Testimonials

At Reid and Associates Equine Clinic our goal is to develop lasting relationships with our customers. We do this by providing the best care for your horse. Here are a few stories about how we've helped people and their horses.

Double H Farm has relied on Dr. Byron Reid & Associates of Loxahatchee, FL, to care for our successful string of international show, sales and breeding horses for more than 13 years. Each year, Double H Farm travels from our home base in Ridgefield, Ct., to our winter home in Wellington, FL, to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival. While in Florida, we count on Dr. Reid & Associates to keep our hunters, jumpers and breeding stallions competing comfortably and successfully at the highest levels. As world-class athletes, our horses require the best veterinary care available. Dr. Reid and his team consistently provide skilled, knowledgable and professional veterinary services, complemented by caring and thorough attention from his staff of nurses and technicians. The individual attention each horse receives is an integral part of our program.

 

Samara Blum

Manager of Double H Farm

 

My first experiences with trying to get my mares pregnant while using another local veterinary clinic was not only stressful, expensive, but also unsuccessful. I blew thousands of dollars and missed two whole breeding seasons. When I was recommended to use Dr. Erin Newkirk, I was skeptical, especially because I was unfamiliar with her clinic. Dr. Newkirk successfully harvested embryos from my competition mare ON THE FIRST TRY, as well as successfully harvesting embryos from several of my clients' and friends' mares. Additionally, Dr. Newkirk trained my 3 year old stallion to collect using their "phantom" and was able to freeze semen as well as cool and ship all over the USA. Besides Dr. Newkirks high success rate, she was wonderful to work with, very accommodating and most importantly, up-beat and positive. The clinic was clean, tidy and the staff was very professional and helpful.

 

Caroline V. Roffman, Lionshare Dressage

It is with great pleasure that I have had Dr. Byron Reid as my veterinarian for over fifteen years. At Searidge Farms, we handle a large number of horses both during season and throughout the long summer months. Dr. Reid has always been there for my horses in every capacity....from lameness issues to colic surgery.

 

I contribute a large part of our success in the show ring to the dedication and knowledge with which Dr. Reid treats our horses. He always explains the medical situation in depth and we discuss the appropriate path to take so I always feel updated and informed.

 

I owe a big thank you to Reid and Associates for the care they take with our horses.

 

Patty Vatterott, Searidge Farms

Having owned my “high maintenance” thoroughbred, Montego, for nine years, I have had a lot of experience with a variety of veterinarians.  For the past several years, I have dealt with Reid and Associates, in particular, Dr. Raul Casas-Dolz  and his staff.  I can only say that I am very thankful to have such experience and resources available to me and my horse.

 

Dr. Casas and staff have provided such quality care, which included arthroscopic surgery on my horse.  I have felt very comfortable that Montego was in the best hands because Dr. Casas has always demonstrated a very methodical, step-by-step approach to identify my horse’s lameness issues and gastrointestinal problem.  He also has, when necessary, consulted with other prominent veterinarians in more difficult diagnoses.  In addition, he and his staff have always expressed a lot of concern and care in every medical situation.

One unforgettable experience was an emergency situation where Montego needed to get to the clinic ASAP on a Sunday when Dr. Casas was not working.  The clinic informed him of the problem, and after speaking to him on the phone he decided to hop on his motorcycle and come from Loxahatchee to Delray Beach (at least 30 miles or more) to help me trailer load my “not so great at getting on a trailer” thoroughbred in order to get him to the clinic.  I will never forget his act of kindness in that stressful situation. I am very thankful to Dr. Casas and his staff for their continued care.

 

Ellen Meyers

When I came to Florida with my horses this winter, 2013, I needed a vet for a swollen eye which is very scary, my regular vet was not in town and she recommended Dr. Patipa, this began a wonderful relationship between myself, Dr. Patipa, and my regular vet Dr. Cohen which I'm sure will last a very long time. Dr. Patipa was so warm and caring I was immediately relieved. She and the rest of the staff continued to be available to us with such ease, and professionalism.

 

Ellen Toon, JT Farms

I would like to thank Dr. Raul Casas and the wonderful people at Reid and Associates for their kind, caring attention to my Westphalien mare, Morena. She had to have two emergency surgeries, both of which she miraculously came thru with flying colors!

 

Dr. Lynn Luce, Artistic Director/Conductor

Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra

Cell – 954-347-2202

Byron Reid and Associates provides unparalleled equine veterinary care to the equestrian community of Florida. The caring and compassionate veterinarians and staff treat your horse as if it was their own. They will guide you every step of the way with your horses care with honesty and integrity. I've had the priveledge of meeting each dedicated veterinarian in the practice and their care is truly exceptional. Dr. Leah Patipas clinical intuition, expertise diagnostics and excellent management guided my horse through his hospitalization this spring to a full recovery. The state of the art hyperbaric oxygen chamber provided my horse with therapy that is unavailable anywhere else and made a tremendous improvement in his health and recovery. Whether for a routine vaccination or a major illness I would trust no one else but Reid and Associates to care for my horses.

 

Dr. Ana Lisa Carr

Dear Team Reid!

My horse and I succeeded in our chosen discipline mainly thanks to your dedication to your profession, your diligence as well as attention to detail, not to forget a good dose of common sense and humor!

Thanks for all your effort that exceeded my expectations by far!

 

Chris Curiger & Helios

To Everyone at the Reid Clinic; especially Dr. Byron Reid, Dr. Leah Patipa and Dr. Axel Beccar-Valera,

 

I wanted to thank each and every one of you, for the excellent care you always exhibit when treating   my horses. It’s so nice to know that when I call, you’re either there in a flash to visit the farm, or quickly there with a return call to answer my questions by phone. This year was such a success for me on so many levels, with my horse Chapeau. He has fast tracked to the show ring, after a very successful “re-castration procedure” at the clinic.

 

After the surgery, we never looked back- attitude, movement, jumping form, athleticism, all of it, has improved by leaps and bounds, and this year he will be in the First Year Green Division at WEF! We are very excited about his future! I’m sure his case was presented at “Rounds” during one of your Monday morning breakfasts at Gabriels- all while Dr. Reid shook his head in disbelief that it worked!  lol

 

We may have removed the adhesions he had, but we still haven’t gotten him to stop his past-time in the paddocks... sitting.

 

Kathy and Tommy Serio

Our experience with Reid and Associates was first class in all regards. From diagnosis to treatment to followup care, every detail was meticulously addressed. Should the need arise, we would strongly recommend Reid and Associates to care for your horse.

 

Team Millar

It is very difficult to put in words my appreciation for your doctors and staff but I will do my best.

 

I have been a client of Reid and Associates for over 15 years. I have come to know doctors Reid, Casas and Newkirk very will over the years and am now getting to know Dr. Patika and Dr. Axel Beccar. Let me start by saying, I am convinced that I would have already lost my 30 year old quarter horse (Eddie) and my Lusitano Stallion without their guidance and expertise.

 

No matter what has happened with my horses, big or small, they drop everything and work as a team to make sure that my most precious possessions have the best care possible. It does not matter, day or night they are available 24/7. I take comfort in the fact that they have a full service clinic, which includes a hyperberic chamber and a surgery suite.

It is a pleasure to deal with doctors who have nothing but respect and compassion for their patients and clients. Not to mention they listen to their clients and I find that, that is instrumental in diagnostics and treatment plans.

 

Most recently I imported a mare from Germany. She had a very bad journey and suffered multiple injuries whilst in flight. Every single doctor, intern and technician worked together to stabilize her and get her on the path to recovery.

 

Dr. Reid has assembled a world class diversified team of professionals backed up by equally competent support staff. They have my wholehearted recommendation.

 

With Kindest Regards,

Shelly Swetnam and Tony Mitchell – Boxer Point Farms

As a customer for over twenty-five years, this last year has firmed my resolve that Dr. Casas and staff are care-giving healers. Last year my horse, Valentina developed squamous cell carcinoma, common in horses with nonpigmented skin. Sites were face (eyelids and muzzle), and required weekly treatments cryotherapy (freezing) followed by surgery and Cisplatin beads implants. The photos show pre-treatment at eye and muzzle. [Post treatment photos are available, but may not be appealing to general audience.]

 

Dr. Casas and staff went way beyond their "normal" practice to care not only for Valentina, but also help me deal with this problem. My horse trailer was not in shape to be used. The staff understood the importance of timely treatment and helped us by transporting Valentina to and from the clinic/hospital. They made every attempt to save her eye and I am grateful. Dr. Casas checked in with me daily for two weeks after her surgery to see how she was doing.

 

It was comforting to feel like he was also checking in on me! This caring, compassionate doctor and his staff made a difference saving Valentina. I will be forever grateful. In these economic times, horse care is very costly; they worked with me for a positive outcome for my horse and their payment. They have one loyal customer reaffirmed by this last year and I highly recommend them for large animal veterinary care!

 

Barbara Herring

 

"I had just purchased a lovely 5-year-old Warmblood. I hadn't even finished paying for him," Ruth Mack recalled. "I live in California, and I'd shipped him with the rest of my barn's horses to Wellington for WEF in 2009, just to start training him as a jumper." The groom noticed he was spiking a high fever every morning and called a veterinarian. "He had pleurisy, both lungs full of fluid, and was going downhill fast," Mack said. "Everyone thought he was a goner. Someone even advised me to just let him go. Then I brought him to Dr. Reid's veterinary practice. They had just built the hyperbaric chamber, and asked permission to use it on him. He was their first patient. By then he was a bag of bones. He stayed there eight to nine months. Now he's fine and gorgeous, 100 percent recovered. It absolutely saved his life. That facility and those vets are amazing."

 

The hyperbaric chamber, owned jointly by Dr. Byron Reid and Dr. Meg Miller Turpin, looks like a giant concrete pressure cooker, about 14 feet high by 12 feet in diameter, with portholes like diving bells. It uses pure oxygen under pressure to enhance healing in serious wounds, injuries and infections.

 

"This isn't like putting an oxygen mask on your face," Turpin explained. "By increasing the pressure all around the body, it compresses the oxygen into smaller bubbles, which then saturates the hemoglobin and all the tissues, increasing circulation. Racehorse trainers use it for bleeders, horses who routinely pop blood vessels in their lungs. It's very effective in promoting healing in abscesses and large infections, especially in bones, hooves and similar inaccessible places. It's great with non-healing, traumatized or necrotizing wounds. It enhances the use of antibiotics and promotes healing. We also use it post-op after colic surgery, for pneumonia, laminitis, spider or snake bites, smoke inhalation from a barn fire or bad swellings."

 

There are some risks involved. The horse can't have any metal, oil or lotions on him in the chamber, which means he gets a thorough bath, has his shoes pulled and wears a special cotton halter before going in. With all that pure oxygen under pressure, the least little spark could be catastrophic. But the staff takes great pains to make sure everything goes right. And the horses seem to like it.

 

"Most of them stand quietly," Turpin said. "We may lightly sedate them the first time, but most walk in willingly. We watch them closely on a video camera. Each treatment usually takes about an hour. It takes about seven minutes to get them down to one or two atmospheres, where they stay for about 45 minutes, then seven minutes to bring the pressure back to normal, like ascending in scuba diving. It's safe and effective. Horses typically emerge sweating, but relaxed."

 

Turpin said some horses need only one treatment; some need three to five. A normal protocol might run one treatment per day for five days. More aggressive treatment might require two treatments per day. It all depends. And it's used not alone, but in conjunction with traditional treatments. It costs $500 per session, and after 10, you get two free sessions.

 

Carol Cohen of Wellington owned Two Swans Farm. "I had one horse colic badly, with a blockage," she recalled. "Impresario was a Grand Prix horse who'd shown on the USET team. He was 19 at the time. He went into the hyperbaric chamber immediately after surgery, and it greatly helped his healing. He was schooling again three months later. He healed quickly and recovered completely." It was also used on a mare, Trophia, with awful summer sores. "I thought, 'Let's give the chamber a try,' and she healed up quickly," Cohen said. "It also helped another of my horses, Daddy, who had lymphangitis so badly he couldn't even walk. One hind leg was swollen to three times normal. He was at death's door. They put him on IV antibiotics and used the chamber twice daily. It saved his life. Three weeks later, my daughter, Rebecca, rode him at the Junior National Championships in Gladstone, and he was Reserve National Champion. It was unbelievable."

 

To Cohen, the chamber is a lifesaver. "I think the chamber is just brilliant," she said. "It really works, and the horses enjoy it. They're always frisky and happy when they come out. The whole staff is very professional, extremely safe and knowledgeable. I never felt like my horses were at risk. They take incredible care."

 

Elizabeth Pignatiello is one of the vet techs in charge of the chamber. She has worked there for three years. "I like doing this," Pignatiello said. "I've seen some horses really benefit from it and some cool success stories, like bad pneumonia cases completely turned around. A lot of horses love it. They walk right in. We've also used it for other animals. Late one night, we got in a dog who had carbon dioxide poisoning. He didn't look like he'd make it, but he came running out with his tail wagging. We've also treated a couple of sea turtles brought in from the Loggerhead Marine Center. They did well."

