Welcome to Red River

From miniature ponies to thoroughbred racehorses

Located in Benton, Louisiana, just north of the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Area, Red River Equine Hospital serves equine communities in

  • Louisiana
  • East Texas
  • Southeastern Oklahoma
  • Southern Arkansas

We are happy to treat horses of ALL disciplines, from miniature ponies to Thoroughbred racehorses. Our dedicated team of veterinarians and assistants are here to provide your horse with the quality care it deserves.

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Our Team

Providing your horse with the quality care it deserves.

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Nelson Lewis
DVM, cVMA
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Andrew Lewis
DVM, DACVS-LA, CAC
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Wesley Lee
DVM, DACVS

Services

Happy to treat horses of ALL disciplines

Health Maintenance

Routine vaccination and deworming is a vital part of your horse’s day-to-day health. Annual coggins testing is also performed. Dental procedures including semi-annual to annual floating are also recommended and performed by the veterinarians at RREH.

Emergency

We provide 24 hour a day primary emergency medical care, 7 days a week, including all major holidays. This includes (but is not limited to) non-surgical colics, lacerations, fracture repair, and ocular emergencies.

Surgery

Red River Equine Hospital provides a myriad of surgical procedures performed by an ACVS board-certified surgeon, including, but not limited :

  • Fracture Repair
  • Long-bone fractures
  • Maxillofacial fractures
  • Stress fractures
  • Invasive Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • OCD Debridement
  • Bone Cyst Injection/Debridement
  • Chip Fracture Removal
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Cryptorchid Castration
  • Ovariectomy
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Surgery
  • Tie Back Procdure
  • Ventriculocordectomy
  • Tie-Forward Proceure
  • Myectomy
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Urogenital Surgery
  • Recto-Vaginal Laceration Repair
  • Phallectomy
  • Urethral Extension
  • Cervical Laceration Repair
  • Caesarian Section
  • Ocular Surgery
  • Conjunctival Flap
  • Grid Keratectomy
  • Eyelid surgery

Laboratory Services

Red River Equine Hospital has in house complete blood count, fibrinogen, serum chemistry, electrolyte, and blodd gas analyzers, all which are available 24 hours a day for critical care monitoring and routine bloodwork. This equipment not only allows us to assess the patient's blood, but it can also assess joint, abdominal, and thoracic fluid samples within a short period of time. All other laboratory diagnostic services can be sent out with most results given within 24-48 hours.

Lameness

Lameness examinations are routinely performed at Red River Equine Hospital in a wide variety of horses and discipliens, including Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse race horses, barrel racing, roping, cutting, reining, dressage, and event horses. this includes a baseline examination at the walk and trot, lunging/jogging in circles, flexion tests, and diagnostic nerve and joint anesthesia. Therapeutic modalities offered for various types of lameness include:

  • Medications
  • Corticosteroids
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Polyglycan
  • Adequan
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP)
  • Surgery (if needed)

Diagnostic Imaging

Radiography - Equipped with digital radiograpy which can be used for routine x-rays to aid in diagnosis of lameness, various internal diseases such as pneumonia, pre-purchase examinations, as well as intra-operative x-rays. Follow-up x-rays can be taken and allows for immediate comparison of previous x-rays taken. Aside from routine survey radiography, we also have the capabilities of performin contrast radiographic examinations which are sometimes necessary for an accurate diagnosis. Examples include fistulography (chronic draining wounds), arthrography (joint studies), myelography (spinal cord evaluation), upper and lower GI studies

Ultrasonography - Equipped with two ultrasound machines (one digital machine) which aid in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal abnormalities, such as tendon, ligament, and joint injury, abdominal disease (various types of colic, cancer, liver disease, umbilical infection), thoracic disease (pulmonary abcesses, pneumonia), and reproductive issues (breeding management, pregnancy diagnosis and monitoring).

Endoscopy - Equipped with a video endoscopy unit, including both 1 meter and 3 meter flexible endoscopes, we are able to perform complete upper respiratory tract (nasal passages, pharynx, larynx, gutteral pouches, trachea, and mainstem bronchi) and gastrointestinal (GI) (esophagus, stomach, duodenum, rectum, and small colon) endoscopic examinations.

Common conditions of the upper respiratory tract that can be diagnosed with flexible endoscopy include: progressive ethmoid hematoma, guttural pouch empyema, guttural pouch tympany, guttural pouch mycosis, dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), epiglottic entrapment, subepiglottic cysts, axial deviation of the aryepiglottic folds (ADAF), laryngeal hemiplegia (RLN), arytenoid chondritis, pharyngeal cicartrix, tracheal stenosis.

Conditions of the gastrointestinal tract that can be diagnosed with flexible endoscopy: esophageal stricture, esophageal stricture, esophageal diverticulum, esophageal ulceration, gastric ulcer disease, neonatal gastroduodenal disease, pyloric outflow obstruction, carcinoma of the stomach, gastrointestinal lymphoma.

In order for a complete examination, we recommend that horses undergoing a complete gastrointestinal endocopic exam be fasted (withheld hay, grass, and feed) for 24 hours prior to the exam.



Internal Medicine

At Red River, we routinely work up internal medicine cases, such as pleuropneumonia, RAO ("Heaves"), colitis (diarrhea), neurologic disease, neonatal sepsis, non-surgical colic, among others. Having the diagnostic imaging and laboratory modalities at our fingertips allows us to diagnose and definitively treat many diseases. Consultation with various specialists can be performed as well.

Reproductive

Red River provides various reproductive services including, mare reproductive management including reproductive ultrasound, uterine culture and biopsy, uterine infusion/lavage, reproductive surgeries (see above). Artificial insemination with shipped fresh cooled and frozen semen is also available.

Ambulatory Services

Red River Equine Hospital also is available for farm calls for the Shreveport/Bossier/Benton area. We have two ambulatory vehicles currently and can perform any routine work you may need, including (but not limited to) vaccinations, deworming, pulling blood for Coggins testing, dental floating, lameness, etc.

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Facilities

25 Acres Including...
  • 5,600 sq ft covered lameness area
  • 16,500 sq ft covered arena for lameness evaluation under saddle
  • two treatment/radiology rooms
  • 2,000 sq ft surgical center which houses
    • two surgical suites for both elective and emergency surgical procedures
    • three recovery stalls
    • a standing surgical procedure suite
  • a pharmacy and laboratory
  • 6 intensive care stalls
  • 15 general use stalls
  • 13 runs and paddocks on site for mares and foals or other horses requiring turn out.
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