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Owner helps Jack get back on track

August 03rd, 2015

It was early June 2013 and high school student Morgan Ashdown was looking forward to summer vacation. She planned to spend it out at the barn with her quarter horse, Under the Lethalimit, known as Jack. Her parents, Leanne and Keith of Pilot Butte, Sask., had bought the 2004 gelding a year earlier, and Jack and Morgan were starting to …

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Morgan Ashdown with Jack and her horse’s WCVM surgeons, Drs. James Carmalt and Andres Sanchez. Photo: Christina Weese.
Tuffy, an 18-year-old Appaloosa gelding, was found with a two-foot stick lodged his chest. Photo: Christina Weese.

Horse survives after stick impales chest

On a dark October night, Les and Darlene Leer pulled into the parking lot at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre in Saskatoon with their horse trailer in tow. It was late, and they were worried. They had made the three-hour drive from St. Walburg, Sask., to bring in their injured 18-year-old Appaloosa gelding, Tuffy, for emergency …

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Rick Fraser and Devereux

Devereux, a horse with heart

Rick Fraser, along with his daughter Kaylee, made the long road trip from Wetaskiwin, Alta., to Kentucky in the fall of 2012 to purchase new recruits for the family’s award-winning chuckwagon string. They had filled their six-horse trailer and were on their second day of travelling home when they stopped in Saskatoon to rest and check on the horses. That’s …

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Bruce: WCVM’s “perfect teaching stallion”

For more than a decade, a grey-haired “gentleman” named Bruce played a key role in the hands-on training of students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). Bruce was a 32-year-old grey quarter horse who was “the perfect teaching stallion” for the college’s veterinary students and theriogenology residents, says WCVM associate professor Dr. Steve Manning. “He was all stallion …

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