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Moving to PA - need some recs!

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  • Moving to PA - need some recs!

    We're moving to Dover, PA in the next few months. It's sort of between York and Harrisburg. Looking for recommendations for a new equine vet, farrier, dentist, somewhere to take lessons if possible (trailer in or someone to travel to us, upper level dressage), good places to trail ride, best show sites.

    Also need a small animal vet.

    Any guidance PA peeps could offer would be appreciated!! TIA.

  • #2
    PMing you, I am 4 miles from the "square" in Dover! Welcome to PA!


    • #3
      I'm over by Fairfield and Gettysburg, just a little too far away to give you any good references. I can tell you that there's a nice little tack shop over in York/New Salem called A Bit More Tack. The owner/empolyees are very nice and helpful, and they have some good different themed sales through each season of the year.


      • #4
        A Dover, PA address can cover a lot of teritory! LOL I have been away from that area for awhile, so can not give any real updated information.

        This thread has some vet reccomendations, so it can give you a idea where to start.


        There are trail available at Pinchot and many of the county parks.

        I have heard good things about Lillian Halverson / Sorrelstone Farm. She is located in the area enclosed by Lewisberry Rd, Canal Rd and Old Susquehanna Trail.


        • #5
          I live about 20 minutes from you and used to board in Dover, at my favorite barn ever.

          For vets I recommend Green Glen Equine, they are reliable, fair in price, have their own clinic, and I just love them. Dr. Wisner is a great lameness specialist as well who also does acupuncture.


          Dr. Linda Hansen is the local Equine Chiro and while I haven't used her myself I have many friends who have and love her.


          I use Mike Gribble as my farrier and am very happy with him. PM me for his number.

          We are lucky enough to have Paul Belasik in our backyard, he is in Dillsburg.


          I love riding at Pinchot, and the Gettysburg Battlefields. There is a local cross country schooling course, Spring Valley Park I believe it is called. I went once a few years back and really liked it.

          As far as small animals goes, I have had lots of friends who use Dover Animal Hospital and are very happy with them.


          • #6
            I missed the small animal part. I used and family still does use Shiloh Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Tom Schaeberle is the best!


            • #7
              Green Glen Equine and Dr. Wisner are amazing! He is a wonderful vet, and the office staff is excellent. Welcome to PA
              Erin and
              Instant Karma "Sunny", ShineDown "Liam"

              "You can't control the wind, but you can adjust the sails."


              • #8
                Originally posted by ChevalGirl View Post
                We're moving to Dover, PA in the next few months. It's sort of between York and Harrisburg. Looking for recommendations for a new equine vet, farrier, dentist, somewhere to take lessons if possible (trailer in or someone to travel to us, upper level dressage), good places to trail ride, best show sites.

                Also need a small animal vet.

                Any guidance PA peeps could offer would be appreciated!! TIA.
                Welcome to the area!!!

                Vet - Green Glen Equine 717-235-4312
                Farrier - "Bo" George Leppley 717-309-3941
                Dentist - Scott Koehler 717-235-8944 or 717-578-0081
                Trainers - Dressage Jen Hoffman http://autumncharmsh.com/2701.html

                Trail riding: Codorus state park is my favorite. Pinchot state park is a short drive from Dover. You also have Spring Valley which has some jumps and is pretty big. There is a trail riding club near Dover Conewago Trail Riders, check them out on Facebook.

                If you need other references please don't hesitate to PM whether horse related or not!!!


                • #9
                  Welcome to Pa.
                  A little further NE around Harrisburg (along the 81 corridor)...are
                  terrific trails at Stoney Valley (first rails to trails in the nation)..
                  Swatara State park (x90) with new trails and (finally!!!) open
                  Blue Marsh has several loops, longest is 30 miles.
                  and the Lebanon Rail trails, Mt Gretna, Gov Dick!

                  12 miles past Gettysburg is the 85Kacs of the Michaux State Forest.

                  Bucks Co Horse Park has regular shows of many disciplines! including some excellent dressage competition.
                  And ... of course, Dressage at Devon !!
                  Many local clubs to choose from >
                  IN GOD WE TRUST
                  OTTB's ready to show/event/jumpers. Track ponies for perfect trail partners.


                  • #10
                    Ditto the dentist

                    Dentist - Scott Koehler 717-235-8944 or 717-578-0081
                    Man plans. God laughs.


                    • #11
                      Ditto on Scott Koehler and Green Glen. I've used them both since 2004 and am extremely happy. Scott is extremely busy and sometimes hard to get in touch with, but he has always been reliable and does excellent work, and none of the horses my barn have ever needed sedation and he still does an excellent job. As for Green Glen, I've had extensive experience with Drs. McCubbin and Wisner. I recently met their newest doc, Dr. Karl. I am extremely pleased with all three of them.

                      I also use Dr. Linda Hansen of Animal Sports Therapy as a chiro/sports therapist. She's excellent, extremely knowledgeable, and reliable. She's been a huge help to many of the horses at my barn, mine included.

                      I board at Stonewood Farm in Dover. Holly Sands is a great instructor, and we have regular dressage clinics with Jeremy Beale throughout the year. Stonewood offers haul-in schooling and lessons, utilizing the fenced-in hunt field, large outdoor, lighted indoor, and we have tons of cross-country jumps in open fields and woods up to training level on our 119 acres. (I promise I don't work there, I just really like it.)

                      Dover Area Animal Hospital is by far my highest small animal vet recommendation. I've used them since I moved to the area in 2002. In my experience, I've NEVER had to wait more than a few days for a non-emergency appointment, they have evening and weekend hours and a wide variety of vets on staff. I've had multiple cats hospitalized for various issues over the years, and I currently have 9 cats and wouldn't take one of my cats anywhere else. (ETA: They have a small lab on site, so you can get lots of bloodwork results within an hour. They do digital rads and surgeries, of course. Dr. Rick, my personal favorite, accepts certain kinds of exotic pets as patients. Vets have always called me back when they said they would, even late at night, with bloodwork results or updates on hospitalized cats. They also allow me to visit my cats whenever one is hospitalized. I'm not sure if that's routine or not, but it's really important to me. In the case of emergencies, they've always been able to see me the same day, which now even includes emergency hours on Sundays.)

                      I use Jeff Hyser as my farrier. He is extremely reliable, always punctual, and actually calls me every 6-8 weeks (whatever timeframe I choose) to set up my appointment. Many people at my barn use David Landolfi (spelling?) because they like having glue-ons. I have not had good experiences with "Bo" Lepley.


                      • Original Poster

                        Thanks everyone for the recs!! Much appreciated!
                        We're currently working on renovating our new home and barn and will be moving everyone over in the next few months. Very excited to get established in the area.