Bittersweet Goodbye As Dr. Stewart Starts New Path

Friends, Clients & Horse Family,

We are reaching out with bittersweet news as we announce Dr. Williams and Dr. Stewart taking different directions. This is a decision that affects all of our horse family and we recognize the ways this news may be received. Over the past several years the shift from Cooper Williams VMD to Equine Sports Medicine of Maryland has been a growth that reflected both of our interests, allowing our goals to align. However, after much contemplation and self-reflection we realize that the two of us are in different phases of our veterinary careers, leading us in alternate directions, both literally and metaphorically.

As a result, after looking into various options, we have made the decision to follow these paths independently. Over the last few years, Equine Sports Medicine of Maryland has gradually shifted away from general practice and toward a 100% Sports Medicine practice. With Dr. Stewart leaving, Dr. Williams will shift to a solo 100% sports medicine practice balanced with time pursuing his passion for teaching, consulting, and more continuing education opportunities, while Dr. Stewart will continue to expand her practice into Florida, basing in Ocala and returning to Maryland seasonally.

We are still a phone call, text and consult away and want to help prepare and transition clients for this change as best possible starting with this formal announcement. Dr. Stewart is not leaving for Florida until December and does plan to return in Spring. It is an amicable decision and during overlap in Maryland we will continue to work together to provide for our horse athletes as we have always been privileged to do in the past.

That's A Wrap

Oct. 20, 2023


Hoof Testers

A short list of things we recommend to have in your tool chest...

  • Hoof testers - A simple tool that anyone can use. If it hurts when you squeeze, then it's likely a problem in the foot!
  • Crease Pullers - They are the easiest/tidiest way to pull a shoe nail by nail in a pinch. We also firmly believe that everyone should be capable of pulling a shoe if your horse wears them. You never know when a sprung or twisted shoe can happen, and often removing it is the best way to prevent further damage to the hoof. Ask your farrier to show you how to pull a shoe or learn by watching.
  • Foot bandage supplies - Vetrap, cotton or diapers and duct tape can come in handy. Epsom salt is a basic and effective hoof poultice that's cost efficient too!
  • Thermometer - Whether it's because they're not eating, seem over heated, or simply a little dull...we will always ask if you know your horse's temperature before we advise anything prior to our visit. It's best to have two on hand to double check any significant fever.
  • Leg bandages - We recommend the thicker, more fluffy quilts, more than the thinner cottons (that can allow uneven pressure on the limb) and wrap over the quilts with a nice standing bandage. When choosing a length remember to encompass The length of the cannon and include the ankle. On average an average adult horse will wear 14-16" quilts in front and 16-18" behind.
  • Basic wound care - Betadine or chlorhexidine scrub can be used for cleansing anything except near the eye. A good topical ointment such as Dermagel or SSD are a another good addition.
  • Basic eye care - Clean towels for hot compresses and a plain ophthalmic triple antibiotic can be used in most any case. Always be sure to ONLY use ophthalmic ointments in eyes.

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