 

Marcia Radosevich of Wellington also swears by the hyperbaric chamber. "I had an old Thoroughbred named Aronagian, a grandson of Secretariat, my horse of a lifetime," she recalled. "When he was 26, he developed a lesion in his hoof and started to founder. My farrier recommended the chamber. He had a treatment every day for a month, then three a week for a couple of weeks, then twice a week. It stopped the bone's rotation. He grew so much hoof it was insane. He lived to see his 27th birthday. It bought him time and peace." Radosevich would recommend the treatment to others. "I have nothing but great things to say about the chamber and staff," she said. "They're incredibly kind and generous, and treat each horse like it was their own. They're wonderful. I can't recommend them, and the chamber, highly enough."

Our team’s first priority is always the same.

The health and well-being of your horse.

 

Located minutes from the Winter Equestrian Festival and Global Dressage Festival showgrounds in Wellington, Florida

 

Reid and Associates Equine Clinic

1630 F Road

Loxahatchee, FL 33470

561-790-2226

 

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Testimonials

At Reid and Associates Equine Clinic our goal is to develop lasting relationships with our customers. We do this by providing the best care for your horse. Here are a few stories about how we've helped people and their horses.

Double H Farm has relied on Dr. Byron Reid & Associates of Loxahatchee, FL, to care for our successful string of international show, sales and breeding horses for more than 13 years. Each year, Double H Farm travels from our home base in Ridgefield, Ct., to our winter home in Wellington, FL, to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival. While in Florida, we count on Dr. Reid & Associates to keep our hunters, jumpers and breeding stallions competing comfortably and successfully at the highest levels. As world-class athletes, our horses require the best veterinary care available. Dr. Reid and his team consistently provide skilled, knowledgable and professional veterinary services, complemented by caring and thorough attention from his staff of nurses and technicians. The individual attention each horse receives is an integral part of our program.

 

Samara Blum

Manager of Double H Farm

 

My first experiences with trying to get my mares pregnant while using another local veterinary clinic was not only stressful, expensive, but also unsuccessful. I blew thousands of dollars and missed two whole breeding seasons. When I was recommended to use Dr. Erin Newkirk, I was skeptical, especially because I was unfamiliar with her clinic. Dr. Newkirk successfully harvested embryos from my competition mare ON THE FIRST TRY, as well as successfully harvesting embryos from several of my clients' and friends' mares. Additionally, Dr. Newkirk trained my 3 year old stallion to collect using their "phantom" and was able to freeze semen as well as cool and ship all over the USA. Besides Dr. Newkirks high success rate, she was wonderful to work with, very accommodating and most importantly, up-beat and positive. The clinic was clean, tidy and the staff was very professional and helpful.

 

Caroline V. Roffman, Lionshare Dressage

It is with great pleasure that I have had Dr. Byron Reid as my veterinarian for over fifteen years. At Searidge Farms, we handle a large number of horses both during season and throughout the long summer months. Dr. Reid has always been there for my horses in every capacity....from lameness issues to colic surgery.

 

I contribute a large part of our success in the show ring to the dedication and knowledge with which Dr. Reid treats our horses. He always explains the medical situation in depth and we discuss the appropriate path to take so I always feel updated and informed.

 

I owe a big thank you to Reid and Associates for the care they take with our horses.

 

Patty Vatterott, Searidge Farms

Having owned my “high maintenance” thoroughbred, Montego, for nine years, I have had a lot of experience with a variety of veterinarians.  For the past several years, I have dealt with Reid and Associates, in particular, Dr. Raul Casas-Dolz  and his staff.  I can only say that I am very thankful to have such experience and resources available to me and my horse.

 

Dr. Casas and staff have provided such quality care, which included arthroscopic surgery on my horse.  I have felt very comfortable that Montego was in the best hands because Dr. Casas has always demonstrated a very methodical, step-by-step approach to identify my horse’s lameness issues and gastrointestinal problem.  He also has, when necessary, consulted with other prominent veterinarians in more difficult diagnoses.  In addition, he and his staff have always expressed a lot of concern and care in every medical situation.

One unforgettable experience was an emergency situation where Montego needed to get to the clinic ASAP on a Sunday when Dr. Casas was not working.  The clinic informed him of the problem, and after speaking to him on the phone he decided to hop on his motorcycle and come from Loxahatchee to Delray Beach (at least 30 miles or more) to help me trailer load my “not so great at getting on a trailer” thoroughbred in order to get him to the clinic.  I will never forget his act of kindness in that stressful situation. I am very thankful to Dr. Casas and his staff for their continued care.

 

Ellen Meyers

When I came to Florida with my horses this winter, 2013, I needed a vet for a swollen eye which is very scary, my regular vet was not in town and she recommended Dr. Patipa, this began a wonderful relationship between myself, Dr. Patipa, and my regular vet Dr. Cohen which I'm sure will last a very long time. Dr. Patipa was so warm and caring I was immediately relieved. She and the rest of the staff continued to be available to us with such ease, and professionalism.

 

Ellen Toon, JT Farms

I would like to thank Dr. Raul Casas and the wonderful people at Reid and Associates for their kind, caring attention to my Westphalien mare, Morena. She had to have two emergency surgeries, both of which she miraculously came thru with flying colors!

 

Dr. Lynn Luce, Artistic Director/Conductor

Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra

Cell – 954-347-2202

Byron Reid and Associates provides unparalleled equine veterinary care to the equestrian community of Florida. The caring and compassionate veterinarians and staff treat your horse as if it was their own. They will guide you every step of the way with your horses care with honesty and integrity. I've had the priveledge of meeting each dedicated veterinarian in the practice and their care is truly exceptional. Dr. Leah Patipas clinical intuition, expertise diagnostics and excellent management guided my horse through his hospitalization this spring to a full recovery. The state of the art hyperbaric oxygen chamber provided my horse with therapy that is unavailable anywhere else and made a tremendous improvement in his health and recovery. Whether for a routine vaccination or a major illness I would trust no one else but Reid and Associates to care for my horses.

 

Dr. Ana Lisa Carr

Dear Team Reid!

My horse and I succeeded in our chosen discipline mainly thanks to your dedication to your profession, your diligence as well as attention to detail, not to forget a good dose of common sense and humor!

Thanks for all your effort that exceeded my expectations by far!

 

Chris Curiger & Helios

To Everyone at the Reid Clinic; especially Dr. Byron Reid, Dr. Leah Patipa and Dr. Axel Beccar-Valera,

 

I wanted to thank each and every one of you, for the excellent care you always exhibit when treating   my horses. It’s so nice to know that when I call, you’re either there in a flash to visit the farm, or quickly there with a return call to answer my questions by phone. This year was such a success for me on so many levels, with my horse Chapeau. He has fast tracked to the show ring, after a very successful “re-castration procedure” at the clinic.

 

After the surgery, we never looked back- attitude, movement, jumping form, athleticism, all of it, has improved by leaps and bounds, and this year he will be in the First Year Green Division at WEF! We are very excited about his future! I’m sure his case was presented at “Rounds” during one of your Monday morning breakfasts at Gabriels- all while Dr. Reid shook his head in disbelief that it worked!  lol

 

We may have removed the adhesions he had, but we still haven’t gotten him to stop his past-time in the paddocks... sitting.

 

Kathy and Tommy Serio

Our experience with Reid and Associates was first class in all regards. From diagnosis to treatment to followup care, every detail was meticulously addressed. Should the need arise, we would strongly recommend Reid and Associates to care for your horse.

 

Team Millar

It is very difficult to put in words my appreciation for your doctors and staff but I will do my best.

 

I have been a client of Reid and Associates for over 15 years. I have come to know doctors Reid, Casas and Newkirk very will over the years and am now getting to know Dr. Patika and Dr. Axel Beccar. Let me start by saying, I am convinced that I would have already lost my 30 year old quarter horse (Eddie) and my Lusitano Stallion without their guidance and expertise.

 

No matter what has happened with my horses, big or small, they drop everything and work as a team to make sure that my most precious possessions have the best care possible. It does not matter, day or night they are available 24/7. I take comfort in the fact that they have a full service clinic, which includes a hyperberic chamber and a surgery suite.

It is a pleasure to deal with doctors who have nothing but respect and compassion for their patients and clients. Not to mention they listen to their clients and I find that, that is instrumental in diagnostics and treatment plans.

 

Most recently I imported a mare from Germany. She had a very bad journey and suffered multiple injuries whilst in flight. Every single doctor, intern and technician worked together to stabilize her and get her on the path to recovery.

 

Dr. Reid has assembled a world class diversified team of professionals backed up by equally competent support staff. They have my wholehearted recommendation.

 

With Kindest Regards,

Shelly Swetnam and Tony Mitchell – Boxer Point Farms

As a customer for over twenty-five years, this last year has firmed my resolve that Dr. Casas and staff are care-giving healers. Last year my horse, Valentina developed squamous cell carcinoma, common in horses with nonpigmented skin. Sites were face (eyelids and muzzle), and required weekly treatments cryotherapy (freezing) followed by surgery and Cisplatin beads implants. The photos show pre-treatment at eye and muzzle. [Post treatment photos are available, but may not be appealing to general audience.]

 

Dr. Casas and staff went way beyond their "normal" practice to care not only for Valentina, but also help me deal with this problem. My horse trailer was not in shape to be used. The staff understood the importance of timely treatment and helped us by transporting Valentina to and from the clinic/hospital. They made every attempt to save her eye and I am grateful. Dr. Casas checked in with me daily for two weeks after her surgery to see how she was doing.

 

It was comforting to feel like he was also checking in on me! This caring, compassionate doctor and his staff made a difference saving Valentina. I will be forever grateful. In these economic times, horse care is very costly; they worked with me for a positive outcome for my horse and their payment. They have one loyal customer reaffirmed by this last year and I highly recommend them for large animal veterinary care!

 

Barbara Herring

 

"I had just purchased a lovely 5-year-old Warmblood. I hadn't even finished paying for him," Ruth Mack recalled. "I live in California, and I'd shipped him with the rest of my barn's horses to Wellington for WEF in 2009, just to start training him as a jumper." The groom noticed he was spiking a high fever every morning and called a veterinarian. "He had pleurisy, both lungs full of fluid, and was going downhill fast," Mack said. "Everyone thought he was a goner. Someone even advised me to just let him go. Then I brought him to Dr. Reid's veterinary practice. They had just built the hyperbaric chamber, and asked permission to use it on him. He was their first patient. By then he was a bag of bones. He stayed there eight to nine months. Now he's fine and gorgeous, 100 percent recovered. It absolutely saved his life. That facility and those vets are amazing."

 

The hyperbaric chamber, owned jointly by Dr. Byron Reid and Dr. Meg Miller Turpin, looks like a giant concrete pressure cooker, about 14 feet high by 12 feet in diameter, with portholes like diving bells. It uses pure oxygen under pressure to enhance healing in serious wounds, injuries and infections.

 

"This isn't like putting an oxygen mask on your face," Turpin explained. "By increasing the pressure all around the body, it compresses the oxygen into smaller bubbles, which then saturates the hemoglobin and all the tissues, increasing circulation. Racehorse trainers use it for bleeders, horses who routinely pop blood vessels in their lungs. It's very effective in promoting healing in abscesses and large infections, especially in bones, hooves and similar inaccessible places. It's great with non-healing, traumatized or necrotizing wounds. It enhances the use of antibiotics and promotes healing. We also use it post-op after colic surgery, for pneumonia, laminitis, spider or snake bites, smoke inhalation from a barn fire or bad swellings."

 

There are some risks involved. The horse can't have any metal, oil or lotions on him in the chamber, which means he gets a thorough bath, has his shoes pulled and wears a special cotton halter before going in. With all that pure oxygen under pressure, the least little spark could be catastrophic. But the staff takes great pains to make sure everything goes right. And the horses seem to like it.

 

"Most of them stand quietly," Turpin said. "We may lightly sedate them the first time, but most walk in willingly. We watch them closely on a video camera. Each treatment usually takes about an hour. It takes about seven minutes to get them down to one or two atmospheres, where they stay for about 45 minutes, then seven minutes to bring the pressure back to normal, like ascending in scuba diving. It's safe and effective. Horses typically emerge sweating, but relaxed."

 

Turpin said some horses need only one treatment; some need three to five. A normal protocol might run one treatment per day for five days. More aggressive treatment might require two treatments per day. It all depends. And it's used not alone, but in conjunction with traditional treatments. It costs $500 per session, and after 10, you get two free sessions.

 

Carol Cohen of Wellington owned Two Swans Farm. "I had one horse colic badly, with a blockage," she recalled. "Impresario was a Grand Prix horse who'd shown on the USET team. He was 19 at the time. He went into the hyperbaric chamber immediately after surgery, and it greatly helped his healing. He was schooling again three months later. He healed quickly and recovered completely." It was also used on a mare, Trophia, with awful summer sores. "I thought, 'Let's give the chamber a try,' and she healed up quickly," Cohen said. "It also helped another of my horses, Daddy, who had lymphangitis so badly he couldn't even walk. One hind leg was swollen to three times normal. He was at death's door. They put him on IV antibiotics and used the chamber twice daily. It saved his life. Three weeks later, my daughter, Rebecca, rode him at the Junior National Championships in Gladstone, and he was Reserve National Champion. It was unbelievable."

