News & Resources

West Nile Virus Encephalitis

West Nile Virus-Another Important Spring Vaccination Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain and or spinal cord.  It develops in horses exposed to the West Nile Virus when the virus itself invades these sensitive tissues causing inflammation.  The disease is also called West Nile Fever.  Horses can be exposed to the virus without developing sickness but in horses with West Nile Encephalitis, it is often fatal (50% of horses with clinical signs die) and horses that do recover can continue to have signs over a prolonged period of time. HOW DO HORSES GET WEST NILE VIRUS? West Nile Virus also infects people. It was introduced to the United States in 1999.  Both people and horses are exposed to the virus by mosquito bites.  The disease is […]

SAA – Stall Side Testing for Infection

Routine exams and temperatures are important ways to help determine if your horse is ill or may have an issue that affects performance.  These diagnostics are also a way equine health is evaluated for potential infectious diseases at the farm.  But a new test is available that is easy to perform and can be done right at the stall, the SAA.  This test is able to detect when inflammation is present in the horse even before the horse develops a fever or there are other blood work abnormalities such as increased white blood cell counts or fibrinogen. SAA is not affected by the administration of anti-inflammatories like bute or banamine. SAA (Serum Amyloid A) is a simple blood test.  SAA is considered abnormal when it is […]

COVID-19 Updates

Dear Clients, Pine Bush Equine Services (PBES) continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely.  We are working hard to abide by the recommendations and restrictions as they are given by Governor Cuomo, President Trump, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Association of Equine Practitioners. We realize this health situation has already been disruptive to many businesses and wanted to share facts about our updates and changes that we’re doing to support both our customers and employees. PBES is asking some assistance from everyone by doing the following: • Please respect social distancing meaning, no hand-shaking, no fist or elbow bumps, and no hugs. • If you are sick and your horse has a non-urgent appointment, we encourage you to reschedule. […]

Equine Women in History

March is Women’s History Month, a celebration of the vital role that women have played in American History.  We thought we would recognize some of the hard-working and dedicated women of the equine world. JULIE KRONE Jockey is a profession dominated by men.  JULIE KRONE found her place in this touch crowd.  She was the first woman to win a Triple Crown race when she won the Belmont on Colonial Affair in 1993.  Winning the Belmont was the first of many firsts for Julie.  She went on to be the first woman to win 3,500 races as well as the first woman to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. TEMPLE GRANDIN Temple has offered insight into the way horses think […]

Gastroscopy Clinic

On Friday, February 21 and Saturday the 22nd we will be holding a special gastroscopy clinic. For eligible horses this examination will be performed for $300 which will include clinic fee, sedation and gastroscopy followed by veterinary recommendations. (Normally valued at $450) If diagnosed with gastric ulcers, other special offers may apply. Horses may be disqualified from participation if they have concurrent medical conditions in which gastroscopic examination would be contraindicated. Participation will be first come, first served. Payment will be taken in advance. Since a horse’s stomach must be completely empty prior to examination, you will be notified of the preparation procedure when you make the appointment. If it is more convenient, we will be able to keep a […]