Sunday, March 28, 2010

Spring Vaccination Clinic

2010 has started off with a more enjoyable visit to the University of Illinois Large Animal Hospital. It was the Horse Vaccination Clinic.
Typically when I go to the U of I Vet Medicine school, it is late Sunday night and an emergency. I do not know why horses seem to pick that time, but that's how it happens.
As any one can tell you, going to hospital for an emergency is no fun. Picking up horses after they are all better is a more relaxing visit but then you also have to deal with the financial part so business cools the atmosphere.The vets at the college always go that extra mile and if I do my part by identifying and bringing a horse in at the onset of a problem, they are able to resolve the problems and return a healthy horse to me. I strongly recommend them whenever anyone asks about my experiences there.
My appointment was 11 AM, so I arrived about 15 minutes early with four minis in the trailer. There were about a dozen vets and students (I will refer to all of them as vets to keep this simple) outside waiting for the next wave of arrivals. It was amazing how many I knew by name since generally I do not see all of them in one place at one time.
I went in, visited with the staff inside and filled out the paperwork. They are always very pleasant, but when you are engaged with serious problems you are pretty focused on what you are doing. This this time the atmosphere was very upbeat and cheerful in spite of the fact they had to work on Saturday.

When I returned to the trailer there were more vets in the trailer than horses...minis seem to attract the attention.
The vets had already started the regular exams: checking temperatures, teeth and taking fecal samples.
Paperwork for vaccinations reached the vets and with two on each horse all the vaccinations were given, blood work for coggins were drawn and the event was over in record time. As we were finishing up the next wave of trailers started to line up and staff were already starting to work on the paperwork. The sun was out, the weather perfect and the whole event seemed to be well organized. Next time though, I think I might bring donuts for the gang, it was more like a celebration than business and everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun
Thanks to the U of I Large Animal Hospital vets and staff.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The MiniVan

If you type the command "define:minivan" in Google it will show the definitions of the word after the colon. One of the definitions for minivan states:
  • A minivan, multi-purpose vehicle (abbreviated MPV), people-carrier, people-movers or multi-utility vehiche (shortened MUV) is a type of automobile...

I think they overlooked one very important function: mini-mover...(see photo above). Toad Hill's Rusty Spot gets ready to go to his new home in Wisconsin.
And don't believe this is one time right--> : like father like daughter.
Below is one of Rusty's fillies, Toad Hill's Run for the Roses, she just wanted to go for a ride with me and the grandkids.

But wait...Rusty's family of minis are not the only ones who enjoy riding..DQ (below) enjoys a riding now and again. When we delivered her and her foal to a friend in Andalusia illinois we took both her and her filly in the van instead of hooking up the stock trailer.

The first photo of DQ (black/white pinto) shows just her, but the second shows DQ with her blue roan filly.