 

To Cohen, the chamber is a lifesaver. "I think the chamber is just brilliant," she said. "It really works, and the horses enjoy it. They're always frisky and happy when they come out. The whole staff is very professional, extremely safe and knowledgeable. I never felt like my horses were at risk. They take incredible care."

 

Elizabeth Pignatiello is one of the vet techs in charge of the chamber. She has worked there for three years. "I like doing this," Pignatiello said. "I've seen some horses really benefit from it and some cool success stories, like bad pneumonia cases completely turned around. A lot of horses love it. They walk right in. We've also used it for other animals. Late one night, we got in a dog who had carbon dioxide poisoning. He didn't look like he'd make it, but he came running out with his tail wagging. We've also treated a couple of sea turtles brought in from the Loggerhead Marine Center. They did well."

 

Marcia Radosevich of Wellington also swears by the hyperbaric chamber. "I had an old Thoroughbred named Aronagian, a grandson of Secretariat, my horse of a lifetime," she recalled. "When he was 26, he developed a lesion in his hoof and started to founder. My farrier recommended the chamber. He had a treatment every day for a month, then three a week for a couple of weeks, then twice a week. It stopped the bone's rotation. He grew so much hoof it was insane. He lived to see his 27th birthday. It bought him time and peace." Radosevich would recommend the treatment to others. "I have nothing but great things to say about the chamber and staff," she said. "They're incredibly kind and generous, and treat each horse like it was their own. They're wonderful. I can't recommend them, and the chamber, highly enough."

Testimonials

At Reid and Associates Equine Clinic our goal is to develop lasting relationships with our customers. We do this by providing the best care for your horse. Here are a few stories about how we've helped people and their horses.

Double H Farm has relied on Dr. Byron Reid & Associates of Loxahatchee, FL, to care for our successful string of international show, sales and breeding horses for more than 13 years. Each year, Double H Farm travels from our home base in Ridgefield, Ct., to our winter home in Wellington, FL, to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival. While in Florida, we count on Dr. Reid & Associates to keep our hunters, jumpers and breeding stallions competing comfortably and successfully at the highest levels. As world-class athletes, our horses require the best veterinary care available. Dr. Reid and his team consistently provide skilled, knowledgable and professional veterinary services, complemented by caring and thorough attention from his staff of nurses and technicians. The individual attention each horse receives is an integral part of our program.

 

Samara Blum

Manager of Double H Farm

 

My first experiences with trying to get my mares pregnant while using another local veterinary clinic was not only stressful, expensive, but also unsuccessful. I blew thousands of dollars and missed two whole breeding seasons. When I was recommended to use Dr. Erin Newkirk, I was skeptical, especially because I was unfamiliar with her clinic. Dr. Newkirk successfully harvested embryos from my competition mare ON THE FIRST TRY, as well as successfully harvesting embryos from several of my clients' and friends' mares. Additionally, Dr. Newkirk trained my 3 year old stallion to collect using their "phantom" and was able to freeze semen as well as cool and ship all over the USA. Besides Dr. Newkirks high success rate, she was wonderful to work with, very accommodating and most importantly, up-beat and positive. The clinic was clean, tidy and the staff was very professional and helpful.

 

Caroline V. Roffman, Lionshare Dressage

 

It is with great pleasure that I have had Dr. Byron Reid as my veterinarian for over fifteen years. At Searidge Farms, we handle a large number of horses both during season and throughout the long summer months. Dr. Reid has always been there for my horses in every capacity....from lameness issues to colic surgery.

 

I contribute a large part of our success in the show ring to the dedication and knowledge with which Dr. Reid treats our horses. He always explains the medical situation in depth and we discuss the appropriate path to take so I always feel updated and informed.

 

I owe a big thank you to Reid and Associates for the care they take with our horses.

 

Patty Vatterott, Searidge Farms

 

Having owned my “high maintenance” thoroughbred, Montego, for nine years, I have had a lot of experience with a variety of veterinarians.  For the past several years, I have dealt with Reid and Associates, in particular, Dr. Raul Casas-Dolz  and his staff.  I can only say that I am very thankful to have such experience and resources available to me and my horse.

 

Dr. Casas and staff have provided such quality care, which included arthroscopic surgery on my horse.  I have felt very comfortable that Montego was in the best hands because Dr. Casas has always demonstrated a very methodical, step-by-step approach to identify my horse’s lameness issues and gastrointestinal problem.  He also has, when necessary, consulted with other prominent veterinarians in more difficult diagnoses.  In addition, he and his staff have always expressed a lot of concern and care in every medical situation.

 

One unforgettable experience was an emergency situation where Montego needed to get to the clinic ASAP on a Sunday when Dr. Casas was not working.  The clinic informed him of the problem, and after speaking to him on the phone he decided to hop on his motorcycle and come from Loxahatchee to Delray Beach (at least 30 miles or more) to help me trailer load my “not so great at getting on a trailer” thoroughbred in order to get him to the clinic.  I will never forget his act of kindness in that stressful situation. I am very thankful to Dr. Casas and his staff for their continued care.

 

Ellen Meyers

 

When I came to Florida with my horses this winter, 2013, I needed a vet for a swollen eye which is very scary, my regular vet was not in town and she recommended Dr. Patipa, this began a wonderful relationship between myself, Dr. Patipa, and my regular vet Dr. Cohen which I'm sure will last a very long time. Dr. Patipa was so warm and caring I was immediately relieved. She and the rest of the staff continued to be available to us with such ease, and professionalism.

 

Ellen Toon, JT Farms

 

I would like to thank Dr. Raul Casas and the wonderful people at Reid and Associates for their kind, caring attention to my Westphalien mare, Morena. She had to have two emergency surgeries, both of which she miraculously came thru with flying colors!

 

Dr. Lynn Luce, Artistic Director/Conductor

Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra

Cell – 954-347-2202

 

Byron Reid and Associates provides unparalleled equine veterinary care to the equestrian community of Florida. The caring and compassionate veterinarians and staff treat your horse as if it was their own. They will guide you every step of the way with your horses care with honesty and integrity. I've had the priveledge of meeting each dedicated veterinarian in the practice and their care is truly exceptional. Dr. Leah Patipas clinical intuition, expertise diagnostics and excellent management guided my horse through his hospitalization this spring to a full recovery. The state of the art hyperbaric oxygen chamber provided my horse with therapy that is unavailable anywhere else and made a tremendous improvement in his health and recovery. Whether for a routine vaccination or a major illness I would trust no one else but Reid and Associates to care for my horses.

 

Dr. Ana Lisa Carr

 

Dear Team Reid!

My horse and I succeeded in our chosen discipline mainly thanks to your dedication to your profession, your diligence as well as attention to detail, not to forget a good dose of common sense and humor!

Thanks for all your effort that exceeded my expectations by far!

 

Chris Curiger & Helios

 

 

 

 

To Everyone at the Reid Clinic; especially Dr. Byron Reid, Dr. Leah Patipa and Dr. Axel Beccar-Valera,

 

I wanted to thank each and every one of you, for the excellent care you always exhibit when treating   my horses. It’s so nice to know that when I call, you’re either there in a flash to visit the farm, or quickly there with a return call to answer my questions by phone. This year was such a success for me on so many levels, with my horse Chapeau. He has fast tracked to the show ring, after a very successful “re-castration procedure” at the clinic.

 

After the surgery, we never looked back- attitude, movement, jumping form, athleticism, all of it, has improved by leaps and bounds, and this year he will be in the First Year Green Division at WEF! We are very excited about his future! I’m sure his case was presented at “Rounds” during one of your Monday morning breakfasts at Gabriels- all while Dr. Reid shook his head in disbelief that it worked!  lol

 

We may have removed the adhesions he had, but we still haven’t gotten him to stop his past-time in the paddocks... sitting.

 

Kathy and Tommy Serio

 

 

 

 

Our experience with Reid and Associates was first class in all regards. From diagnosis to treatment to followup care, every detail was meticulously addressed. Should the need arise, we would strongly recommend Reid and Associates to care for your horse.

 

Team Millar

 

It is very difficult to put in words my appreciation for your doctors and staff but I will do my best.

 

I have been a client of Reid and Associates for over 15 years. I have come to know doctors Reid, Casas and Newkirk very will over the years and am now getting to know Dr. Patika and Dr. Axel Beccar. Let me start by saying, I am convinced that I would have already lost my 30 year old quarter horse (Eddie) and my Lusitano Stallion without their guidance and expertise.

 

No matter what has happened with my horses, big or small, they drop everything and work as a team to make sure that my most precious possessions have the best care possible. It does not matter, day or night they are available 24/7. I take comfort in the fact that they have a full service clinic, which includes a hyperberic chamber and a surgery suite.

 

It is a pleasure to deal with doctors who have nothing but respect and compassion for their patients and clients. Not to mention they listen to their clients and I find that, that is instrumental in diagnostics and treatment plans.

 

Most recently I imported a mare from Germany. She had a very bad journey and suffered multiple injuries whilst in flight. Every single doctor, intern and technician worked together to stabilize her and get her on the path to recovery.

 

Dr. Reid has assembled a world class diversified team of professionals backed up by equally competent support staff. They have my wholehearted recommendation.

 

With Kindest Regards,

Shelly Swetnam and Tony Mitchell – Boxer Point Farms

 

As a customer for over twenty-five years, this last year has firmed my resolve that Dr. Casas and staff are care-giving healers. Last year my horse, Valentina developed squamous cell carcinoma, common in horses with nonpigmented skin. Sites were face (eyelids and muzzle), and required weekly treatments cryotherapy (freezing) followed by surgery and Cisplatin beads implants. The photos show pre-treatment at eye and muzzle. [Post treatment photos are available, but may not be appealing to general audience.]

 

Dr. Casas and staff went way beyond their "normal" practice to care not only for Valentina, but also help me deal with this problem. My horse trailer was not in shape to be used. The staff understood the importance of timely treatment and helped us by transporting Valentina to and from the clinic/hospital. They made every attempt to save her eye and I am grateful. Dr. Casas checked in with me daily for two weeks after her surgery to see how she was doing.

 

It was comforting to feel like he was also checking in on me! This caring, compassionate doctor and his staff made a difference saving Valentina. I will be forever grateful. In these economic times, horse care is very costly; they worked with me for a positive outcome for my horse and their payment. They have one loyal customer reaffirmed by this last year and I highly recommend them for large animal veterinary care!

 

Barbara Herring

 

 

"I had just purchased a lovely 5-year-old Warmblood. I hadn't even finished paying for him," Ruth Mack recalled. "I live in California, and I'd shipped him with the rest of my barn's horses to Wellington for WEF in 2009, just to start training him as a jumper." The groom noticed he was spiking a high fever every morning and called a veterinarian. "He had pleurisy, both lungs full of fluid, and was going downhill fast," Mack said. "Everyone thought he was a goner. Someone even advised me to just let him go. Then I brought him to Dr. Reid's veterinary practice. They had just built the hyperbaric chamber, and asked permission to use it on him. He was their first patient. By then he was a bag of bones. He stayed there eight to nine months. Now he's fine and gorgeous, 100 percent recovered. It absolutely saved his life. That facility and those vets are amazing."

 

The hyperbaric chamber, owned jointly by Dr. Byron Reid and Dr. Meg Miller Turpin, looks like a giant concrete pressure cooker, about 14 feet high by 12 feet in diameter, with portholes like diving bells. It uses pure oxygen under pressure to enhance healing in serious wounds, injuries and infections.

 

"This isn't like putting an oxygen mask on your face," Turpin explained. "By increasing the pressure all around the body, it compresses the oxygen into smaller bubbles, which then saturates the hemoglobin and all the tissues, increasing circulation. Racehorse trainers use it for bleeders, horses who routinely pop blood vessels in their lungs. It's very effective in promoting healing in abscesses and large infections, especially in bones, hooves and similar inaccessible places. It's great with non-healing, traumatized or necrotizing wounds. It enhances the use of antibiotics and promotes healing. We also use it post-op after colic surgery, for pneumonia, laminitis, spider or snake bites, smoke inhalation from a barn fire or bad swellings."

 

There are some risks involved. The horse can't have any metal, oil or lotions on him in the chamber, which means he gets a thorough bath, has his shoes pulled and wears a special cotton halter before going in. With all that pure oxygen under pressure, the least little spark could be catastrophic. But the staff takes great pains to make sure everything goes right. And the horses seem to like it.

 

"Most of them stand quietly," Turpin said. "We may lightly sedate them the first time, but most walk in willingly. We watch them closely on a video camera. Each treatment usually takes about an hour. It takes about seven minutes to get them down to one or two atmospheres, where they stay for about 45 minutes, then seven minutes to bring the pressure back to normal, like ascending in scuba diving. It's safe and effective. Horses typically emerge sweating, but relaxed."

 

Turpin said some horses need only one treatment; some need three to five. A normal protocol might run one treatment per day for five days. More aggressive treatment might require two treatments per day. It all depends. And it's used not alone, but in conjunction with traditional treatments. It costs $500 per session, and after 10, you get two free sessions.

