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Our philosophy dictates that there is always a way to improve from the status quo whether it be strategic de-worming or preparing to ride for competition.   We want you to become a more knowledgeable horse person and have a healthier horse partner.  

Parasite control is no longer giving a different de-worming product every 6-8 weeks.     Ultimate Wellness includes fecal egg counts (FEC) throughout the entire year.  A FEC counts the number of small strongyles which guides us to an appropriate de-worming strategy.  Research has shown that parasite resistance, especially small strongyles, is becoming evermore present and veterinary parasitologists are endorsing fecal egg counts as the gold standard.  We are a professional laboratory service dedicated to analysing your horse’s manure.

Benefits to Strategic De-worming

1. Reduction in  parasite resistance

2. Reduction in anthelmintic costs

3. Reduction in anthelmintic entering the environment

4. Reduction in colic episodes

5. Improved appearance

6. De-worm only when necessary


1.  Our office: 7728 Marker Rd. Middletown MD 21769

2.  River City Farm and Pet Supply:  Williamsport, MD

3.  Southern States: Frederick, MD & Winchester, VA

4.  Snyders Elevator:  Lemasters, PA


Q:  I use rotational deworming every 6-8 weeks.  Do I need to have my manure analysed?

A:  Yes, research has shown that parasite resistance is occurring within horses who are on a rotational de-worming schedule.

Q:  How often do I need to have a fecal egg count for my horse?

A:  Three to five times a year depending on the small strongyle count.  

Q:  Do you do a fecal float or do you quantify the number of small strongyles?

A:  We use a special slide to quantify the number of small strongyles and provide a game-plan for effective de-worming.  

Q:  Will it be more expensive to test my manure 3-5 times a year than to just continue rotational de-worming?

A:  A recent study at North Carolina State indicates that over a 30 month period of time, de-worming costs are reduced in a herd of mares.

What is the Process?  

1.  Collect a fresh sample of manure (less than 6 hours) in a sealable bag, close completely, remove as much air as possible, fill out the submission sticker, and paste it onto the sealable bag.  

2. Submit the sample to one of our collection refrigerators.  

3. A report with a small strongyle number will be emailed to you upon receipt of a check or credit card


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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