Dr. R. Dixon Appel will be retiring on July 25, 2022, after 31 years of serving the community at Pheasant Ridge Equine Clinic.
Our Facilities & Services
Pheasant Ridge Equine and Dr. Dixon Appel are dedicated to meeting your equine needs and providing excellent veterinary services to your animal. Dr. Appel is a specialist in reproduction and has special interests in dentistry, lameness, and minor surgeries. Dr. Appel also provides routine and preventative herd health care, which includes vaccination and de-worming programs. Our digital radiograph (x-ray), ultrasound, and endoscope capabilities help to diagnose your horse’s unique needs and helps to insure quality care for your equine athlete.
Have us visit your farm OR haul to our clinic and trust us with expert care as we service every horse hauled to our clinic, regardless of where you call home. For more information, please click a link below or call the office at 515.981.0082.
Meet the Team
Have questions, need more information, or wish to make an appointment?
Call our office at 515.981.0082
Caring for Equine Athletes
"I can't say enough good things about Dr. Appel and the attentive, professional care he provides for my horses. From routine vaccinations, health checks and dental exams to emergent care and complex cases requiring ongoing diagnostics, treatment and management, he is always right beside us encouraging, educating, and supporting both my horses and me as an owner. Dr. Appel has seen us through many emergencies and I trust him implicitly. We are so lucky to have such a talented, experienced and disarming equine veterinarian available to us. I can also say unequivocally my horses all give him four hooves up! They stand happily for him and as an owner, it tells me a lot when my horses are comfortable with someone at a time they are being examined and in pain. He is a special vet."
– Tori Willis
"My horses have been cared for by Dr. Appel for the past nine years and I wouldn't have it any other way. Dr. Appel cares for both horse and owner. From colic to breeding including AI and everything inbetween, we have great success due to his knowledge. His years of hands-on experience cannot be taught in school. He most often knows the issue immediately and doesn't take 10 tests/tries to diagnose and treat the horse. Dr. Appel is logical in his approach and does not lead you into unnecessary costs. We highly recommend Pheasant Ridge Equine and are truly grateful to have a vet with his experience in our area."
– Karen VanDiest, Kokopelli Equine
Frequently Asked Questions
What is average temperature of a horse?
Adult — 99.5 ℉ to 100.5 ℉
Foal — 99 ℉ to 102 ℉
What is normal heart rate of horse?
Adult — 30 bpm to 44 bpm
Foal — 70 bpm to 100 bpm
How do you take a pulse on a horse?
Learn how to take off of a facial artery.
Please ask Dr. Appel to show you.
What is normal respiration rate?
Adult — 12 to 20 breaths-per-minute
Foal — 20 to 40 breaths-per-minute
What should an emergency kit, at a minimum, have included in it?
Cotton bandages, vet wrap, Bute, Banamine, thermometer, saline solution.
What is the gestation for a mare?
Approximately 340 days. The average gestation length range from 320 to 362 days, most mares will foal within 330 to 345 days after breeding.
What is the heat cycle of a mare?
21 days from ovulation to ovulation.
They should be receptive to a stallion approximately 7 days. Mares will “shut down” usually around the end of October and will start back normally, around April 15. In order for mares to start cycling earlier for breeding purposes, you need to have them under lights for sixteen hours starting November 1.
What vaccinations need to be given yearly?
Rabies, West Nile, Eastern/Western Encephalomyelitis (Sleeping Sickness), Tetanus, Rhinopneumonitis, and Influenza.
How often should a horse be de-wormed?
Depends on the fecal egg count of each horse. Normal practice is to de-worm three times per year. However, this could be incorrect without knowing what the horse really needs. An increased fecal egg count would indicate the horse may be needing a different program.
Get In Touch
We are 1.4 miles to the west of I35 exit 65 on Cumming Rd. We are on the South side behind white farm house. Clinic is in white barn.
3320 Cumming Road
Cumming, IA 50061