 

Carol Cohen of Wellington owned Two Swans Farm. "I had one horse colic badly, with a blockage," she recalled. "Impresario was a Grand Prix horse who'd shown on the USET team. He was 19 at the time. He went into the hyperbaric chamber immediately after surgery, and it greatly helped his healing. He was schooling again three months later. He healed quickly and recovered completely." It was also used on a mare, Trophia, with awful summer sores. "I thought, 'Let's give the chamber a try,' and she healed up quickly," Cohen said. "It also helped another of my horses, Daddy, who had lymphangitis so badly he couldn't even walk. One hind leg was swollen to three times normal. He was at death's door. They put him on IV antibiotics and used the chamber twice daily. It saved his life. Three weeks later, my daughter, Rebecca, rode him at the Junior National Championships in Gladstone, and he was Reserve National Champion. It was unbelievable."

 

To Cohen, the chamber is a lifesaver. "I think the chamber is just brilliant," she said. "It really works, and the horses enjoy it. They're always frisky and happy when they come out. The whole staff is very professional, extremely safe and knowledgeable. I never felt like my horses were at risk. They take incredible care."

 

Elizabeth Pignatiello is one of the vet techs in charge of the chamber. She has worked there for three years. "I like doing this," Pignatiello said. "I've seen some horses really benefit from it and some cool success stories, like bad pneumonia cases completely turned around. A lot of horses love it. They walk right in. We've also used it for other animals. Late one night, we got in a dog who had carbon dioxide poisoning. He didn't look like he'd make it, but he came running out with his tail wagging. We've also treated a couple of sea turtles brought in from the Loggerhead Marine Center. They did well."

 

Marcia Radosevich of Wellington also swears by the hyperbaric chamber. "I had an old Thoroughbred named Aronagian, a grandson of Secretariat, my horse of a lifetime," she recalled. "When he was 26, he developed a lesion in his hoof and started to founder. My farrier recommended the chamber. He had a treatment every day for a month, then three a week for a couple of weeks, then twice a week. It stopped the bone's rotation. He grew so much hoof it was insane. He lived to see his 27th birthday. It bought him time and peace." Radosevich would recommend the treatment to others. "I have nothing but great things to say about the chamber and staff," she said. "They're incredibly kind and generous, and treat each horse like it was their own. They're wonderful. I can't recommend them, and the chamber, highly enough."

 

Testimonials

At Reid and Associates Equine Clinic our goal is to develop lasting relationships with our customers. We do this by providing the best care for your horse. Here are a few stories about how we've helped people and their horses.

Double H Farm has relied on Dr. Byron Reid & Associates of Loxahatchee, FL, to care for our successful string of international show, sales and breeding horses for more than 13 years. Each year, Double H Farm travels from our home base in Ridgefield, Ct., to our winter home in Wellington, FL, to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival. While in Florida, we count on Dr. Reid & Associates to keep our hunters, jumpers and breeding stallions competing comfortably and successfully at the highest levels. As world-class athletes, our horses require the best veterinary care available. Dr. Reid and his team consistently provide skilled, knowledgable and professional veterinary services, complemented by caring and thorough attention from his staff of nurses and technicians. The individual attention each horse receives is an integral part of our program.

 

Samara Blum

Manager of Double H Farm

 

My first experiences with trying to get my mares pregnant while using another local veterinary clinic was not only stressful, expensive, but also unsuccessful. I blew thousands of dollars and missed two whole breeding seasons. When I was recommended to use Dr. Erin Newkirk, I was skeptical, especially because I was unfamiliar with her clinic. Dr. Newkirk successfully harvested embryos from my competition mare ON THE FIRST TRY, as well as successfully harvesting embryos from several of my clients' and friends' mares. Additionally, Dr. Newkirk trained my 3 year old stallion to collect using their "phantom" and was able to freeze semen as well as cool and ship all over the USA. Besides Dr. Newkirks high success rate, she was wonderful to work with, very accommodating and most importantly, up-beat and positive. The clinic was clean, tidy and the staff was very professional and helpful.

 

Caroline V. Roffman, Lionshare Dressage

It is with great pleasure that I have had Dr. Byron Reid as my veterinarian for over fifteen years. At Searidge Farms, we handle a large number of horses both during season and throughout the long summer months. Dr. Reid has always been there for my horses in every capacity....from lameness issues to colic surgery.

 

I contribute a large part of our success in the show ring to the dedication and knowledge with which Dr. Reid treats our horses. He always explains the medical situation in depth and we discuss the appropriate path to take so I always feel updated and informed.

 

I owe a big thank you to Reid and Associates for the care they take with our horses.

 

Patty Vatterott, Searidge Farms

Having owned my “high maintenance” thoroughbred, Montego, for nine years, I have had a lot of experience with a variety of veterinarians.  For the past several years, I have dealt with Reid and Associates, in particular, Dr. Raul Casas-Dolz  and his staff.  I can only say that I am very thankful to have such experience and resources available to me and my horse.

 

Dr. Casas and staff have provided such quality care, which included arthroscopic surgery on my horse.  I have felt very comfortable that Montego was in the best hands because Dr. Casas has always demonstrated a very methodical, step-by-step approach to identify my horse’s lameness issues and gastrointestinal problem.  He also has, when necessary, consulted with other prominent veterinarians in more difficult diagnoses.  In addition, he and his staff have always expressed a lot of concern and care in every medical situation.

One unforgettable experience was an emergency situation where Montego needed to get to the clinic ASAP on a Sunday when Dr. Casas was not working.  The clinic informed him of the problem, and after speaking to him on the phone he decided to hop on his motorcycle and come from Loxahatchee to Delray Beach (at least 30 miles or more) to help me trailer load my “not so great at getting on a trailer” thoroughbred in order to get him to the clinic.  I will never forget his act of kindness in that stressful situation. I am very thankful to Dr. Casas and his staff for their continued care.

 

Ellen Meyers

When I came to Florida with my horses this winter, 2013, I needed a vet for a swollen eye which is very scary, my regular vet was not in town and she recommended Dr. Patipa, this began a wonderful relationship between myself, Dr. Patipa, and my regular vet Dr. Cohen which I'm sure will last a very long time. Dr. Patipa was so warm and caring I was immediately relieved. She and the rest of the staff continued to be available to us with such ease, and professionalism.

 

Ellen Toon, JT Farms

I would like to thank Dr. Raul Casas and the wonderful people at Reid and Associates for their kind, caring attention to my Westphalien mare, Morena. She had to have two emergency surgeries, both of which she miraculously came thru with flying colors!

 

Dr. Lynn Luce, Artistic Director/Conductor

Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra

Cell – 954-347-2202

Byron Reid and Associates provides unparalleled equine veterinary care to the equestrian community of Florida. The caring and compassionate veterinarians and staff treat your horse as if it was their own. They will guide you every step of the way with your horses care with honesty and integrity. I've had the priveledge of meeting each dedicated veterinarian in the practice and their care is truly exceptional. Dr. Leah Patipas clinical intuition, expertise diagnostics and excellent management guided my horse through his hospitalization this spring to a full recovery. The state of the art hyperbaric oxygen chamber provided my horse with therapy that is unavailable anywhere else and made a tremendous improvement in his health and recovery. Whether for a routine vaccination or a major illness I would trust no one else but Reid and Associates to care for my horses.

 

Dr. Ana Lisa Carr

Dear Team Reid!

My horse and I succeeded in our chosen discipline mainly thanks to your dedication to your profession, your diligence as well as attention to detail, not to forget a good dose of common sense and humor!

Thanks for all your effort that exceeded my expectations by far!

 

Chris Curiger & Helios

To Everyone at the Reid Clinic; especially Dr. Byron Reid, Dr. Leah Patipa and Dr. Axel Beccar-Valera,

 

I wanted to thank each and every one of you, for the excellent care you always exhibit when treating   my horses. It’s so nice to know that when I call, you’re either there in a flash to visit the farm, or quickly there with a return call to answer my questions by phone. This year was such a success for me on so many levels, with my horse Chapeau. He has fast tracked to the show ring, after a very successful “re-castration procedure” at the clinic.

 

After the surgery, we never looked back- attitude, movement, jumping form, athleticism, all of it, has improved by leaps and bounds, and this year he will be in the First Year Green Division at WEF! We are very excited about his future! I’m sure his case was presented at “Rounds” during one of your Monday morning breakfasts at Gabriels- all while Dr. Reid shook his head in disbelief that it worked!  lol

 

We may have removed the adhesions he had, but we still haven’t gotten him to stop his past-time in the paddocks... sitting.

 

Kathy and Tommy Serio

Our experience with Reid and Associates was first class in all regards. From diagnosis to treatment to followup care, every detail was meticulously addressed. Should the need arise, we would strongly recommend Reid and Associates to care for your horse.

 

Team Millar

It is very difficult to put in words my appreciation for your doctors and staff but I will do my best.

 

I have been a client of Reid and Associates for over 15 years. I have come to know doctors Reid, Casas and Newkirk very will over the years and am now getting to know Dr. Patika and Dr. Axel Beccar. Let me start by saying, I am convinced that I would have already lost my 30 year old quarter horse (Eddie) and my Lusitano Stallion without their guidance and expertise.

 

No matter what has happened with my horses, big or small, they drop everything and work as a team to make sure that my most precious possessions have the best care possible. It does not matter, day or night they are available 24/7. I take comfort in the fact that they have a full service clinic, which includes a hyperberic chamber and a surgery suite.

It is a pleasure to deal with doctors who have nothing but respect and compassion for their patients and clients. Not to mention they listen to their clients and I find that, that is instrumental in diagnostics and treatment plans.

 

Most recently I imported a mare from Germany. She had a very bad journey and suffered multiple injuries whilst in flight. Every single doctor, intern and technician worked together to stabilize her and get her on the path to recovery.

 

Dr. Reid has assembled a world class diversified team of professionals backed up by equally competent support staff. They have my wholehearted recommendation.

 

With Kindest Regards,

Shelly Swetnam and Tony Mitchell – Boxer Point Farms

As a customer for over twenty-five years, this last year has firmed my resolve that Dr. Casas and staff are care-giving healers. Last year my horse, Valentina developed squamous cell carcinoma, common in horses with nonpigmented skin. Sites were face (eyelids and muzzle), and required weekly treatments cryotherapy (freezing) followed by surgery and Cisplatin beads implants. The photos show pre-treatment at eye and muzzle. [Post treatment photos are available, but may not be appealing to general audience.]

 

Dr. Casas and staff went way beyond their "normal" practice to care not only for Valentina, but also help me deal with this problem. My horse trailer was not in shape to be used. The staff understood the importance of timely treatment and helped us by transporting Valentina to and from the clinic/hospital. They made every attempt to save her eye and I am grateful. Dr. Casas checked in with me daily for two weeks after her surgery to see how she was doing.

 

It was comforting to feel like he was also checking in on me! This caring, compassionate doctor and his staff made a difference saving Valentina. I will be forever grateful. In these economic times, horse care is very costly; they worked with me for a positive outcome for my horse and their payment. They have one loyal customer reaffirmed by this last year and I highly recommend them for large animal veterinary care!

 

Barbara Herring

 

"I had just purchased a lovely 5-year-old Warmblood. I hadn't even finished paying for him," Ruth Mack recalled. "I live in California, and I'd shipped him with the rest of my barn's horses to Wellington for WEF in 2009, just to start training him as a jumper." The groom noticed he was spiking a high fever every morning and called a veterinarian. "He had pleurisy, both lungs full of fluid, and was going downhill fast," Mack said. "Everyone thought he was a goner. Someone even advised me to just let him go. Then I brought him to Dr. Reid's veterinary practice. They had just built the hyperbaric chamber, and asked permission to use it on him. He was their first patient. By then he was a bag of bones. He stayed there eight to nine months. Now he's fine and gorgeous, 100 percent recovered. It absolutely saved his life. That facility and those vets are amazing."

 

The hyperbaric chamber, owned jointly by Dr. Byron Reid and Dr. Meg Miller Turpin, looks like a giant concrete pressure cooker, about 14 feet high by 12 feet in diameter, with portholes like diving bells. It uses pure oxygen under pressure to enhance healing in serious wounds, injuries and infections.

 

"This isn't like putting an oxygen mask on your face," Turpin explained. "By increasing the pressure all around the body, it compresses the oxygen into smaller bubbles, which then saturates the hemoglobin and all the tissues, increasing circulation. Racehorse trainers use it for bleeders, horses who routinely pop blood vessels in their lungs. It's very effective in promoting healing in abscesses and large infections, especially in bones, hooves and similar inaccessible places. It's great with non-healing, traumatized or necrotizing wounds. It enhances the use of antibiotics and promotes healing. We also use it post-op after colic surgery, for pneumonia, laminitis, spider or snake bites, smoke inhalation from a barn fire or bad swellings."

 

There are some risks involved. The horse can't have any metal, oil or lotions on him in the chamber, which means he gets a thorough bath, has his shoes pulled and wears a special cotton halter before going in. With all that pure oxygen under pressure, the least little spark could be catastrophic. But the staff takes great pains to make sure everything goes right. And the horses seem to like it.

