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Thursday, October 25, 2007

California Fire Update: The News Keeps Coming

Ramona, California is just one of the towns affected by the raging fires in southern California. The database of Hoofcare & Lameness Magazine shows that there are 13 farriers and 3 equine practitioners who live in that one usually horse-happy town; we have 34 subscribers that I can identify as living in urban San Diego. One-quarter of our subscribers live in the state of California.

The American Farrier's Association has an update on their web site with news from a few of their members who live in the area.

National Geographic has a nice slide show of human evacuees and their animals. The photo in this post is part of that show.

Tonight I spoke with Mark Silverman DVM of San Dieguito Equine Practice; he described the scene at Del Mar racetrack as "amazing" both in terms of the volunteer spirit and the outpouring of support and supplies available to the horses encamped there--and their owners. He was treating a few minor injuries and respiratory problems but said the horses were in good shape, overall. A week from now, Dr Silverman will be in West Palm Beach, Florida to speak at the Fourth International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot.

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