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Farm owner, vets team for a neigh-borly clinic
Ashland horse doctors hold clinic in Spotsy for area horse owners.

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Date published: 11/4/2012


Kathryn Dennis no longer owns horses, but once a month the empty stalls in her Spotsylvania County barn are occupied again.

Tails swish, hooves clop, whinnies echo.

Dennis, who owns Redfield Farm on Chancellor Road, has offered her facilities for a clinic.

"I lost my last horse two years ago and wanted to give back to the local horse community," Dennis said.

Thanks to her, Fredericksburg- area horse owners have a new option for standard treatment closer to home.

Veterinary doctors Scott Anderson and Julia Wolfe of Woodside Equine Clinic in Ashland offer services every third Thursday of the month at Redfield Farm.

Local horse owners can make appointments for lameness exams, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments and diagnostics including X-ray and ultrasound.

Anderson said he decided to offer the clinic so he could more efficiently treat horses in the Fredericksburg area.

"It's a lot easier for me to go one place to see the horses than go from farm to farm," Anderson said.

Becca Lysher, a horse owner from Fredericksburg, used to haul her horse to Richmond for basic treatments before Woodside started the clinic.

Lysher says she has not been able to find another doctor who can do acupuncture and chiropractic work like Anderson can.

"It's much more convenient to drive 10 minutes down the road instead of an hour to Ashland," Lysher said.

She plans to take her horse to the clinic every couple of months for acupuncture and chiropractic treatment, and she hopes Woodside Equine will have more clinics in the Fredericksburg area as their local clientele grows.

Denise Lennon of Stafford County also took her horse to the clinic for acupuncture and chiropractic care. She had been using Woodside for her horse's care for years before the practice started offering the clinic in recent months.

"It's a fabulous service," Lennon said. "It saves time, money and gas."

The clinic service is less expensive than a farm call, which Anderson would have to make to treat horses that couldn't be moved to the regular office.

According to Anderson, the clinic is a great deal, since the horses get "two vets for the price of one."

According to Lennon, the clinic offers the same quality of care, just closer to home.

October's clinic was the second Woodside has offered and drew five local horse owners. Anderson said he and Wolfe can treat up to eight horses on a clinic day.

The next clinic will be Thursday, Nov. 15, at Redfield Farm, 7506 Chancellor Road. To make an appointment, call Woodside Equine Clinic at 804/798-3281.

Bridget Balch: 540/374-5444
Email: bbalch@freelancestar.com

The horse clinic, offering lameness exams, diagnostics, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments, is held every third Thursday of the month at Redfield farm, 7506 Chancellor Road. To make an appointment, call 804/798-3281.