 

"Most of them stand quietly," Turpin said. "We may lightly sedate them the first time, but most walk in willingly. We watch them closely on a video camera. Each treatment usually takes about an hour. It takes about seven minutes to get them down to one or two atmospheres, where they stay for about 45 minutes, then seven minutes to bring the pressure back to normal, like ascending in scuba diving. It's safe and effective. Horses typically emerge sweating, but relaxed."

 

Turpin said some horses need only one treatment; some need three to five. A normal protocol might run one treatment per day for five days. More aggressive treatment might require two treatments per day. It all depends. And it's used not alone, but in conjunction with traditional treatments. It costs $500 per session, and after 10, you get two free sessions.

 

Carol Cohen of Wellington owned Two Swans Farm. "I had one horse colic badly, with a blockage," she recalled. "Impresario was a Grand Prix horse who'd shown on the USET team. He was 19 at the time. He went into the hyperbaric chamber immediately after surgery, and it greatly helped his healing. He was schooling again three months later. He healed quickly and recovered completely." It was also used on a mare, Trophia, with awful summer sores. "I thought, 'Let's give the chamber a try,' and she healed up quickly," Cohen said. "It also helped another of my horses, Daddy, who had lymphangitis so badly he couldn't even walk. One hind leg was swollen to three times normal. He was at death's door. They put him on IV antibiotics and used the chamber twice daily. It saved his life. Three weeks later, my daughter, Rebecca, rode him at the Junior National Championships in Gladstone, and he was Reserve National Champion. It was unbelievable."

 

To Cohen, the chamber is a lifesaver. "I think the chamber is just brilliant," she said. "It really works, and the horses enjoy it. They're always frisky and happy when they come out. The whole staff is very professional, extremely safe and knowledgeable. I never felt like my horses were at risk. They take incredible care."

 

Elizabeth Pignatiello is one of the vet techs in charge of the chamber. She has worked there for three years. "I like doing this," Pignatiello said. "I've seen some horses really benefit from it and some cool success stories, like bad pneumonia cases completely turned around. A lot of horses love it. They walk right in. We've also used it for other animals. Late one night, we got in a dog who had carbon dioxide poisoning. He didn't look like he'd make it, but he came running out with his tail wagging. We've also treated a couple of sea turtles brought in from the Loggerhead Marine Center. They did well."

 

Marcia Radosevich of Wellington also swears by the hyperbaric chamber. "I had an old Thoroughbred named Aronagian, a grandson of Secretariat, my horse of a lifetime," she recalled. "When he was 26, he developed a lesion in his hoof and started to founder. My farrier recommended the chamber. He had a treatment every day for a month, then three a week for a couple of weeks, then twice a week. It stopped the bone's rotation. He grew so much hoof it was insane. He lived to see his 27th birthday. It bought him time and peace." Radosevich would recommend the treatment to others. "I have nothing but great things to say about the chamber and staff," she said. "They're incredibly kind and generous, and treat each horse like it was their own. They're wonderful. I can't recommend them, and the chamber, highly enough."

Testimonials

At Reid and Associates Equine Clinic our goal is to develop lasting relationships with our customers. We do this by providing the best care for your horse. Here are a few stories about how we've helped people and their horses.

Double H Farm has relied on Dr. Byron Reid & Associates of Loxahatchee, FL, to care for our successful string of international show, sales and breeding horses for more than 13 years. Each year, Double H Farm travels from our home base in Ridgefield, Ct., to our winter home in Wellington, FL, to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival. While in Florida, we count on Dr. Reid & Associates to keep our hunters, jumpers and breeding stallions competing comfortably and successfully at the highest levels. As world-class athletes, our horses require the best veterinary care available. Dr. Reid and his team consistently provide skilled, knowledgable and professional veterinary services, complemented by caring and thorough attention from his staff of nurses and technicians. The individual attention each horse receives is an integral part of our program.

 

Samara Blum

Manager of Double H Farm

 

My first experiences with trying to get my mares pregnant while using another local veterinary clinic was not only stressful, expensive, but also unsuccessful. I blew thousands of dollars and missed two whole breeding seasons. When I was recommended to use Dr. Erin Newkirk, I was skeptical, especially because I was unfamiliar with her clinic. Dr. Newkirk successfully harvested embryos from my competition mare ON THE FIRST TRY, as well as successfully harvesting embryos from several of my clients' and friends' mares. Additionally, Dr. Newkirk trained my 3 year old stallion to collect using their "phantom" and was able to freeze semen as well as cool and ship all over the USA. Besides Dr. Newkirks high success rate, she was wonderful to work with, very accommodating and most importantly, up-beat and positive. The clinic was clean, tidy and the staff was very professional and helpful.

 

Caroline V. Roffman, Lionshare Dressage

It is with great pleasure that I have had Dr. Byron Reid as my veterinarian for over fifteen years. At Searidge Farms, we handle a large number of horses both during season and throughout the long summer months. Dr. Reid has always been there for my horses in every capacity....from lameness issues to colic surgery.

 

I contribute a large part of our success in the show ring to the dedication and knowledge with which Dr. Reid treats our horses. He always explains the medical situation in depth and we discuss the appropriate path to take so I always feel updated and informed.

 

I owe a big thank you to Reid and Associates for the care they take with our horses.

 

Having owned my “high maintenance” thoroughbred, Montego, for nine years, I have had a lot of experience with a variety of veterinarians.  For the past several years, I have dealt with Reid and Associates, in particular, Dr. Raul Casas-Dolz  and his staff.  I can only say that I am very thankful to have such experience and resources available to me and my horse.

 

One unforgettable experience was an emergency situation where Montego needed to get to the clinic ASAP on a Sunday when Dr. Casas was not working.  The clinic informed him of the problem, and after speaking to him on the phone he decided to hop on his motorcycle and come from Loxahatchee to Delray Beach (at least 30 miles or more) to help me trailer load my “not so great at getting on a trailer” thoroughbred in order to get him to the clinic.  I will never forget his act of kindness in that stressful situation. I am very thankful to Dr. Casas and his staff for their continued care.

 

When I came to Florida with my horses this winter, 2013, I needed a vet for a swollen eye which is very scary, my regular vet was not in town and she recommended Dr. Patipa, this began a wonderful relationship between myself, Dr. Patipa, and my regular vet Dr. Cohen which I'm sure will last a very long time. Dr. Patipa was so warm and caring I was immediately relieved. She and the rest of the staff continued to be available to us with such ease, and professionalism.

 

I would like to thank Dr. Raul Casas and the wonderful people at Reid and Associates for their kind, caring attention to my Westphalien mare, Morena. She had to have two emergency surgeries, both of which she miraculously came thru with flying colors!

 

Dr. Lynn Luce, Artistic Director/Conductor

Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra

Byron Reid and Associates provides unparalleled equine veterinary care to the equestrian community of Florida. The caring and compassionate veterinarians and staff treat your horse as if it was their own. They will guide you every step of the way with your horses care with honesty and integrity. I've had the priveledge of meeting each dedicated veterinarian in the practice and their care is truly exceptional. Dr. Leah Patipas clinical intuition, expertise diagnostics and excellent management guided my horse through his hospitalization this spring to a full recovery. The state of the art hyperbaric oxygen chamber provided my horse with therapy that is unavailable anywhere else and made a tremendous improvement in his health and recovery. Whether for a routine vaccination or a major illness I would trust no one else but Reid and Associates to care for my horses.

 

Dear Team Reid!

My horse and I succeeded in our chosen discipline mainly thanks to your dedication to your profession, your diligence as well as attention to detail, not to forget a good dose of common sense and humor!

Thanks for all your effort that exceeded my expectations by far!

 

To Everyone at the Reid Clinic; especially Dr. Byron Reid, Dr. Leah Patipa and Dr. Axel Beccar-Valera,

 

I wanted to thank each and every one of you, for the excellent care you always exhibit when treating   my horses. It’s so nice to know that when I call, you’re either there in a flash to visit the farm, or quickly there with a return call to answer my questions by phone. This year was such a success for me on so many levels, with my horse Chapeau. He has fast tracked to the show ring, after a very successful “re-castration procedure” at the clinic.

 

After the surgery, we never looked back- attitude, movement, jumping form, athleticism, all of it, has improved by leaps and bounds, and this year he will be in the First Year Green Division at WEF! We are very excited about his future! I’m sure his case was presented at “Rounds” during one of your Monday morning breakfasts at Gabriels- all while Dr. Reid shook his head in disbelief that it worked!  lol

 

We may have removed the adhesions he had, but we still haven’t gotten him to stop his past-time in the paddocks... sitting.

 

Our experience with Reid and Associates was first class in all regards. From diagnosis to treatment to followup care, every detail was meticulously addressed. Should the need arise, we would strongly recommend Reid and Associates to care for your horse.

 

It is very difficult to put in words my appreciation for your doctors and staff but I will do my best.

 

I have been a client of Reid and Associates for over 15 years. I have come to know doctors Reid, Casas and Newkirk very will over the years and am now getting to know Dr. Patika and Dr. Axel Beccar. Let me start by saying, I am convinced that I would have already lost my 30 year old quarter horse (Eddie) and my Lusitano Stallion without their guidance and expertise.

 

No matter what has happened with my horses, big or small, they drop everything and work as a team to make sure that my most precious possessions have the best care possible. It does not matter, day or night they are available 24/7. I take comfort in the fact that they have a full service clinic, which includes a hyperberic chamber and a surgery suite.

 

It is a pleasure to deal with doctors who have nothing but respect and compassion for their patients and clients. Not to mention they listen to their clients and I find that, that is instrumental in diagnostics and treatment plans.

 

Most recently I imported a mare from Germany. She had a very bad journey and suffered multiple injuries whilst in flight. Every single doctor, intern and technician worked together to stabilize her and get her on the path to recovery.

 

Dr. Reid has assembled a world class diversified team of professionals backed up by equally competent support staff. They have my wholehearted recommendation.

 

With Kindest Regards,

Shelly Swetnam and Tony Mitchell – Boxer Point Farms

As a customer for over twenty-five years, this last year has firmed my resolve that Dr. Casas and staff are care-giving healers. Last year my horse, Valentina developed squamous cell carcinoma, common in horses with nonpigmented skin. Sites were face (eyelids and muzzle), and required weekly treatments cryotherapy (freezing) followed by surgery and Cisplatin beads implants. The photos show pre-treatment at eye and muzzle. [Post treatment photos are available, but may not be appealing to general audience.]

 

Dr. Casas and staff went way beyond their "normal" practice to care not only for Valentina, but also help me deal with this problem. My horse trailer was not in shape to be used. The staff understood the importance of timely treatment and helped us by transporting Valentina to and from the clinic/hospital. They made every attempt to save her eye and I am grateful. Dr. Casas checked in with me daily for two weeks after her surgery to see how she was doing.

 

It was comforting to feel like he was also checking in on me! This caring, compassionate doctor and his staff made a difference saving Valentina. I will be forever grateful. In these economic times, horse care is very costly; they worked with me for a positive outcome for my horse and their payment. They have one loyal customer reaffirmed by this last year and I highly recommend them for large animal veterinary care!

 

 

"I had just purchased a lovely 5-year-old Warmblood. I hadn't even finished paying for him," Ruth Mack recalled. "I live in California, and I'd shipped him with the rest of my barn's horses to Wellington for WEF in 2009, just to start training him as a jumper." The groom noticed he was spiking a high fever every morning and called a veterinarian. "He had pleurisy, both lungs full of fluid, and was going downhill fast," Mack said. "Everyone thought he was a goner. Someone even advised me to just let him go. Then I brought him to Dr. Reid's veterinary practice. They had just built the hyperbaric chamber, and asked permission to use it on him. He was their first patient. By then he was a bag of bones. He stayed there eight to nine months. Now he's fine and gorgeous, 100 percent recovered. It absolutely saved his life. That facility and those vets are amazing."

 

The hyperbaric chamber, owned jointly by Dr. Byron Reid and Dr. Meg Miller Turpin, looks like a giant concrete pressure cooker, about 14 feet high by 12 feet in diameter, with portholes like diving bells. It uses pure oxygen under pressure to enhance healing in serious wounds, injuries and infections.

 

"This isn't like putting an oxygen mask on your face," Turpin explained. "By increasing the pressure all around the body, it compresses the oxygen into smaller bubbles, which then saturates the hemoglobin and all the tissues, increasing circulation. Racehorse trainers use it for bleeders, horses who routinely pop blood vessels in their lungs. It's very effective in promoting healing in abscesses and large infections, especially in bones, hooves and similar inaccessible places. It's great with non-healing, traumatized or necrotizing wounds. It enhances the use of antibiotics and promotes healing. We also use it post-op after colic surgery, for pneumonia, laminitis, spider or snake bites, smoke inhalation from a barn fire or bad swellings."

 

There are some risks involved. The horse can't have any metal, oil or lotions on him in the chamber, which means he gets a thorough bath, has his shoes pulled and wears a special cotton halter before going in. With all that pure oxygen under pressure, the least little spark could be catastrophic. But the staff takes great pains to make sure everything goes right. And the horses seem to like it.

