December 2008

Bracken Equine Clinic offering progressive equine care!
Bracken Equine Clinics' new spa

Enrique Ramirez holds Bubba, owned by Dr. Robert & Debbie Ball.
Dr. Blevins and Danielle Watson monitor Bubba’s first treatment in the newly installed spa.

Located in Comal County, Bracken Equine Clinic has provided quality comprehensive equine care to the greater San Antonio and surrounding areas since 1990. Dr. Robert Ball attended Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He has continued his pursuit of education through personal and professional study, most recently to include extensive study in advanced imaging and ultrasonography with the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology. In keeping with his commitment to excellence, Dr. Ball has established a progressive state of the art practice geared toward all aspects of care for the modern performance horse.

Bracken Equine Clinic
Over the last three years Bracken Equine Clinic has expanded its facilities to include a lameness diagnostic imaging center. This facility offers a 20 meter covered arena with fibar footing for lameness evaluations, as well as, a leading-edge exam room for high definition digital ultrasound imaging and digital radiography. The radiographs are displayed on a 42-inch flat panel monitor to help the client visualize and understand their horse’s diagnoses.

Bracken Equine Clinic Covered Exercise Arena
In addition to the expansion of their facilities, their professional staff has grown as well. Dr. Cris Blevins joined the practice in June of 2006 after completing post doctoral training in equine medicine and surgery in Edmond, Oklahoma. He is a 2005 graduate of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to receiving his veterinary degree, Dr. Blevins earned a Master of Science degree in Reproductive Endocrinology from Texas A&M University. His areas of interest include lameness, sports medicine, reproduction, and internal medicine.

In keeping with providing the most progressive equine care available, Bracken Equine recently installed a cold salt-water hydrotherapy unit for treatment of sports related injuries, such as the following: Tendon and Ligament damage, Bone Damage, Joint Conditions, Swellings and Stiffness, Inflammatory conditions, Laminitis, Navicular Syndrome, Poor Hoof Growth, Soft Tissue Damage, Bowed Tendons, Bone spavins, Wind Galls, Post competition strain, and General stiffness and soreness.

By combining the benefits of extreme low water temperature (35°F) and highly oxygenated salt water, the body's natural defense system is enhanced to reduce the devastating effects of inflammation associated with sports related injuries. 

For over 29 years, Dr. Ball’s practice has established itself as a progressive equine veterinary medical practice. From routine care to advanced diagnostics and therapeutic procedures, Bracken Equine Clinic is committed to providing the highest quality care for their patients and clients.

For more information you can visit their website at

or call 210-651-6202 Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm,
Saturdays by appointment only.

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