California Riding Magazine • January, 2009

Hunter Stallion Station
Equine Veterinary Clinic

Cutting edge clinic specializes in quality
full service equine healthcare and breeding.

by Kathleen Burke Jensen

Hunter Stallion Station Equine Veterinary Clinic (HSS-EVC), founded by Robert Hunter, DVM is located in the Northern California town of Wilton. The clinic has been collecting stallions and breeding horses for over 20 years and in fact was among the first to ship fresh cooled semen in the 1980s.

Dr. Hunter is a 1979 graduate of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a member of both the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the California Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Hunter has a successful veterinary practice and has taught college courses in equine reproduction and health management.

HSS-EVC was using frozen semen from Europe to breed mares before it became common practice in the United States. The clinic offers the most advanced semen freezing technology available in the industry and is USDA certified for freezing and shipping semen internationally. HSS-EVC is a first-class facility of unquestionable character and reputation. They consistently achieve above a 95 percent conception rate handling fresh as well as transported cooled and frozen semen.

With many years of experience, the clinic has handled and collected stallions of a wide variety of breeds and semen quality. Dr. Hunter has found that the semen of most stallions ship very well but subfertile stallions need special techniques to ensure the highest quality, motility and longevity of the sperm cells. Dr. Hunter has also had a lot of success breeding difficult or problem mares. The technology and research has come a long way in recent years and Dr. Hunter is on the cutting edge of these newer techniques.

The facility is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of horse breeding with custom built stocks, a breeding phantom and foal holding pens. A comprehensive lab is located on site. The spacious 16’ x 16’ stallion stalls and mare foaling stalls are equipped with monitors and an automatic fly control system is in operation throughout the barn. Stallions have large turnout pens designed with their safety in mind. Large pipe mare pens and box stalls are available within the barn as well as outside paddocks, irrigated pastures, round pen and a lighted outside exercise arena.

In addition to the specialized breeding techniques this full service veterinary clinic also offers embryo transfer, hospital care, treatments, minor surgeries, wound repair, lameness evaluations and pre-purchase exams, diagnostics, radiology, ultrasound, dental care, health certificates, Coggins and all vaccinations. They have a resident farrier who works closely with Dr. Hunter to achieve quality hoof care.

For more information on how HSS-EVC can serve your equine reproduction needs, call 916-687-6870 or visit