January 2010

The Hardest Words To Say

This month we bid a very sad farewell to our good friends and associates Jennifer and Jeremy Miller. The Millers are returning back to their home state of Illinois to be closer to their families.

We came to know Jennifer as a student extern in the summer of 2000. Jennifer was completing her second year of veterinary school and she spent the summer with us getting to know the ropes of equine practice. It was an enjoyable summer and I loved her attitude. After graduation Jennifer joined another practice in the Atlanta area and gained a lot of experience. She joined Central Georgia Equine Services in 2003 and it has been a very rewarding 6 years of practice together.

Jennifer had married Jeremy in 2002 during her first year of practice. I found Jeremy to be a terrific combination of strength, humor and talent all rolled in one package. He had a quest for knowledge that is rarely seen in a farriers’ apron. Jeremy has been highly involved in the successful management of many of our clinic cases including lameness, surgical and laminitis cases.

While we hate saying goodbye we wish them every success as they return home.

Coming Back

Rejoining our practice this month is Dr. Julia Fickling. For many of our longtime clients you will remember soft-spoken Julia. Julia was born and raised in Macon and grew up riding American Saddlebreds.
 She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1987 with a degree in Art. Horses were her true love and she attended Colorado State University and graduated with her DVM in 1997. Julia joined CGES as associate veterinarian after graduation. During this time she attended the IVAS school of Acupuncture and Adjunctive Therapies.
She married her sweetheart Brian Tiller in 2000. Since then she has been very busy in her most demanding and rewarding role as mother to her 3 boys. I think you will find Julia enjoyable to work with you and your horses.
Friends We Have Lost

Sunny Korman of Barnesville bid a fond farewell to her 31 year old Quarter Horse gelding Prophet due to the infirmities of old age.

In Fort Valley Gwendolyn Wilson found it was tough letting to go of the horse her late husband had owned. Lois was buried at the age of 31 years.

I found inspiration in Reynolds watching Traci London with her horses. Completely blind, her barn is as clean as a whistle. Traci had lovingly cared for retired polo mare Magic who could no longer live comfortably as a result of old injuries and arthritis.

Henry Metcalf of Bainbridge raises and shows Tennessee Walking Horses. He had high hopes for a third generation filly he had raised. Sadly, A Specialist At The Ritz died while in training in TN.

Most people own a horse for a few years. Teresa Seay had raised her Quarter Horse Roscoe. He had been a member of the family for 32 years. It was a tearful goodbye to a very faithful companion.

Kathie Gamundi of Perry has been dealing with serious illness in her family and life dealt her a cruel blow when her Quarter Horse stallion Mr. Bojangles was struck with a fatal case of colic.

The Bulletin Board

Lately we seem to be getting requests nearly every day from people who are; looking for a horse to purchase, trying to sell a horse, want to place a horse in a new home, looking for property to start a horse farm,  and even trainers that are looking for stables to rent lease or purchase.
I thought it would be a good idea to allow people to place ads in a central location where information can be shared. So, if you have a horse for sale, are looking for a new horse, have property for sale, rent or lease then we’ll be willing to place your ads on our board.
Print your ad copy on an 8 1/2 X 11 inch sheet of paper. We'll be happy to post them and share them with our visitors.

We'll that's all for now, please keep us posted of the events on your farm and let me know if there are topics you would like to see in our newsletter.