Hey TRIBE MEMBERS it's that time of year again! 

Yep!  Dr. Rob Franklin and another dream team are headed to Guatamala to spread the Be Good & Do Good love and help some people and animals that really need it - working horses. These are the horses that help sustain life in over 60% of the world. There are an estimated 80 MILLION of these animals in poor to dire conditions.

And we are trying to help.

When: Nov 7-15 2015
Where: Santa Maria de Jesus, Zaragoza, Chimaltenango areas

How: November 9-12 They will visit small communities within an hour’s drive of Antigua to provide veterinary services with the saddlers and farriers of World Horse Welfare. They divide into 5 teams- Intake (identify problems, create list of needs), Vaccination/Dewormer, Dentistry, Advanced care (surgery, wound treatment, lameness diagnosis), Support (perform fecals, keep supplies ready and in order).

November 13th - Training day at the World Horse Welfare center in Zaragosa. Each veterinarian or student will provide a 15 minute presentation on a technique that they can share to local vets and veterinary students. They will then use the afternoon to practice the techniques on live animals.


Chris Brasmer, DVM. New Mexico
Scott Fleming, DVM- Kentucky
Pat Garrett, DVM  Pilot Point, Texas
Josh Platt, TAMU Veterinary Student
Ed Strickland, MWI Veterinary Supply, Texas
Jeff Hicks, MWI Veterinary Supply, Texas
Emma Glenn, TAMU Veterinary Student
Emily Garrett, DVM  Brenham, Texas
Rob Franklin, DVM  Team Coordinator, Fredericksburg, Texas
Bree Franklin- 9 year old vet assistant
Lisa Stephens, DVM  Weatherford, Texas
Emily Hood, DVM  Oklahoma City
Melanie Hensley, DVM  Bryan, Texas
Concho- Mexican saddler, farrier, veterinarian and trainer.

Here are some pictures from one of our last trips and a Blog post from the February trip.  They can paint the picture on how the team is helping out!

Best wishes and Godspeed to this amazing team!


TEVA Trip February 2015 - BLOG POST:

The 6th Biannual TEVA Equitarian Project commenced on February 14, 2015.

We return again to our headquarters to the west of Guatemala City in the UNESCO Heritage site of Antigua.

The team consists of Dr. Chris Brasmer of New Mexico, Dr. Craig Niblett of Austin, Scott Giebler of Sound, Concho Ramirez of Mexico, veterinary students from Texas A&M- Anastasia Keyser, Christine McGrath and Stephanie Massey, Bob Jenschke of Kerrville and team leader Dr. Rob Franklin of Weatherford.

We visited the ancient market town of Chichicastenango on Sunday before starting work on horses Monday.

The first day started with a 30 minute drive South of Antigua to the area of Santa Maria de Jesus.

This agriculture community lives near the Agua volcano which often blankets the area with ash.

We set up our equipment on a local soccer field.  The goal post was the dental station as we were able to perform up to three dentals at a time. The day started out slow as many of the horses were being used for the morning harvest. 

As the equids came in, they were given a number that was drawn on their left shoulder.  Basic questions were asked to help determine information such as age, lameness, and general concerns they have with the equines. 

Weight, height, body condition score, and gender were also recorded. Each equine was checked for ear ticks, sores, teeth problems, hoof problems, and other dermatological issues (mange and habronemiasis are common).

A horizontal line was placed on the right shoulder for any horses in need of dental care. As they were vaccinated with rabies and tetanus, a vertical line was drawn on their right shoulder.  A second vertical line was drawn when the dewormer was given.  Fecal egg counts were recorded and were unsurprisingly high. 

Once the equines were done with the check in stage, any equine needing dental care went to the dental station or they went to the farrier station for trimming.  A saddlery station to help fix saddles and address any sores was also available. 

At first the people were quiet and reserved, but as the day went on, the energy and excitement increased. The condition of the equines varied with an average body condition score of 2.5/9. The age of the equines ranged from 1.5 years to 25 years old. The horses tended to be young while the donkeys and mules were older.

Many of the equines had sharp points, fractured teeth and long hooves, but there were others with conditions much worse.  Since many people spent the day working with their equines, our largest volume came towards the end of the day. 

The children enjoyed watching all the stations and even spent time looking through the microscope while the fecal egg counts were being performed.

A soccer ball was given to the children who enjoyed playing in the soccer field.

We worked until dusk, seeing a total of 51 equines our first day. 

We headed back to Antigua to rest our tired bodies....