Wednesday, May 22, 2019

In Observance of Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, we will be closed for regular appointments on Monday, May 27th. Dr. Tillotson will be available for emergency calls only, and will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28th.

Our scheduled appointment times are Monday- Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm.  As always, we are happy to try and accommodate your schedule. 

Dr. Tillotson is available for emergencies from 5:00 pm-8:00 am during the week, and 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday.  If you do have an emergency, please call our emergency phone number 336-303-1838 to ensure that an emergency page is sent.

In order for us to give you and your horses our best, we ask that you kindly reserve non-emergency calls and text for normal business hours.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Carolina Sports Medicine Equine Symposium

Carolina Sports Medicine Equine Symposium. June 29-30th  Chatham County Agriculture Cent in Pittsboro, NC

Trainers, athletes, equine professionals, and farriers: this is a symposium that has something for everyone!

It is geared toward all disciplines, and is focused on discussing state of the art, as well as, practical and implementable ways to best manage the equine athelete throughout their career and after.
With emphasis on tools and diagnostics, as well as the art of farriery, there will be something enlightening for each attendee.

Please take note, that these lectures are not just geared toward Veterinarians! Trainers, you will leave with valuable knowledge on how to get the best out of your horses, amateur or professional.  Farriers, you are an integral piece of the puzzle! Don't take the opportunity for granted to learn and grow in your craft.

For more information on the Carolina Sports Medicine Equine Symposium please go to:

Registration is open now! Secure your spot before June 1st.  We look forward to seeing you there!!

-Tillotson Equine

Friday, October 12, 2018

Healthy as a Horse! 🐎

Normal Parameters for a healthy horse:

Heart Rate:
32-48 Beats per minute.
Take the heart rate on the left side of the horse behind the elbow.  Count the number of beats in 15 seconds and multiply by 4

Respiration Rate:
12-20 Respiration per minute.
This can be difficult to see, Easiest to look at the horses flank for movement.  May take a few tries to count the number of breaths, but most important is HOW the horse is breathing ( rapid, struggling, shallow)

Gut Sounds:
Classified as present, not present, or overactive
Listen in 4 areas, In front of the point of the hip on the left and right, and below the flank slightly forward on the lower left and right.  Move the stethoscope around if you are having trouble hearing gut sounds.  Wait and listen as you may not hear anything at first.

97.0-101.5 degrees
Take the horses temperature rectally. Be sure to stand off to the side.

Mucous Membranes:
Described as pink, moist, tacky, dry, red, pale
Using your finger, run along the inside of the horses mouth between the upper lip and the teeth. 

Capillary Refill Time (CRT):
>2 seconds
Press firmly on the gum until the color disappears.  Then remove your finger and count how many seconds it takes for color to return.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018