Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

This week, I promised My Stable Life readers that I’d take y’all for tours of various equine facilities that I have traveled to over the last little while. Today, however, I’d like to share with you a facility that a friend of mine had the chance to tour (so not myself personally,) but I’m sure you will all agree, it is a facility worth seeing nonetheless!

Recently, Nancy Pratch had the opportunity to tour Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Kentucky. She sent her pictures to me, so I thought I would share them all with you here…

Some breeding stocks.

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital is a full-service equine hospital  established in 1986 as a referral center for horses requiring  specialized medical and surgical care. Today the center is known and respected throughout the world for innovative and highly skilled treatment of horses.

Various hoof xrays.

The hospital offers a full range of services including a focused podiatry center with advanced diagnostics including MRI and video gait analysis. This way, Rood & Riddle can provide optimum foot care from corrective shoeing to medical treatment and management of special conditions. This center possesses 2 treatment areas; 3 holding stalls, and a fully outfitted farrier shop. The treatment area is equipped with hoists to support severe laminitis cases in a sling, when necessary.

In this center of the clinic, farriers design and make therapeutic shoes, pads, and boots to fit changing foot conditions as well as custom-fit braces for surgical patients.

Rood & Riddle performs over 5,000 surgeries each year. The hospital has 2 surgery facilities and Surgery I in the main building houses 3 general anesthesia operating rooms, 2 prep areas and 5 recovery stalls.

Visitors are allowed to watch surgeries in progress from behind a window.

There is also a special procedures room for standing surgeries. Surgery II is available to support additional case load of the 5 surgeons and has 2 main operating areas with 3 recovery stalls.

Every case is handled by a surgical team headed by the chief surgeon, who is assisted by an anesthesiologist, a team of interns and a technical support staff that is responsible for monitoring every case from pre-op through follow-up care.

Following surgery, patients are then hoisted into a special recovery room:

In one area of the hospital, a treadmill endoscopy is also offered to clients. This innovative high speed treadmill allows clinicians to examine the upper airway of a horse while it is exercising at high speed. Certain types of abnormalities of the upper airway may only become evident during exercise and will not be seen during a resting endoscopic evaluation.

Rood & Riddle offers all this for the care of horses, plus much more. If you’d like to see for yourself, check out: