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Our mobile unit is capable of seeing all field-type emergencies including the following:

Colic: The most common equine emergency, colic is a blanket term that describes signs of abdominal discomfort in the horse. Signs of colic include: pawing, getting up and lying down, looking/biting/kicking at abdomen, rolling, refusing to eat, repeatedly posturing to urinate or defecate, etc. Our veterinarians will assess your horse via physical exam, and then proceed with further diagnostic procedures and treatments as indicated. This may include medication and sedation, a rectal exam, passage of a nasogastric tube (into the stomach), and IV catheterization and fluid administration.

Trauma/Lacerations: This is also a common type of emergency call, as many horses seem especially talented at getting into trouble. If you discover an open wound, consider the following:

If applicable, first stop any excessive bleeding. Apply pressure manually or in the form of a wrap, if on a limb, then call the veterinarian.

If bleeding is minimal, and it is safe to do so, you may clean the wound with dilute Betadine solution/water to better evaluate its extent.

   ***Please do NOT apply any oil-based ointments such as nitrofurazone, SWAT, etc.

These ointments are intended to keep a wound farther along in the healing process moist and protected, and contaminate a fresh wound, making the veterinarian’s job more difficult and decreasing the odds of a clean repair.

Before calling the veterinarian, it is helpful to note the location of the wound relative to any joints/limb structures, the depth (if possible), and if the wound is old it is useful to take the horse’s temperature, as well.

Ophthalmic Emergencies: Eye swellings, changes in eye color, and abnormal ocular discharge are always considered an emergency because significant and/or untreated injuries can result in the loss of sight in a relatively rapid time period.

Reproductive Emergencies: This includes dystocia (difficult birth) and signs of colic in the pregnant mare.

Acute/severe lameness: If your horse is appreciably limping at the walk, doesn’t want to put weight on a limb, or is reluctant to move, it could be an indication of a severe injury such as a fractured bone. Don’t move the horse, stall confine if possible, and call the veterinarian.

Choke: This term in the horse does not refer to blockage of the airway, as it does in humans, but rather blockage of the esophagus. If untreated, it can progress to pneumonia from aspiration of food particles and permanent damage to the affected areas of the esophagus. The most common signs of this problem are food-colored discharge from the nose, excessive salivation, and coughing associated with eating/drinking.


Exclusive Offer

We our proud to introduce our new veterinarian Caitlin Cosentino!  Dr. Cosentino will begin seeing appointments on October 1 for routine examinations, emergencies, and she has a keen interest in ophthalmology. Please welcome her to our South Mountain Equine Family. 

Please call us at 240-818-5971 or 240-356-3355 (office) or send us an email office@southmountainequine.com

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I just want to take this time to say THANK YOU for finally giving me some answers regarding Denver's lameness.
Since March/April 2015 until now (December 2015), we have been getting mixed diagnosis as to why he would be off, but you came and gave us hope. More importantly, I want to THANK YOU for your patience and amazing 'bedside' manner. Not only did you provide me with solid information and demonstration of compression, and how his conformation defect was affecting his way of going, but you were meticulous in your explanation of the benefits of acupuncture for Denver. You explained everything in such a way, that I would be able to not only understand but remember, and then be able to explain it to all those at our barn who were genuinely concerned about how he's doing or how the Vet visit went. You made me feel very much at ease, like my opinion as his owner mattered, as you would say, "That's good information. Thank You for that" Now, that's a first; the VET Thanking me!! Never once did you make it seem like my questions were irrelevant. You gave us your undivided attention as if we were your only clients that day, and I know we were not because Jessica reminded/alerted you of the time, but you never flinched, never took your eyes off of me as you were explaining everything you did with Denver, and never once appeared rushed. The whole experience of your visit left me committing to making you our Vet of choice. Denver means a lot to me, and the way you treated him, made me think he was more than just a client/horse to you. I can't THANK YOU enough Dr. Sobota!
Ps. By the way, Jessica is an Awesome assistant, and Danielle is Grrr8!!

Angel & Denver
Middletown, MD

Dr. Justin and his staff have been our vets for several years now. He has done everything from pre-purchase exams and lameness evaluations to dentals. Each and every time, he and his staff are timely, knowledgeable, and considerate. Their passion for the horses as well as consideration of the owners and barn management is unmatched.

Katie Petronelli 
Shades of Bay, Waterford, VA

Finally, after looking for years, we found a farm vet with the sophistication and feel for lameness of the vets at the big national-caiber ship-in clinics and equine hospitals. Dr. Justin (Sobota) has great instincts and is well versed in the cutting-edge aspects of equine veterinary medicine, as well as a host of alternative therapies like acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. He asks important questions of and listens well to those who know the horse best, always offers a range of therapeutic options, and thoroughly explains his expectations for treatment results. Perhaps most refreshing, however, is how friendly, helpful and accommodating Dr. Justin and his staff are. We feel lucky to have Dr. Justin as an important part of the Finer Points Farm family.

Michael Friedman | Owner/Trainer | Finer Points Farm 
Mt. Airy, MD

Dr. Justin Sobota, and his team at South Mountain Equine, are highly skilled, professional, courteous, and helpful. Dr. Sobota has managed our mare in several very difficult clinical situations where diagnosis and treatment were not immediately obvious. He worked diligently to find the source of the problem, spending whatever time necessary with the horse and listening patiently to her owners, until the diagnosis was clear and treatment in place. This is the first practice I’ve dealt with that followed up until the problem was resolved. The follow up extends to routine visits, such as vaccines, as well. South Mountain and Dr. Sobota are always quick to respond to emergency or routine concerns. This level of skill and caring provides a level of support for an owner that results in peace of mind.

Cindy M.
Middletown, MD

Dr. Justin Sobota and South Mountain Equine offer horse owners peace of mind. They are easily accessible to reach for concerns and always willing to talk with owners. Dr. Sobota and his staff are knowledgeable and caring, including their efforts when it comes to follow-up care. After a recent surgical procedure, Dr. Sobota checked in everyday for the first week and still checks in weekly. I would recommend South Mountain Equine to any horse owner.

Kathy Andersen | Owner of Pogue Mahone Farm 
Middletown, MD

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