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PHOENIX (AP) - Away from the cheering at the horse arenas, the glittery show clothes of competitors and the judging of champions inside the ring, Dr. Greg Byrne watched an Arabian trot in a circle.
RA Saint Patrick was expected to show in a class called “hunter pleasure” in a few days at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, but the 10-year-old horse seemed agitated.
Solving problems such as these had been keeping Byrne plenty busy over the past week.
As the veterinarian of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, he tends to up to 30 horses a day, addressing soreness, allergies, bellyaches, dehydration and sometimes more serious injuries and illnesses.
He has been working in that official capacity on and off since 2005, but he has been serving Valley horse owners and trainers at the show since 1997.
The show, which has 2,400 horses and is billed as the largest in the world, is building steam for this weekend, when champions in dozens of classes, including halter, hunter pleasure, working cow horse, side saddle and reining, will be chosen.
During the show, Byrne arrives at WestWorld of Scottsdale at 6 a.m. and often doesn’t leave until 11 p.m.
Inside Barn 11, Byrne planned to give Patrick a diagnostic nerve-block shot to numb his front right leg. The numbness lasts about an hour and allows Byrne to watch the horse trot to determine which leg is bothering the animal. If he trots better with a leg that’s somewhat numb, that’s the leg bothering the horse. USEF rules require that if a horse needs a diagnostic nerve block, it must be administered at least 24 hours before a horse show.
Horses such as Patrick travel for days, sometimes from below-freezing temperatures, standing up all the way to the Scottsdale horse show.
“He’s a long way from home,” owner Chipman said.
It took three days to drive Patrick to Scottsdale from Newberg, Ore.
By Tammy Bruce
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