Rocky Bay Equine Newsletter 
March 2015
Travel season is rapidly approaching.  If you have plans to transport your horses out of state make sure you know the rules & regulations now so you can plan ahead! 
Especially if you're going anywhere in Montana, where requirements are particularly stringent. Begging forgiveness if you get caught without correct paperwork could be a very expensive plan!   You will find current information on the Department of Agriculture websites for the state(s) you're traveling to.  If you plan to come back, don't neglect WA state requirements!  RBE is your "go to" local resource;  call Karol, our "chaos coordinator" for navigational assistance with all the rules & regs.

Word of the Month

"a continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, although the extremes are quite distinct"

Many of us are fortunate that our animals are basically healthy and functioning at the positive end of the health continuum.  However, horses engaged in performance occupations face daily stresses that can push them backwards on the wellness scale.  In these situations, chiropractic approaches provide considerable benefit for both optimizing and maintaining that level of excellent performance that you and your horse work so hard to attain.

The Weeks are offering their wonderful mare, Story, for sale.  Suitable for dressage & jumping, she has evented through Preliminary level.  Check out this video.  Contact Linda for more information at 
253 405-5915 or email

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Our benign winter seems to be laughing at the east coast's frigid blasts.  There are consequences to an early spring though.  Don't forget that rapidly growing grasses may pose problems for pastured horses, even when they've been out all winter.  Don't be caught off guard, it's ALWAYS best to prevent rather than have to treat laminitis.  Horses with metabolic syndrome, whether diagnosed or not, are especially susceptible.

Big thanks to all who came to the Feb. symposium!  Besides the educational aspects, we appreciate the opportunity to talk about how we can better serve you.  We're working to stay on top of the digital revolution, but we admit that it sometimes just makes us dizzy.  Please continue sharing your ideas, we're listening! 
spring peeper-ly yours!

Dr. Bo Weeks, Dr. Crystal McRae, Linda Weeks
and all the other frog fanciers at RockyBayEquine!

Continuing with our series on "Magnificent Design," in the Feb. symposium Dr. Crystal focused on the axial skeleton... the support scaffolding of the horse.  She described the anatomy and specialized structure of each segment of the spine, cervical, thoracic, lumbar and coccygeal and how the primary role of each section is to link and protect the nervous system from brainstem to tail.  She explained that we and our animals all live within a "continuum of health"  from bare existence to perfect function and that our goal is to push toward the perfect end of the scale.  We want your horses to be better than "ok" and have found that chiropractic approaches are one way to get there. She described "vertebral subluxation complexes," how they interfere with nerve function and how chiropractic manipulations correct them.  She reviewed some specific symptoms that might suggest dis-harmony within the axial skeleton, went over basic saddle fit considerations and explained how training methods also influence system balance and function.  One important take home message is that chiropractic is not a "fix it and forget it" modality.  While it does address pain and disease at a root level within the spine and nervous system, it can't prevent problems from recurring.  Comprehensive evaluation of training methods, habits and occupational stress is also a part of the chiropractic process and is important to maximize wellness on an ongoing basis.  If you think this approach might benefit your horse, give us a call to set up a consultation with Dr. Crystal.  It's a satisfying part of our job to watch our patients perform happily and from the "near perfect" end of the health continuum.


Even at the other end of the health & wellness scale, there are ways we can help. 

At the seminar, Jackie Murphy told us about her annual end of January mission to Honduras and how she and her sister have expanded their help for humans to include horses too.  Apparently the Honduran people in rural areas rely heavily on ponies & horses for their livelihood.  They are good at maximizing what they have, using carpet sections for saddle pads, metal bars or bicycle chains for nose bands or a single strand of rope for a girth, but appropriate resources are hard to come by.  They are desperate for better (and kinder) tack for their animals and very appreciative of the help Jackie has provided so far.  She'd like to expand her offerings for next year's trip and is asking our community for donations of tack or tack parts.  Of particular help would be; western style gear, especially medium to large pony sized.  Western girths, saddle pads, hackamores, cavessons, breast collars, croup straps.  Almost anything will be an improvement for these people & their livestock.  Please contact Jackie if you have questions or something to donate.  You can reach her via email at
or call 206 730-8637. 

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