 

"Most of them stand quietly," Turpin said. "We may lightly sedate them the first time, but most walk in willingly. We watch them closely on a video camera. Each treatment usually takes about an hour. It takes about seven minutes to get them down to one or two atmospheres, where they stay for about 45 minutes, then seven minutes to bring the pressure back to normal, like ascending in scuba diving. It's safe and effective. Horses typically emerge sweating, but relaxed."

 

Turpin said some horses need only one treatment; some need three to five. A normal protocol might run one treatment per day for five days. More aggressive treatment might require two treatments per day. It all depends. And it's used not alone, but in conjunction with traditional treatments. It costs $500 per session, and after 10, you get two free sessions.

 

Carol Cohen of Wellington owned Two Swans Farm. "I had one horse colic badly, with a blockage," she recalled. "Impresario was a Grand Prix horse who'd shown on the USET team. He was 19 at the time. He went into the hyperbaric chamber immediately after surgery, and it greatly helped his healing. He was schooling again three months later. He healed quickly and recovered completely." It was also used on a mare, Trophia, with awful summer sores. "I thought, 'Let's give the chamber a try,' and she healed up quickly," Cohen said. "It also helped another of my horses, Daddy, who had lymphangitis so badly he couldn't even walk. One hind leg was swollen to three times normal. He was at death's door. They put him on IV antibiotics and used the chamber twice daily. It saved his life. Three weeks later, my daughter, Rebecca, rode him at the Junior National Championships in Gladstone, and he was Reserve National Champion. It was unbelievable."

 

To Cohen, the chamber is a lifesaver. "I think the chamber is just brilliant," she said. "It really works, and the horses enjoy it. They're always frisky and happy when they come out. The whole staff is very professional, extremely safe and knowledgeable. I never felt like my horses were at risk. They take incredible care."

 

Elizabeth Pignatiello is one of the vet techs in charge of the chamber. She has worked there for three years. "I like doing this," Pignatiello said. "I've seen some horses really benefit from it and some cool success stories, like bad pneumonia cases completely turned around. A lot of horses love it. They walk right in. We've also used it for other animals. Late one night, we got in a dog who had carbon dioxide poisoning. He didn't look like he'd make it, but he came running out with his tail wagging. We've also treated a couple of sea turtles brought in from the Loggerhead Marine Center. They did well."

 

Testimonials

At Reid and Associates Equine Clinic our goal is to develop lasting relationships with our customers. We do this by providing the best care for your horse. Here are a few stories about how we've helped people and their horses.

Double H Farm has relied on Dr. Byron Reid & Associates of Loxahatchee, FL, to care for our successful string of international show, sales and breeding horses for more than 13 years. Each year, Double H Farm travels from our home base in Ridgefield, Ct., to our winter home in Wellington, FL, to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival. While in Florida, we count on Dr. Reid & Associates to keep our hunters, jumpers and breeding stallions competing comfortably and successfully at the highest levels. As world-class athletes, our horses require the best veterinary care available. Dr. Reid and his team consistently provide skilled, knowledgable and professional veterinary services, complemented by caring and thorough attention from his staff of nurses and technicians. The individual attention each horse receives is an integral part of our program.

 

Samara Blum

Manager of Double H Farm

 

My first experiences with trying to get my mares pregnant while using another local veterinary clinic was not only stressful, expensive, but also unsuccessful. I blew thousands of dollars and missed two whole breeding seasons. When I was recommended to use Dr. Erin Newkirk, I was skeptical, especially because I was unfamiliar with her clinic. Dr. Newkirk successfully harvested embryos from my competition mare ON THE FIRST TRY, as well as successfully harvesting embryos from several of my clients' and friends' mares. Additionally, Dr. Newkirk trained my 3 year old stallion to collect using their "phantom" and was able to freeze semen as well as cool and ship all over the USA. Besides Dr. Newkirks high success rate, she was wonderful to work with, very accommodating and most importantly, up-beat and positive. The clinic was clean, tidy and the staff was very professional and helpful.

 

Caroline V. Roffman, Lionshare Dressage

It is with great pleasure that I have had Dr. Byron Reid as my veterinarian for over fifteen years. At Searidge Farms, we handle a large number of horses both during season and throughout the long summer months. Dr. Reid has always been there for my horses in every capacity....from lameness issues to colic surgery.

 

I contribute a large part of our success in the show ring to the dedication and knowledge with which Dr. Reid treats our horses. He always explains the medical situation in depth and we discuss the appropriate path to take so I always feel updated and informed.

 

I owe a big thank you to Reid and Associates for the care they take with our horses.

 

Having owned my “high maintenance” thoroughbred, Montego, for nine years, I have had a lot of experience with a variety of veterinarians.  For the past several years, I have dealt with Reid and Associates, in particular, Dr. Raul Casas-Dolz  and his staff.  I can only say that I am very thankful to have such experience and resources available to me and my horse.

 

One unforgettable experience was an emergency situation where Montego needed to get to the clinic ASAP on a Sunday when Dr. Casas was not working.  The clinic informed him of the problem, and after speaking to him on the phone he decided to hop on his motorcycle and come from Loxahatchee to Delray Beach (at least 30 miles or more) to help me trailer load my “not so great at getting on a trailer” thoroughbred in order to get him to the clinic.  I will never forget his act of kindness in that stressful situation. I am very thankful to Dr. Casas and his staff for their continued care.

 

When I came to Florida with my horses this winter, 2013, I needed a vet for a swollen eye which is very scary, my regular vet was not in town and she recommended Dr. Patipa, this began a wonderful relationship between myself, Dr. Patipa, and my regular vet Dr. Cohen which I'm sure will last a very long time. Dr. Patipa was so warm and caring I was immediately relieved. She and the rest of the staff continued to be available to us with such ease, and professionalism.

 

I would like to thank Dr. Raul Casas and the wonderful people at Reid and Associates for their kind, caring attention to my Westphalien mare, Morena. She had to have two emergency surgeries, both of which she miraculously came thru with flying colors!

 

Dr. Lynn Luce, Artistic Director/Conductor

Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra

Byron Reid and Associates provides unparalleled equine veterinary care to the equestrian community of Florida. The caring and compassionate veterinarians and staff treat your horse as if it was their own. They will guide you every step of the way with your horses care with honesty and integrity. I've had the priveledge of meeting each dedicated veterinarian in the practice and their care is truly exceptional. Dr. Leah Patipas clinical intuition, expertise diagnostics and excellent management guided my horse through his hospitalization this spring to a full recovery. The state of the art hyperbaric oxygen chamber provided my horse with therapy that is unavailable anywhere else and made a tremendous improvement in his health and recovery. Whether for a routine vaccination or a major illness I would trust no one else but Reid and Associates to care for my horses.

 

Dear Team Reid!

My horse and I succeeded in our chosen discipline mainly thanks to your dedication to your profession, your diligence as well as attention to detail, not to forget a good dose of common sense and humor!

Thanks for all your effort that exceeded my expectations by far!

 

To Everyone at the Reid Clinic; especially Dr. Byron Reid, Dr. Leah Patipa and Dr. Axel Beccar-Valera,

 

I wanted to thank each and every one of you, for the excellent care you always exhibit when treating   my horses. It’s so nice to know that when I call, you’re either there in a flash to visit the farm, or quickly there with a return call to answer my questions by phone. This year was such a success for me on so many levels, with my horse Chapeau. He has fast tracked to the show ring, after a very successful “re-castration procedure” at the clinic.

 

After the surgery, we never looked back- attitude, movement, jumping form, athleticism, all of it, has improved by leaps and bounds, and this year he will be in the First Year Green Division at WEF! We are very excited about his future! I’m sure his case was presented at “Rounds” during one of your Monday morning breakfasts at Gabriels- all while Dr. Reid shook his head in disbelief that it worked!  lol

 

We may have removed the adhesions he had, but we still haven’t gotten him to stop his past-time in the paddocks... sitting.

 

Our experience with Reid and Associates was first class in all regards. From diagnosis to treatment to followup care, every detail was meticulously addressed. Should the need arise, we would strongly recommend Reid and Associates to care for your horse.

 

It is very difficult to put in words my appreciation for your doctors and staff but I will do my best.

 

I have been a client of Reid and Associates for over 15 years. I have come to know doctors Reid, Casas and Newkirk very will over the years and am now getting to know Dr. Patika and Dr. Axel Beccar. Let me start by saying, I am convinced that I would have already lost my 30 year old quarter horse (Eddie) and my Lusitano Stallion without their guidance and expertise.

 

No matter what has happened with my horses, big or small, they drop everything and work as a team to make sure that my most precious possessions have the best care possible. It does not matter, day or night they are available 24/7. I take comfort in the fact that they have a full service clinic, which includes a hyperberic chamber and a surgery suite.

 

It is a pleasure to deal with doctors who have nothing but respect and compassion for their patients and clients. Not to mention they listen to their clients and I find that, that is instrumental in diagnostics and treatment plans.

 

Most recently I imported a mare from Germany. She had a very bad journey and suffered multiple injuries whilst in flight. Every single doctor, intern and technician worked together to stabilize her and get her on the path to recovery.

 

Dr. Reid has assembled a world class diversified team of professionals backed up by equally competent support staff. They have my wholehearted recommendation.

 

With Kindest Regards,

Shelly Swetnam and Tony Mitchell – Boxer Point Farms

As a customer for over twenty-five years, this last year has firmed my resolve that Dr. Casas and staff are care-giving healers. Last year my horse, Valentina developed squamous cell carcinoma, common in horses with nonpigmented skin. Sites were face (eyelids and muzzle), and required weekly treatments cryotherapy (freezing) followed by surgery and Cisplatin beads implants. The photos show pre-treatment at eye and muzzle. [Post treatment photos are available, but may not be appealing to general audience.]

 

Dr. Casas and staff went way beyond their "normal" practice to care not only for Valentina, but also help me deal with this problem. My horse trailer was not in shape to be used. The staff understood the importance of timely treatment and helped us by transporting Valentina to and from the clinic/hospital. They made every attempt to save her eye and I am grateful. Dr. Casas checked in with me daily for two weeks after her surgery to see how she was doing.

 

It was comforting to feel like he was also checking in on me! This caring, compassionate doctor and his staff made a difference saving Valentina. I will be forever grateful. In these economic times, horse care is very costly; they worked with me for a positive outcome for my horse and their payment. They have one loyal customer reaffirmed by this last year and I highly recommend them for large animal veterinary care!

 

 

"I had just purchased a lovely 5-year-old Warmblood. I hadn't even finished paying for him," Ruth Mack recalled. "I live in California, and I'd shipped him with the rest of my barn's horses to Wellington for WEF in 2009, just to start training him as a jumper." The groom noticed he was spiking a high fever every morning and called a veterinarian. "He had pleurisy, both lungs full of fluid, and was going downhill fast," Mack said. "Everyone thought he was a goner. Someone even advised me to just let him go. Then I brought him to Dr. Reid's veterinary practice. They had just built the hyperbaric chamber, and asked permission to use it on him. He was their first patient. By then he was a bag of bones. He stayed there eight to nine months. Now he's fine and gorgeous, 100 percent recovered. It absolutely saved his life. That facility and those vets are amazing."

 

The hyperbaric chamber, owned jointly by Dr. Byron Reid and Dr. Meg Miller Turpin, looks like a giant concrete pressure cooker, about 14 feet high by 12 feet in diameter, with portholes like diving bells. It uses pure oxygen under pressure to enhance healing in serious wounds, injuries and infections.

 

"This isn't like putting an oxygen mask on your face," Turpin explained. "By increasing the pressure all around the body, it compresses the oxygen into smaller bubbles, which then saturates the hemoglobin and all the tissues, increasing circulation. Racehorse trainers use it for bleeders, horses who routinely pop blood vessels in their lungs. It's very effective in promoting healing in abscesses and large infections, especially in bones, hooves and similar inaccessible places. It's great with non-healing, traumatized or necrotizing wounds. It enhances the use of antibiotics and promotes healing. We also use it post-op after colic surgery, for pneumonia, laminitis, spider or snake bites, smoke inhalation from a barn fire or bad swellings."

 

There are some risks involved. The horse can't have any metal, oil or lotions on him in the chamber, which means he gets a thorough bath, has his shoes pulled and wears a special cotton halter before going in. With all that pure oxygen under pressure, the least little spark could be catastrophic. But the staff takes great pains to make sure everything goes right. And the horses seem to like it.

 

"Most of them stand quietly," Turpin said. "We may lightly sedate them the first time, but most walk in willingly. We watch them closely on a video camera. Each treatment usually takes about an hour. It takes about seven minutes to get them down to one or two atmospheres, where they stay for about 45 minutes, then seven minutes to bring the pressure back to normal, like ascending in scuba diving. It's safe and effective. Horses typically emerge sweating, but relaxed."

 

Turpin said some horses need only one treatment; some need three to five. A normal protocol might run one treatment per day for five days. More aggressive treatment might require two treatments per day. It all depends. And it's used not alone, but in conjunction with traditional treatments. It costs $500 per session, and after 10, you get two free sessions.

