I caught up with Dr. Bonnie Barr, an equine internal medicine expert working as part of the Kentucky team taking care of World Equestrian Games horses.
Q. Bonnie, tell me what you’ve been doing so far.
A. I’m in the veterinary clinic up there (at the Kentucky Horse Park). If team vets come in, and for example, if they have a medicine-type question, if they have a question on bloodwork, if they would like us to look at the horse … we work on a consulting basis helping them. We’ve also been helping check in the horses coming out of the quarantine from Cincinnati, see that they walk off the van OK, take their passports back to the veterinary clinic, etc.
Q. Are horses still coming in?
A. Yes, some of the para-dressage horses came in yesterday (Saturday 10/3).
Q. What are some problems you’ve seen so far.
A. (On my watch), I saw issues with some of the endurance horses. It was so hot right before the Games started, we had 90+ degree weather. People were really worried about the horses tying up Ð that’s when muscles start to cramp and get really hard, and then it’s very painful for them to move around. We used fluids to help flush out their systems.
Q. I hear the noted Dr. Jean Marie Denoix from France is here. Tell us about him.
A. He’s a well-known ultrasonographer, and that’s what he’s doing at the World Equestrian Games. He travels all over the world and does ultrasound clinics. He’s phenomenal. We had a horse that tied up and he ultra sounded it and (with his skill) you cou