El Sol Equine Practice is a full service ambulatory practice located in Ocala, Florida. We treat horses from all walks of life with an emphasis on sports medicine, lameness diagnosis and treatments, and preventative medicine. At El Sol Equine Practice we work together to provide you and your horses the very best in equine veterinary care.
“Improving Equine Performance and Health Every Day.”
Some Notes From Our Clients
Dr. Specht has been my veterinarian for a number of years. He has rescued my horses from several very serious issues over the years. I trust his judgment implicitly.
I have had several vets over the years and these guys are by far the best. They are reasonably priced as well.
Thanks for another year of great care for our horses!
– Mary & Bryn
We sincerely appreciate your excellent care of Lacy and Aly in 2012 and look forward to working with you in 2013!
– Jackie & Terry
From Our Informational Articles
Tips for Rehabbing Soft Tissue Injuries in Horses
“Prevention is the best treatment” for any horse health issue, said Andris J. Kaneps, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVSMR. “But we all know that we can put a horse in a padded room, wrapped in bubble wrap, and we’ll still have issues that we’ll need to address.”
Yes, horses are incredibly skilled at injuring themselves, and some of the most common ailments include soft tissues like tendons and ligaments. That’s why veterinarians must be well-versed at treating and rehabilitating such issues.
Is an Equine IBH Vaccine on the Horizon?
There’s good news in the fight against sweet itch—known to scientists as insect bite hypersensitivity (IBH). This seasonal skin condition results from an allergic reaction to the saliva of biting midges (Culicoides). While a fly sheet can help prevent bites and topical creams can help ease the itching, there’s still no way to stop sweet itch from happening.
But thanks to new research in Iceland, a vaccine could soon be available. “In the next few years an experimental vaccine could be available,” said Sigríður Jónsdóttir, MSc, a biologist at the University of Iceland Institute for Experimental Pathology in Reykjavík. “Currently, no preventive immunotherapy is available, neither for humans (for similar allergic skin conditions) nor animals.”.