Whoa! Why is That Horse Posing for Pictures?

Published on June 14, 2013 by arothstein

(MERIDIAN) When you arrive at Broadview University on any given day of the week, you begin to expect the unexpected after a while. There could be a bouncy house or dunk tank one day, or a crime scene the next. Here, it is the luck of the draw. One recent day, people arrived on campus to the sight of a horse patiently standing in a parking stall. That’s right. A really big horse. A really big horse casually standing on wooden blocks, that is. And he was literally posing for pictures!

Tahoe and Dr. Valerie Urick were visiting the Boise campus as part of a hands-on learning opportunity for students in the Equine class.

Tahoe and Dr. Valerie Urick were visiting the Boise campus as part of a hands-on learning opportunity for veterinary technology students in the Equine class. For the better part of two hours, the students—dressed from neck to knee in radiological protective gear—took turns taking and developing X-rays. From the parking lot back to the X-ray room located in the vet tech hallway, one-by-one the students went back and forth. The entire time they worked, Tahoe stood in the parking lot—patiently waiting. Hoofs packed with Play-Doh—he just stood there on those itty bitty wooden blocks.

“He is a little bit drugged right now, ‘aren’t you Tahoe?’” Heather Williams, the students’ instructor, said to the patient “patient.” “He is a bit dopey because he is sedated. It makes it easier for us to work on him.”

By all accounts, it’s working. Getting a huge horse to stand on two little wooden blocks is not easy, but it is necessary in order for the techs to see inside of his feet.

veterinary technologyFor the most part, the students were successful. But after one came out of the X-ray room with blank images, one student said, “I thought I had it right—but clearly I didn’t.” Now it’s back to the parking lot to try again.

“That’s why you do this now, so you can get it right later,” Dr. Urick said reassuringly.

This is the second time the Boise campus has had the opportunity to get a look at Tahoe from the inside out. Dr. Urick, a large animal vet who owns Flying A Vet Services, a mobile service based in nearby Kuna, was conducting a follow up on him and checking out his feet.

veterinary technologyBy the time class ended, she had enough quality X-rays to determine that Tahoe looks good.

“It is so exciting for students to be able to work with him,” Williams said. “It is so much better for them to work on animals other than cats and dogs.”

The students appreciated the experience as well. As for Tahoe, he came away deserving a sticker and a lollipop.

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