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Thanks for visiting Kleinpeter Equine! Our team of dedicated veterinarians and staff is anxious to assist you. Please take a minute to check-out our website and see the array of quality services we offer horse owners. Whether your horse is a national competitor or a backyard buddy, we want to partner with you in new ways to provide you with the best equine care and the most useful information possible. Be sure to check back with us regularly to enjoy some new and exciting web features along with cost-saving options. Please call on us to help you achieve your equestrian goals!

PRAIRIEVILLE Veterinarian Team | Kleinpeter Equine Veterinary Services, LLC | (225) 744-4671

39088 HIGHWAY 42


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8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. Chat Kleinpeter

    Dr. Kleinpeter's involvement with the equine community began at an early age. Reared in a family with deep roots in the Quarter Horse industry, he had the privilege of showing performance horses as a youngster and from there his lifelong love of horses began. A veterinary career was a clear and natural choice for him. Upon graduation from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, he began serving the needs of the Baton Rouge equine community in 1978. With valuable experience in all facets of equine practice, he now places special emphasis and focus in the areas of equine sports medicine and podiatry both locally and on a national level.

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  • Dr. Clay Espey

    Dr. Clay Espey, a graduate of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Joined our practice in 2011 after practicing equine medicine in the Lafayette, Louisiana area. Dr. Espey has roots in both the horse and cattle industry. He grew up competing in rodeo events as well as breeding and showing Brahman cattle on the national and international level. Dr. Espey's veterinary interests include preventative and emergency equine medicine as well as equine sports medicine.

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  • Barbara Keller
    Office Manager & Clinic Care Coordinator

    Behind the scenes, is our office manager and client coordinator, Barbara Keller. She joined the practice in 2006. Barbara brings 23 years of health-care management and consulting experience to her position. Advising health-care clients on operational issues over the years gave her the ability to problem solve on a management level and appreciate the value of excellent customer interaction. Because Barbara has owned horses most of her life, she truly enjoys the daily contact with other 'horse people'.

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  • Caroline Pinell
    Veterinary Technician

    With over five years as an assistant for one of the largest Arabian training barns in the country, we were pleased to add Caroline to our staff in 2007. She was in charge of the horse's care, from everyday health maintenance, rehabilitation, and major medical emergencies. This provided Caroline the opportunity to work with some of the top equine veterinarians in the country. Before that, she spent over four years in the foaling barn and two years working in the training barn. In her spare time, Caroline competes with her own horses in Arabian and half Arabian shows around the country.

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  • Dr. Michael St. Blanc

    Dr. Michael St. Blanc is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University for both his undergraduate and veterinary degrees. As a fourth year veterinary student, he was awarded the LVMA Equine Clinical Proficiency Award. Upon graduation in 2017, he completed a one-year internship at a large equine referral practice in Weatherford, Texas. His professional interests include lameness and surgery, as well as general practice. He is excited to be back in Louisiana and looks forward to caring for your horses!

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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Dr. Kleinpeter is a wonderful competent veterinarian. He is also a great ethical human being and the most trustworthy vet in our industry."
    Marian B.
  • "I can't say enough good things about Doc Heather....professional, thorough and compassionate!! Awesome Vet!! Actually, everyone that works there is awesome but I've had the most experience in dealing with Doc Heather"
    Mary A. T.
  • "Can't say anything but great things . So compassionate and the horses know it. Wish he was closer to me"
    Lisa G.
  • "Dr. Chat has always been there when my horses and I needed him for the last 10 years! Beyond being a good veterinarian, he and his staff are always happy to help with a smile on their face!"
    Becky D.

Featured Articles

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  • Coupling Equine Nutrition & Acupuncture

    Integrated medical care for horses has been shown to not only enhance their overall performance in competition, but benefit their everyday well being. According to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Association, acupuncture can be effective to both prevent illness and treat specific equine health ...

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  • Caring for Senior Horses

    With proactive veterinary care, horses can live well into their late 20s and early 30s. In fact, the average life expectancy for most horses is now between 28 and 33 years. Basic senior wellness care includes dental care, balanced nutrition, and hoof care. This care ensures horses remain healthy and ...

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  • Advances in Equine Breeding & Assisted Reproduction

    Assisted equine reproduction has opened up new possibilities in the equine sporting community for horses where this was once limited. With the help of your equine veterinary specialist you can determine if your horse is an ideal candidate for this process either to become artificially inseminated or ...

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  • Preventing Thrush in Horses

    Thrush is a bacterial infection, and one of the most common diseases, affecting horses’ hooves. You will likely know it when you see — and smell — it. The pungent, tar-like black discharge collects in the sulci, or grooves, along the sides of the frog, the triangular structure that covers about ...

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  • Select the Right Saddle

    The right saddle will make a significant difference for both you and your horse and ensure a safe, balanced and relaxing ride. Comfort is key; if the rear of the saddle is up after you cinch the saddle on your horse, or if the saddle wants to roll after you place it on, the saddle is not the correct ...

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  • Strategic Deworming for Equines

    If you are a long time horse owner, you may be familiar with traditional parasite control strategies. Traditionally, the most common parasite control approach called for horse owners to deworm their horse year round every six to eight weeks, rotating products. Alternatively, horse owners also could opt ...

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  • Why You Need to Keep Stalls Clean

    How often do you clean your horses’ stalls? Ideally, horse stalls should be cleaned every day and kept as clean as possible. Since horses often lie down in their stalls at night, this behavior means that if you are not keeping the stalls clean, horses could be lying in their own urine or manure – ...

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  • Prevent Incurable Horse Virus

    Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, advises the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The virus is rare and causes inflammation of the brain called encephalitis. Animals, especially horses, are vulnerable to this infection. "All equine cases are ...

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  • Nutrition Affects a Horse's Behavior

    Has your horse not quite been themselves lately? Have you noticed unusual fatigue or conversely, excitability? You may be surprised to learn that nutrition and dietary choices play a significant role in determining equine behavior. And, it is not simply what they eat, but how. Horse owners often report ...

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  • Horse Talk: Oral Exams Matter at Every Age

    Regular dental care is an important part of equine wellness care. Horses have a hypsodont tooth and an anisognathic jaw conformation. This means that the upper jaw is wider than the lower jaw, an arrangement that maximizes a horse’s chewing efficiency. A horse’s teeth and bite are important for more ...

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