come out to their farm, ranch or boarding facility and triage their horse’s issue in their normal environment before loading them into a trailer and undergoing the stress, for both the owner and horse, of a trailer ride.”

go see what the horse is or is not doing in it’s home/training environment and be able to get a feel for the problem and talk to the owner and trainer. With the cost and investment in today’s top performance horses, they’re irreplaceable and the goal of HCE is to keep success- ful horses out there performing at their best.

provides stem cell and regen- erative medicine, platelet rich plasma therapy, Shockwave therapy, Digital radiographs, Digital ultrasounds, upper re- spiratory and gastric endoscopy, and surgery.

Hill Country Equine Travis will be able to

HCE have performance horse backgrounds. Dr. Dutton en- joys roping. He grew up in West Texas and New Mexico working on ranches, feedlots, and racehorse training facility. Technician Maggie LaRock has an extensive background in Western Pleasure. Surgi- cal Technician Robin Martin enjoys roping, grew up on a ranch in South Dakota and was on staff at Texas A&M. The knowledge,

All of the staff at

compassion and dedication of Dr. Dutton and his staff is reflected on the walls of HCE with pictures and letters from

grateful clients. “Thank you so much for making Chevy better. Kaitlyn”

is located between San Anto- nio and Boerne, and provides centrally located, quality care in equine sports medicine and surgery. For more informa- tion call 830-336-3600 or visit www.hillcountryequine.net.

Hill Country Equine

“Specializing in Safe, Gentle Horses for the Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Experienced Rider.”

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