Blood-Horse Releases 'Saving New Lives' Long-Form Feature

Blood-Horse Releases 'Saving New Lives' Long-Form Feature

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

The Blood-Horse has released its first long-form multimedia feature, “Saving New Lives.” 

The Blood-Horse's Online Features Editor Claire Novak and the Blood-Horse visuals team embedded at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute's neonatal intensive care unit, in Lexington, Ky., for several days and nights, with unprecedented access to the treatment wing, isolation, and surgery.

Guided by Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, CHT, and Technician Coordinator Lynne Hewlett they spent hours tracking the progress of several patients in the unit–including “the big mare,” whose story evolved into an anchor for "Saving New Lives."

Thanks to the cooperation of attending veterinarian Michele Frazer, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, and surgeon Dr. Robert Hunt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, the team was able to set up in preparation for the mare’s C-section, and documented the process from prep to delivery.

John Phillips, owner of Darby Dan Farm and longtime Thoroughbred breeder and owner, provided valuable commentary from the perspective of an owner who invests in the game not only from a business aspect but emotionally as well.

Finally, after following the mare and foal’s successful treatment and departure for home, the Blood-Horse team headed out to Darby Dan on two occasions–seven weeks after foaling and in late July–to document the progress of the spunky chestnut colt who’s developed into one of the farm’s the top prospects.

The piece went live on Feb. 4, 2014, and is available at

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