Now through June 30, Horse Illustrated magazine and HorseChannel.com are giving away two pairs of tickets to the Destination Equus California Farm & Wine Tasting Tour, Sept. 7-9, in California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. The tour offers a chance to go behind the scenes at world-class equestrian facilities. Tour stops include a visit to Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, founded by Dr. Doug Herthel.
Herthel got his start with the help of his wife Sue in 1972 by developing a small mobile practice on California’s central coast. Now, the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center has expanded to more than 100 acres and hosts a prestigious internship program, employs more than 50 staff members and holds a reputation for advancing equine care both medically and nutritionally.
Among his notable developments, Herthel created a procedure for tendon and ligament healing that uses the horse’s own stem cells. Other accomplishments include the installation and use of nuclear scintigraphy, design and implementation of a water recovery pool to facilitate healing from orthopedic surgery, use of computer aided tomography (CAT) that can reach as high as a warmblood’s stifle and development of the first hyperbaric oxygen chamber for horses.
Alamo Pintado treats more than 3,500 horses a year, with clientele that range from family pets to show horses.
For more information about the facility, visit www.alamopintado.com.