 

Carol Cohen of Wellington owned Two Swans Farm. "I had one horse colic badly, with a blockage," she recalled. "Impresario was a Grand Prix horse who'd shown on the USET team. He was 19 at the time. He went into the hyperbaric chamber immediately after surgery, and it greatly helped his healing. He was schooling again three months later. He healed quickly and recovered completely." It was also used on a mare, Trophia, with awful summer sores. "I thought, 'Let's give the chamber a try,' and she healed up quickly," Cohen said. "It also helped another of my horses, Daddy, who had lymphangitis so badly he couldn't even walk. One hind leg was swollen to three times normal. He was at death's door. They put him on IV antibiotics and used the chamber twice daily. It saved his life. Three weeks later, my daughter, Rebecca, rode him at the Junior National Championships in Gladstone, and he was Reserve National Champion. It was unbelievable."

 

To Cohen, the chamber is a lifesaver. "I think the chamber is just brilliant," she said. "It really works, and the horses enjoy it. They're always frisky and happy when they come out. The whole staff is very professional, extremely safe and knowledgeable. I never felt like my horses were at risk. They take incredible care."

 

Elizabeth Pignatiello is one of the vet techs in charge of the chamber. She has worked there for three years. "I like doing this," Pignatiello said. "I've seen some horses really benefit from it and some cool success stories, like bad pneumonia cases completely turned around. A lot of horses love it. They walk right in. We've also used it for other animals. Late one night, we got in a dog who had carbon dioxide poisoning. He didn't look like he'd make it, but he came running out with his tail wagging. We've also treated a couple of sea turtles brought in from the Loggerhead Marine Center. They did well."

 

Testimonials

At Reid and Associates Equine Clinic our goal is to develop lasting relationships with our customers. We do this by providing the best care for your horse. Here are a few stories about how we've helped people and their horses.

Double H Farm has relied on Dr. Byron Reid & Associates of Loxahatchee, FL, to care for our successful string of international show, sales and breeding horses for more than 13 years. Each year, Double H Farm travels from our home base in Ridgefield, Ct., to our winter home in Wellington, FL, to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival. While in Florida, we count on Dr. Reid & Associates to keep our hunters, jumpers and breeding stallions competing comfortably and successfully at the highest levels. As world-class athletes, our horses require the best veterinary care available. Dr. Reid and his team consistently provide skilled, knowledgable and professional veterinary services, complemented by caring and thorough attention from his staff of nurses and technicians. The individual attention each horse receives is an integral part of our program.

 

Samara Blum

Manager of Double H Farm

 

My first experiences with trying to get my mares pregnant while using another local veterinary clinic was not only stressful, expensive, but also unsuccessful. I blew thousands of dollars and missed two whole breeding seasons. When I was recommended to use Dr. Erin Newkirk, I was skeptical, especially because I was unfamiliar with her clinic. Dr. Newkirk successfully harvested embryos from my competition mare ON THE FIRST TRY, as well as successfully harvesting embryos from several of my clients' and friends' mares. Additionally, Dr. Newkirk trained my 3 year old stallion to collect using their "phantom" and was able to freeze semen as well as cool and ship all over the USA. Besides Dr. Newkirks high success rate, she was wonderful to work with, very accommodating and most importantly, up-beat and positive. The clinic was clean, tidy and the staff was very professional and helpful.

 

Caroline V. Roffman, Lionshare Dressage

It is with great pleasure that I have had Dr. Byron Reid as my veterinarian for over fifteen years. At Searidge Farms, we handle a large number of horses both during season and throughout the long summer months. Dr. Reid has always been there for my horses in every capacity....from lameness issues to colic surgery.

 

I contribute a large part of our success in the show ring to the dedication and knowledge with which Dr. Reid treats our horses. He always explains the medical situation in depth and we discuss the appropriate path to take so I always feel updated and informed.

 

I owe a big thank you to Reid and Associates for the care they take with our horses.

 

Having owned my “high maintenance” thoroughbred, Montego, for nine years, I have had a lot of experience with a variety of veterinarians.  For the past several years, I have dealt with Reid and Associates, in particular, Dr. Raul Casas-Dolz  and his staff.  I can only say that I am very thankful to have such experience and resources available to me and my horse.

 

One unforgettable experience was an emergency situation where Montego needed to get to the clinic ASAP on a Sunday when Dr. Casas was not working.  The clinic informed him of the problem, and after speaking to him on the phone he decided to hop on his motorcycle and come from Loxahatchee to Delray Beach (at least 30 miles or more) to help me trailer load my “not so great at getting on a trailer” thoroughbred in order to get him to the clinic.  I will never forget his act of kindness in that stressful situation. I am very thankful to Dr. Casas and his staff for their continued care.

 

When I came to Florida with my horses this winter, 2013, I needed a vet for a swollen eye which is very scary, my regular vet was not in town and she recommended Dr. Patipa, this began a wonderful relationship between myself, Dr. Patipa, and my regular vet Dr. Cohen which I'm sure will last a very long time. Dr. Patipa was so warm and caring I was immediately relieved. She and the rest of the staff continued to be available to us with such ease, and professionalism.

 

I would like to thank Dr. Raul Casas and the wonderful people at Reid and Associates for their kind, caring attention to my Westphalien mare, Morena. She had to have two emergency surgeries, both of which she miraculously came thru with flying colors!

 

Dr. Lynn Luce, Artistic Director/Conductor

Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra

Byron Reid and Associates provides unparalleled equine veterinary care to the equestrian community of Florida. The caring and compassionate veterinarians and staff treat your horse as if it was their own. They will guide you every step of the way with your horses care with honesty and integrity. I've had the priveledge of meeting each dedicated veterinarian in the practice and their care is truly exceptional. Dr. Leah Patipas clinical intuition, expertise diagnostics and excellent management guided my horse through his hospitalization this spring to a full recovery. The state of the art hyperbaric oxygen chamber provided my horse with therapy that is unavailable anywhere else and made a tremendous improvement in his health and recovery. Whether for a routine vaccination or a major illness I would trust no one else but Reid and Associates to care for my horses.

 

Dear Team Reid!

My horse and I succeeded in our chosen discipline mainly thanks to your dedication to your profession, your diligence as well as attention to detail, not to forget a good dose of common sense and humor!

Thanks for all your effort that exceeded my expectations by far!

 

To Everyone at the Reid Clinic; especially Dr. Byron Reid, Dr. Leah Patipa and Dr. Axel Beccar-Valera,

 

I wanted to thank each and every one of you, for the excellent care you always exhibit when treating   my horses. It’s so nice to know that when I call, you’re either there in a flash to visit the farm, or quickly there with a return call to answer my questions by phone. This year was such a success for me on so many levels, with my horse Chapeau. He has fast tracked to the show ring, after a very successful “re-castration procedure” at the clinic.

 

After the surgery, we never looked back- attitude, movement, jumping form, athleticism, all of it, has improved by leaps and bounds, and this year he will be in the First Year Green Division at WEF! We are very excited about his future! I’m sure his case was presented at “Rounds” during one of your Monday morning breakfasts at Gabriels- all while Dr. Reid shook his head in disbelief that it worked!  lol

 

We may have removed the adhesions he had, but we still haven’t gotten him to stop his past-time in the paddocks... sitting.

 

Our experience with Reid and Associates was first class in all regards. From diagnosis to treatment to followup care, every detail was meticulously addressed. Should the need arise, we would strongly recommend Reid and Associates to care for your horse.

 

It is very difficult to put in words my appreciation for your doctors and staff but I will do my best.

 

I have been a client of Reid and Associates for over 15 years. I have come to know doctors Reid, Casas and Newkirk very will over the years and am now getting to know Dr. Patika and Dr. Axel Beccar. Let me start by saying, I am convinced that I would have already lost my 30 year old quarter horse (Eddie) and my Lusitano Stallion without their guidance and expertise.

 

No matter what has happened with my horses, big or small, they drop everything and work as a team to make sure that my most precious possessions have the best care possible. It does not matter, day or night they are available 24/7. I take comfort in the fact that they have a full service clinic, which includes a hyperberic chamber and a surgery suite.

 

It is a pleasure to deal with doctors who have nothing but respect and compassion for their patients and clients. Not to mention they listen to their clients and I find that, that is instrumental in diagnostics and treatment plans.

 

Most recently I imported a mare from Germany. She had a very bad journey and suffered multiple injuries whilst in flight. Every single doctor, intern and technician worked together to stabilize her and get her on the path to recovery.

 

Dr. Reid has assembled a world class diversified team of professionals backed up by equally competent support staff. They have my wholehearted recommendation.

 

With Kindest Regards,

Shelly Swetnam and Tony Mitchell – Boxer Point Farms

As a customer for over twenty-five years, this last year has firmed my resolve that Dr. Casas and staff are care-giving healers. Last year my horse, Valentina developed squamous cell carcinoma, common in horses with nonpigmented skin. Sites were face (eyelids and muzzle), and required weekly treatments cryotherapy (freezing) followed by surgery and Cisplatin beads implants. The photos show pre-treatment at eye and muzzle. [Post treatment photos are available, but may not be appealing to general audience.]

 

Dr. Casas and staff went way beyond their "normal" practice to care not only for Valentina, but also help me deal with this problem. My horse trailer was not in shape to be used. The staff understood the importance of timely treatment and helped us by transporting Valentina to and from the clinic/hospital. They made every attempt to save her eye and I am grateful. Dr. Casas checked in with me daily for two weeks after her surgery to see how she was doing.

 

It was comforting to feel like he was also checking in on me! This caring, compassionate doctor and his staff made a difference saving Valentina. I will be forever grateful. In these economic times, horse care is very costly; they worked with me for a positive outcome for my horse and their payment. They have one loyal customer reaffirmed by this last year and I highly recommend them for large animal veterinary care!

 

 

"I had just purchased a lovely 5-year-old Warmblood. I hadn't even finished paying for him," Ruth Mack recalled. "I live in California, and I'd shipped him with the rest of my barn's horses to Wellington for WEF in 2009, just to start training him as a jumper." The groom noticed he was spiking a high fever every morning and called a veterinarian. "He had pleurisy, both lungs full of fluid, and was going downhill fast," Mack said. "Everyone thought he was a goner. Someone even advised me to just let him go. Then I brought him to Dr. Reid's veterinary practice. They had just built the hyperbaric chamber, and asked permission to use it on him. He was their first patient. By then he was a bag of bones. He stayed there eight to nine months. Now he's fine and gorgeous, 100 percent recovered. It absolutely saved his life. That facility and those vets are amazing."

 

The hyperbaric chamber, owned jointly by Dr. Byron Reid and Dr. Meg Miller Turpin, looks like a giant concrete pressure cooker, about 14 feet high by 12 feet in diameter, with portholes like diving bells. It uses pure oxygen under pressure to enhance healing in serious wounds, injuries and infections.

 

"This isn't like putting an oxygen mask on your face," Turpin explained. "By increasing the pressure all around the body, it compresses the oxygen into smaller bubbles, which then saturates the hemoglobin and all the tissues, increasing circulation. Racehorse trainers use it for bleeders, horses who routinely pop blood vessels in their lungs. It's very effective in promoting healing in abscesses and large infections, especially in bones, hooves and similar inaccessible places. It's great with non-healing, traumatized or necrotizing wounds. It enhances the use of antibiotics and promotes healing. We also use it post-op after colic surgery, for pneumonia, laminitis, spider or snake bites, smoke inhalation from a barn fire or bad swellings."

 

There are some risks involved. The horse can't have any metal, oil or lotions on him in the chamber, which means he gets a thorough bath, has his shoes pulled and wears a special cotton halter before going in. With all that pure oxygen under pressure, the least little spark could be catastrophic. But the staff takes great pains to make sure everything goes right. And the horses seem to like it.

 

"Most of them stand quietly," Turpin said. "We may lightly sedate them the first time, but most walk in willingly. We watch them closely on a video camera. Each treatment usually takes about an hour. It takes about seven minutes to get them down to one or two atmospheres, where they stay for about 45 minutes, then seven minutes to bring the pressure back to normal, like ascending in scuba diving. It's safe and effective. Horses typically emerge sweating, but relaxed."

 

Turpin said some horses need only one treatment; some need three to five. A normal protocol might run one treatment per day for five days. More aggressive treatment might require two treatments per day. It all depends. And it's used not alone, but in conjunction with traditional treatments. It costs $500 per session, and after 10, you get two free sessions.

 

Carol Cohen of Wellington owned Two Swans Farm. "I had one horse colic badly, with a blockage," she recalled. "Impresario was a Grand Prix horse who'd shown on the USET team. He was 19 at the time. He went into the hyperbaric chamber immediately after surgery, and it greatly helped his healing. He was schooling again three months later. He healed quickly and recovered completely." It was also used on a mare, Trophia, with awful summer sores. "I thought, 'Let's give the chamber a try,' and she healed up quickly," Cohen said. "It also helped another of my horses, Daddy, who had lymphangitis so badly he couldn't even walk. One hind leg was swollen to three times normal. He was at death's door. They put him on IV antibiotics and used the chamber twice daily. It saved his life. Three weeks later, my daughter, Rebecca, rode him at the Junior National Championships in Gladstone, and he was Reserve National Champion. It was unbelievable."

