Dear Readers:

After two years, I’ve decided to end the Equine ER blog on TheHorse.com to focus on other projects. This is my last post, and I want to thank you for your readership and your comments.

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Of all the comments I’ve gotten from blog readers, the one that stands out the most was about losing a horse and the impact of “their (empty) stall in your heart.” Here it is again:

In over forty years of horses in my life every day, and over twenty-five of them as my living, I learned that no matter how much business they are, they still work their way into our hearts. … Unfortunately, like most people who have had long-term dealings with horses, mules or donkeys, I have suffered the loss of some special wonderful friends. Honestly, you can fill their stall in the barn again, but their stall in your heart forever remains empty. I suggest that when you lose an equine friend, remember the good times you had, but keep in mind there are so many more out there who will nuzzle you, if given half a chance, and are waiting their turn to brighten your life. 

I was also moved by the responses from readers to that post, found here.

I was hired by Eclipse Press, the publishing arm of Blood-Horse, to write the book Equine ER, starting in spring 2008. For a year, I followed around a crazy pack of equine vets at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in L