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Josh Hall DVM Shares Words of Wisdom with the Harvard Polo Team at San Saba
Written by: Carrie Wirth Client:Anacapa Equine and Josh Hall, DVM Release Date:2012-02-07
Every winter Harvard Polo Team members come to San Saba, Tommy Lee Jones’ Polo complex in Wellington, FL, to train and learn the ins and outs of a high goal polo operation. World-class polo player, Clarissa Echazarreta serves as their teacher and mentor.
“Tommy Lee has invited us down for some training and playing outdoors on his horses and Clarissa has been coaching us. He’s trying to promote Harvard Polo and bring everyone forward,” said Captain of the Men’s Varsity Team, Albany Mulholland, who hails from Gloucester, England.
Jones and Echazarreta asked San Saba’s long-time veterinarian, Dr. Josh Hall to come over for an Argentine barbeque and to share some words of wisdom with the students.
“The more you do for yourself, the more you learn and the better you become,” advised Dr. Hall. “Make sure you take care of your basics, vaccinations, worming and proper nutrition. We look at the horse in systems- digestive, muscular, heart, lungs, etc.”
Dr. Hall urged the students to look very closely at their horses. “Do they look happy? Are their coats shiny? Are they eager to eat? Look closely at their eyes. Check for any swelling. And when in doubt, take their temperature.”
Mulholland and fellow players, Shawn DeMartino, Marina Leher, Jane Amero and Danielle Lussi asked Hall about a particular horse that always seems unhappy and has a tendency to kick. Dr Hall, remembering that particular donated pony, suggested they check his back. He recalled treating the pony’s sore back and advised the team to be aware of saddle fit.
Dr. Hall shared an old piece of foxhunting wisdom, “You always walk the first mile out and walk the first mile in.” He cautioned the group to warm their horses up slowly and pay attention to signals that something might be wrong.
“They always talk to us,” said Dr. Hall.
Dr. Hall ran El Peco Ranch, a thoroughbred, farm home to Kentucky Derby winner, Decidedly, then worked with Bill Grantham in Woodside covering the Northern California racetracks and countryside. In 1989 Dr. Hall made the move to Wellington, where he lives now during the season. After working at Palm Beach Equine for seven years, he founded his practice, Anacapa Equine.
Dr. Hall is one of the pioneers of equine mesotherapy and is also an expert ultrasound diagnostician. He was the very first equine veterinarian to connect a laptop to the digital x-ray machine on call, now the norm. Dr. Hall is an active member of equine welfare committees of the United States Polo Association and the American Association for Equine Practitioners, an organization that works to reduce the number of unwanted horses while improving equine welfare through education.
Dr. Hall is accepting a limited number of new clients.
Contact Dr. Josh Hall and Anacapa Equine at: 561-758-0736