Routine Preventive Care
In order to achieve optimum health for your equine athlete, routine de-worming and vaccination programs should be incorporated. We at Pheasant Ridge Equine recommend a semiyearly vaccination schedule consisting of:
Equine Encephalomyelitis (Sleeping Sickness)
Equine Herpesvirus (Rhino)
Equine Influenza (Flu)
Equine Herpesvirus (Rhino) Booster
Equine Influenza (Flu) Booster
NOTE: Pregnant mares and newborn foals will require a different vaccination schedule.
In addition, a de-worming program should be created based on your horses needs and fecal egg count.
Dr. Dixon Appel specializes in equine reproductive services. Schedule an appointment today and let Dr. Appel create the best plan for your horse.
Ultrasound Exam for estrus cycle
Artificial Insemination with cooled or frozen semen
Ultrasound Exam to confirm pregnancy and heartbeat
Stallion collection for semen evaluation
Stallion collection for shipping
No two horses are the same, but they do all share a commonality. They need to visit the ‘dentist’ on a yearly basis.
Unlike humans, your horse’s teeth continue to be pushed out or are extruded. Furthermore, the circular motion that horses chew causes grinding on their teeth, which consequently can cause sharp points or hooks. Symptoms such as dropping food or mouth discomfort could be signs your horse needs to visit the vet. It is recommended to have a yearly dental exam to determine the condition of their teeth.
Dr. Dixon Appel specializes in numerous corrective dentistry treatments including floating, creating bit seats, wolf teeth removal, incisor realignment, minor extractions and more. If your horse is experiencing symptoms of mouth discomfort or it is time for their annual exam, please call our office today at 515.981.0082 to set up an appointment.
Are you looking to buy or sell a horse? Don’t forget to have a prepurchase exam done to ensure the horse is in ultimate health.
A prepurchase exam is designed to give the potential buyer an accurate picture of the horse to be purchased. Granted, it is only a snapshot in time and may not indicate problems down the road.
During the exam, Dr. Appel will check for issues in the following areas:
Heart and Lungs
In addition, radiographs of the horses’ bones can be taken and are an important aspect of the exam. They will disclose any bone abnormalities that may help predict future issues.
X-Rays and Lameness
Lameness is one of the most crucial and most common problems seen in equine athletes today. Through radiography, we are typically able to pin-point and diagnose the issue at hand, allowing for a more accurate treatment. Dr. Dixon Appel uses a portable, digital x-ray machine so radiographs can be taken at your facility or at our clinic.
Through the use of radiographs, we are also able to detect abnormalities of the limbs, which can help prevent issues in the future.
Dr. Dixon Appel and the team at Pheasant Ridge Equine are dedicated to finding the best treatment for your horse’s lameness issue.
Please call our office today or send an email to: to set up an appointment.
Fluids as necessary
Metabolic and Hormonal Disorders
Evaluation of Cushing's Disease
This service would include blood work up and clinical exams.
Cranial and Spinal Nerve Evaluation
Get in Touch
Mon – Fri — 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday — By Appointment Only
Sunday — Closed
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