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Your story in the July/August issue regarding Sir Sinclair’s battle with Lyme disease gave me hope when I have struggled to have any over the past year. My mare, like Sir Sinclair, showed uncharacteristic attitude changes in the barn and under saddle, and suddenly became extremely lame through the stifle. We started Lyme treatment after pulling a high titre. It has been almost a year of IV treatments and oral doxycycline and tetracycline, peppered with advice from Cornell and “quality of life” discussions with my vet. I have quite a bit of experience with Lyme due to living in CT, but even with extensive research, I have not found many similar stories of devastating symptoms and extreme difficulty responding to treatment. I’m not sure my talented mare will ever live up to the big dreams I’ve had for her, but through your article, I’ve finally found a similar story and some hope that she will eventually be able to return to being comfortable, happy, and in work.

Vanessa Myers, Norwich, CT

I wanted to tell you how fascinating—and helpful—I found the article on Sir Sinclair and his Lyme disease. He was yet another victim of vets not having looked at the simple and obvious first, which would have spared owners many thousands of dollars—and the horses much stress. Sir Sinclair’s symptoms mirror those of my horse’s exactly—so I’m glad I’m following a 90-day course of doxycyclene. I’m more than half way through but have heard of cases which didn’t show any improvement until after two full months of treatment. Thanks for the great article. (And the great magazine!)

—name withheld

Thank you for raising awareness of the epidemic of tick borne infections and the chronic suffering of beloved horses in your article on Sir Sinclair. This is a wonderful opportunity to educate horse owners, riders and veterinary health care practitioners about the protean manifestations of these polymicrobial infections in mammals. Ticks are cesspools of disease. Tick population control, tick bite prevention, as well as accurate diagnosis with adequate treatment of these often life altering infections are the tools with which to keep our horses as well as ourselves healthy.

10 November/December 2009

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Sinclair continues to improve. He is magnificent! I had no idea what horse I was giving advice about nor about your article until a patient gave it to me recently. May I add: when dosing doxycycline, be sure to dissolve the pills in a small amount of water before adding them to feed. Often it takes 12 hours for them to fully dissolve. Some brands take even longer. The most successful and least irritating gastrointestinal absorption of the medicine occurs when it is dissolved. Use the highest dose of doxycycline indicated (up to fifty 100mg tablets twice daily). Treat continuously with antibiotics until all symptoms are gone, then start pulsing. With any new onset respiratory disorder rule out infection with Rickettsia.

Ann F Corson MD, Cochranville, PA

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This past May I purchased my first horse as an adult, a Russian warmblood. Wanting to learn more about the breed, I started looking for anything and everything ‘warmblood’ to read. That’s when I spotted your magazine on the shelf of a local tack shop. Excited and surprised that there was such a magazine, I haven’t put the thing down yet. Your magazine is great! It sits on the coffee table so it’s close at hand and our other horsey friends can read it.

Annie L., South Hampton, NH

Congratulations to the entire staff of your magazine! You have all done a wonderful job of bringing informative and entertaining articles to dressage enthusiasts everywhere. I have subscriptions to several other dressage and eventing magazines and they do not compare with yours. Please continue with the fabulous articles; they really are fantastic.

M. Brooks, Joliet, IL

I have been receiving WT since the first issue and am thrilled to be hearing so many personal stories from Warmblood owners. I must admit, however, that whenever I pull the issue out of my mailbox, the first thing I turn to is the Warmblood Whoas column. I can’t help myself! I can usually read it between my mailbox and front door while trying to not chuckle so loud that the neighbors think I’m crazy! I especially appreciated the most recent “Whoa” about bloodlines and gene pool as we have a 16-year-old daughter who is starting to date. It’s funny how I have thought about the gene pool when looking at a horse but haven’t been focused on genes of the young “stallions” trying to court our daughter. Thanks again for a great read. I can’t wait for the next issue!

Deb Turcott Young, Pembroke, NH

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