 

To Cohen, the chamber is a lifesaver. "I think the chamber is just brilliant," she said. "It really works, and the horses enjoy it. They're always frisky and happy when they come out. The whole staff is very professional, extremely safe and knowledgeable. I never felt like my horses were at risk. They take incredible care."

 

Elizabeth Pignatiello is one of the vet techs in charge of the chamber. She has worked there for three years. "I like doing this," Pignatiello said. "I've seen some horses really benefit from it and some cool success stories, like bad pneumonia cases completely turned around. A lot of horses love it. They walk right in. We've also used it for other animals. Late one night, we got in a dog who had carbon dioxide poisoning. He didn't look like he'd make it, but he came running out with his tail wagging. We've also treated a couple of sea turtles brought in from the Loggerhead Marine Center. They did well."

 

Testimonials

At Reid and Associates Equine Clinic our goal is to develop lasting relationships with our customers. We do this by providing the best care for your horse. Here are a few stories about how we've helped people and their horses.

Double H Farm has relied on Dr. Byron Reid & Associates of Loxahatchee, FL, to care for our successful string of international show, sales and breeding horses for more than 13 years. Each year, Double H Farm travels from our home base in Ridgefield, Ct., to our winter home in Wellington, FL, to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival. While in Florida, we count on Dr. Reid & Associates to keep our hunters, jumpers and breeding stallions competing comfortably and successfully at the highest levels. As world-class athletes, our horses require the best veterinary care available. Dr. Reid and his team consistently provide skilled, knowledgable and professional veterinary services, complemented by caring and thorough attention from his staff of nurses and technicians. The individual attention each horse receives is an integral part of our program.

 

Samara Blum

Manager of Double H Farm

 

My first experiences with trying to get my mares pregnant while using another local veterinary clinic was not only stressful, expensive, but also unsuccessful. I blew thousands of dollars and missed two whole breeding seasons. When I was recommended to use Dr. Erin Newkirk, I was skeptical, especially because I was unfamiliar with her clinic. Dr. Newkirk successfully harvested embryos from my competition mare ON THE FIRST TRY, as well as successfully harvesting embryos from several of my clients' and friends' mares. Additionally, Dr. Newkirk trained my 3 year old stallion to collect using their "phantom" and was able to freeze semen as well as cool and ship all over the USA. Besides Dr. Newkirks high success rate, she was wonderful to work with, very accommodating and most importantly, up-beat and positive. The clinic was clean, tidy and the staff was very professional and helpful.

 

Caroline V. Roffman, Lionshare Dressage

It is with great pleasure that I have had Dr. Byron Reid as my veterinarian for over fifteen years. At Searidge Farms, we handle a large number of horses both during season and throughout the long summer months. Dr. Reid has always been there for my horses in every capacity....from lameness issues to colic surgery.

 

I contribute a large part of our success in the show ring to the dedication and knowledge with which Dr. Reid treats our horses. He always explains the medical situation in depth and we discuss the appropriate path to take so I always feel updated and informed.

 

I owe a big thank you to Reid and Associates for the care they take with our horses.

 

Having owned my “high maintenance” thoroughbred, Montego, for nine years, I have had a lot of experience with a variety of veterinarians.  For the past several years, I have dealt with Reid and Associates, in particular, Dr. Raul Casas-Dolz  and his staff.  I can only say that I am very thankful to have such experience and resources available to me and my horse.

 

One unforgettable experience was an emergency situation where Montego needed to get to the clinic ASAP on a Sunday when Dr. Casas was not working.  The clinic informed him of the problem, and after speaking to him on the phone he decided to hop on his motorcycle and come from Loxahatchee to Delray Beach (at least 30 miles or more) to help me trailer load my “not so great at getting on a trailer” thoroughbred in order to get him to the clinic.  I will never forget his act of kindness in that stressful situation. I am very thankful to Dr. Casas and his staff for their continued care.

 

When I came to Florida with my horses this winter, 2013, I needed a vet for a swollen eye which is very scary, my regular vet was not in town and she recommended Dr. Patipa, this began a wonderful relationship between myself, Dr. Patipa, and my regular vet Dr. Cohen which I'm sure will last a very long time. Dr. Patipa was so warm and caring I was immediately relieved. She and the rest of the staff continued to be available to us with such ease, and professionalism.

 

I would like to thank Dr. Raul Casas and the wonderful people at Reid and Associates for their kind, caring attention to my Westphalien mare, Morena. She had to have two emergency surgeries, both of which she miraculously came thru with flying colors!

 

Dr. Lynn Luce, Artistic Director/Conductor

Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra

Byron Reid and Associates provides unparalleled equine veterinary care to the equestrian community of Florida. The caring and compassionate veterinarians and staff treat your horse as if it was their own. They will guide you every step of the way with your horses care with honesty and integrity. I've had the priveledge of meeting each dedicated veterinarian in the practice and their care is truly exceptional. Dr. Leah Patipas clinical intuition, expertise diagnostics and excellent management guided my horse through his hospitalization this spring to a full recovery. The state of the art hyperbaric oxygen chamber provided my horse with therapy that is unavailable anywhere else and made a tremendous improvement in his health and recovery. Whether for a routine vaccination or a major illness I would trust no one else but Reid and Associates to care for my horses.

 

Dear Team Reid!

My horse and I succeeded in our chosen discipline mainly thanks to your dedication to your profession, your diligence as well as attention to detail, not to forget a good dose of common sense and humor!

Thanks for all your effort that exceeded my expectations by far!

 

To Everyone at the Reid Clinic; especially Dr. Byron Reid, Dr. Leah Patipa and Dr. Axel Beccar-Valera,

 

I wanted to thank each and every one of you, for the excellent care you always exhibit when treating   my horses. It’s so nice to know that when I call, you’re either there in a flash to visit the farm, or quickly there with a return call to answer my questions by phone. This year was such a success for me on so many levels, with my horse Chapeau. He has fast tracked to the show ring, after a very successful “re-castration procedure” at the clinic.

 

After the surgery, we never looked back- attitude, movement, jumping form, athleticism, all of it, has improved by leaps and bounds, and this year he will be in the First Year Green Division at WEF! We are very excited about his future! I’m sure his case was presented at “Rounds” during one of your Monday morning breakfasts at Gabriels- all while Dr. Reid shook his head in disbelief that it worked!  lol

 

We may have removed the adhesions he had, but we still haven’t gotten him to stop his past-time in the paddocks... sitting.

 

Our experience with Reid and Associates was first class in all regards. From diagnosis to treatment to followup care, every detail was meticulously addressed. Should the need arise, we would strongly recommend Reid and Associates to care for your horse.

 

It is very difficult to put in words my appreciation for your doctors and staff but I will do my best.

 

I have been a client of Reid and Associates for over 15 years. I have come to know doctors Reid, Casas and Newkirk very will over the years and am now getting to know Dr. Patika and Dr. Axel Beccar. Let me start by saying, I am convinced that I would have already lost my 30 year old quarter horse (Eddie) and my Lusitano Stallion without their guidance and expertise.

 

No matter what has happened with my horses, big or small, they drop everything and work as a team to make sure that my most precious possessions have the best care possible. It does not matter, day or night they are available 24/7. I take comfort in the fact that they have a full service clinic, which includes a hyperberic chamber and a surgery suite.

 

It is a pleasure to deal with doctors who have nothing but respect and compassion for their patients and clients. Not to mention they listen to their clients and I find that, that is instrumental in diagnostics and treatment plans.

 

Most recently I imported a mare from Germany. She had a very bad journey and suffered multiple injuries whilst in flight. Every single doctor, intern and technician worked together to stabilize her and get her on the path to recovery.

 

Dr. Reid has assembled a world class diversified team of professionals backed up by equally competent support staff. They have my wholehearted recommendation.

 

With Kindest Regards,

Shelly Swetnam and Tony Mitchell – Boxer Point Farms

As a customer for over twenty-five years, this last year has firmed my resolve that Dr. Casas and staff are care-giving healers. Last year my horse, Valentina developed squamous cell carcinoma, common in horses with nonpigmented skin. Sites were face (eyelids and muzzle), and required weekly treatments cryotherapy (freezing) followed by surgery and Cisplatin beads implants. The photos show pre-treatment at eye and muzzle. [Post treatment photos are available, but may not be appealing to general audience.]

 

Dr. Casas and staff went way beyond their "normal" practice to care not only for Valentina, but also help me deal with this problem. My horse trailer was not in shape to be used. The staff understood the importance of timely treatment and helped us by transporting Valentina to and from the clinic/hospital. They made every attempt to save her eye and I am grateful. Dr. Casas checked in with me daily for two weeks after her surgery to see how she was doing.

 

It was comforting to feel like he was also checking in on me! This caring, compassionate doctor and his staff made a difference saving Valentina. I will be forever grateful. In these economic times, horse care is very costly; they worked with me for a positive outcome for my horse and their payment. They have one loyal customer reaffirmed by this last year and I highly recommend them for large animal veterinary care!

 

 

"I had just purchased a lovely 5-year-old Warmblood. I hadn't even finished paying for him," Ruth Mack recalled. "I live in California, and I'd shipped him with the rest of my barn's horses to Wellington for WEF in 2009, just to start training him as a jumper." The groom noticed he was spiking a high fever every morning and called a veterinarian. "He had pleurisy, both lungs full of fluid, and was going downhill fast," Mack said. "Everyone thought he was a goner. Someone even advised me to just let him go. Then I brought him to Dr. Reid's veterinary practice. They had just built the hyperbaric chamber, and asked permission to use it on him. He was their first patient. By then he was a bag of bones. He stayed there eight to nine months. Now he's fine and gorgeous, 100 percent recovered. It absolutely saved his life. That facility and those vets are amazing."

 

The hyperbaric chamber, owned jointly by Dr. Byron Reid and Dr. Meg Miller Turpin, looks like a giant concrete pressure cooker, about 14 feet high by 12 feet in diameter, with portholes like diving bells. It uses pure oxygen under pressure to enhance healing in serious wounds, injuries and infections.

 

"This isn't like putting an oxygen mask on your face," Turpin explained. "By increasing the pressure all around the body, it compresses the oxygen into smaller bubbles, which then saturates the hemoglobin and all the tissues, increasing circulation. Racehorse trainers use it for bleeders, horses who routinely pop blood vessels in their lungs. It's very effective in promoting healing in abscesses and large infections, especially in bones, hooves and similar inaccessible places. It's great with non-healing, traumatized or necrotizing wounds. It enhances the use of antibiotics and promotes healing. We also use it post-op after colic surgery, for pneumonia, laminitis, spider or snake bites, smoke inhalation from a barn fire or bad swellings."

 

There are some risks involved. The horse can't have any metal, oil or lotions on him in the chamber, which means he gets a thorough bath, has his shoes pulled and wears a special cotton halter before going in. With all that pure oxygen under pressure, the least little spark could be catastrophic. But the staff takes great pains to make sure everything goes right. And the horses seem to like it.

 

"Most of them stand quietly," Turpin said. "We may lightly sedate them the first time, but most walk in willingly. We watch them closely on a video camera. Each treatment usually takes about an hour. It takes about seven minutes to get them down to one or two atmospheres, where they stay for about 45 minutes, then seven minutes to bring the pressure back to normal, like ascending in scuba diving. It's safe and effective. Horses typically emerge sweating, but relaxed."

 

Turpin said some horses need only one treatment; some need three to five. A normal protocol might run one treatment per day for five days. More aggressive treatment might require two treatments per day. It all depends. And it's used not alone, but in conjunction with traditional treatments. It costs $500 per session, and after 10, you get two free sessions.

 

Carol Cohen of Wellington owned Two Swans Farm. "I had one horse colic badly, with a blockage," she recalled. "Impresario was a Grand Prix horse who'd shown on the USET team. He was 19 at the time. He went into the hyperbaric chamber immediately after surgery, and it greatly helped his healing. He was schooling again three months later. He healed quickly and recovered completely." It was also used on a mare, Trophia, with awful summer sores. "I thought, 'Let's give the chamber a try,' and she healed up quickly," Cohen said. "It also helped another of my horses, Daddy, who had lymphangitis so badly he couldn't even walk. One hind leg was swollen to three times normal. He was at death's door. They put him on IV antibiotics and used the chamber twice daily. It saved his life. Three weeks later, my daughter, Rebecca, rode him at the Junior National Championships in Gladstone, and he was Reserve National Champion. It was unbelievable."

 

To Cohen, the chamber is a lifesaver. "I think the chamber is just brilliant," she said. "It really works, and the horses enjoy it. They're always frisky and happy when they come out. The whole staff is very professional, extremely safe and knowledgeable. I never felt like my horses were at risk. They take incredible care."

 

Elizabeth Pignatiello is one of the vet techs in charge of the chamber. She has worked there for three years. "I like doing this," Pignatiello said. "I've seen some horses really benefit from it and some cool success stories, like bad pneumonia cases completely turned around. A lot of horses love it. They walk right in. We've also used it for other animals. Late one night, we got in a dog who had carbon dioxide poisoning. He didn't look like he'd make it, but he came running out with his tail wagging. We've also treated a couple of sea turtles brought in from the Loggerhead Marine Center. They did well."