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Jocelyn and her 12-year-old

Hanoverian Springfeld were competing in Wellington, Florida, in February of this year. She and her striking 17.2-hand chestnut were doing well in Adult Equitation, when she noticed he was acting “funny” about his dinner one Friday evening. “Although he wasn’t lying down, we had to keep checking on him during the night because we weren’t sure how colicky he was,” says Jocelyn. The next day he still wasn’t right and by Saturday afternoon she and the vet decided it could be serious, maybe even an intestinal twist. “I felt a twinge of panic,” she reports, “when the vet looked at me and said ‘we better get him to a clinic!’” “The last thing one needs is to worry about running

around looking for a way to get your loved one transported. I had my horse trailer at the show but not my truck, so I thought we were stuck when someone said to call HEART,” she continues. “I needed to get him to Dr. Byron Reid’s clinic nearby, and HEART was there in less than ten minutes. I was amazed at how compassionate

EMTs are always on call for people, so why not for the horses?”

as well as professional the staff was. Knowing that HEART was an option was so settling that it made that part of the situation so much easier. In no time we were en route to Byron Reid & Associates, and it turns out that there were five horses that day

brought in for colic. It was strange that it happened to be a full moon, and sadly a couple of the horses didn’t make it through,” she reports. Springfeld was one of the lucky ones. He was at the clinic for three days on I.V. fluids until his release.

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Lynn, Nita, Lucy, Karen and Jocelyn all agree that

HEART is a wonderful service that they weren’t aware of until they were in need of help—sort of like the guardian angel they didn’t know they had. One might say that HEART has wings of angels, perhaps with an alternate acronym just as fitting as the first: Helping Equines At the

Right Time.

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For more information on HEART, visit their website:

www.equineambulance.com

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