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Massachusetts Peeps - Best Lameness vet? Suggestions...

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  • #21
    Brett and Jay are both great. I thought Jay had retired already? Brett has been my vet for a long time and I think he's excellent.

    Sarah Gomez, who works with Brett is also very good and easier to schedule.

    ETA - I posted before reading all the posts so see that Quiet Ann also posted the same thing.

    Originally posted by chancellor2 View Post
    I have had nothing but great luck with Brett. Jay Merriam is also very good but like someone said, he is trying to retire.
    As for Mark Holman, ick!
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    • #22
      Dr. Mark Holman is good at seeing lameness issues in my experience, but he and his office staff leave a lot to be desired in terms of professionalism and customer service. After multiple issues, including them refusing to see my 3-legged-lame horse until "sometime next week", I never used them again.

      I have head good things about New England Equine for lameness, they are in Dover NH but an easy haul from Boston area.


      • #23
        Nice to hear the positive posts about Dr. Gaby. I used him back in 2005-2006 and everyone at my barn loved him and swore by him for soundness stuff.


        • #24
          Liz Maloney (Equine Therapies) in Franklin, MA – (508) 520-4722. She is competitive jumper rider and a great lameness vet. She also does a lot of chiropractics and acupuncture as well. She has a great feel for competitive horses and will spend the time to watch them while they are ridden or jump on them herself if needed.


          • #25
            Love Sara Gomez at Essex Equine. She treats me very well explaining everything and comes highly recommended by trainers in my area.


            • #26
              Putting in another good word for New England Equine. It's not Mass, but it's close by (Dover, NH). I've worked with Dr Maher, who I really like, but have also heard wonderful things about Dr Davis. I have friends who speak highly of Dr. Kaneps as well.
              "Last time I picked your feet, you broke my toe!"


              • #27
                Different strokes for different folks... I have fired at least two of the Vets (practices) mentioned here. Imho you can't do better than Tufts for most anything! The people that work there are super user friendly and the depth of their doctors and diagnostic equipment is unmatched for New England. I once had three doctors working on a horse together there!
                For a field Vet I second Liz Maloney. She has GREAT instincts and a no nonsense approach that won't break the bank!


                • #28
                  Another vote for Liz Maloney. Not only is she an excellent diagnostician but she often has portable solutions. She is often a good deal cheaper than several of the practices already mentioned. She is willing to build a long term relationship between you, your horse and herself. She is always willing to talk prevention and understands the limits of the checkbook. I have never interacted with a better vet in the field.
                  It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This, however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required. ~Stephen Leacock


                  • #29
                    Have friends from Mass who haul to NH to NE Equine. They have had great results.
                    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                    Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                    • #30
                      I had a great experience with Dr. Mike Davis of New England Equine for a long distance PPE. He kept me apprised of every step, excellent communication, thorough, reasonably priced and his office staff was pleasant. I would be pleased to have a vet like him in my neighborhood where we have a "lameness specialist" on every corner so it's not like I haven't dealt with a few. He was a true standout.
                      GoodNess Ridge Farm


                      • #31
                        I've heard good things about Dr. Kaneps over the past few years, and from the little I've seen/dealt with him he seems to know his stuff. However, I'd personally never let him near my horse after I watched him lose his temper with a friend's mare and punch her square in the face. So though his knowledge may be very good, and he may be a great diagnostician, I'm not very eager to recommend him to people due to that experience.


                        • #32
                          Dr. Mary Kahn hands down. I am in Fl now and would still call her to send images to for her expertise! She has a amazing eye. I have dealt with many others that have been mentioned here and would steer clear of many of the names!


                          • #33
                            Thumbs up for North Bridge Equine in Concord (Fred Nostrant DVM). I love Andy Kaneps.

                            Thumbs down for MH.


                            • #34
                              Well, on the good advice of you guys (and fellow barn people) I've scheduled a vist for my horse with Dr Kaneps! He better be as good as you guys say, lol.
                              "On the back of a horse I felt whole, complete, connected to that vital place in the center of me...and the chaos within me found balance."


                              • #35
                                Hope it works out!


                                • #36
                                  Bumping to find out how it went and what you thought of your vet choice. I am going to have to get a consult at some point soon.



                                  • #37
                                    Any updates on your experience with these vets?
                                    \"You have two choices when a defining moment comes along - you can either define the moment, or let the moment define you.\" Tin Cup