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    04-21-2010, 08:47 PM
Originally Posted by tealamutt    
I really just wanted to remind people not to judge too harshly based on what they know of someone from a few posts on an internet forum. There is always more to every story and we'd all do well to remember that!
Thank you. I was going to respond to the commend about keeping "horses some where that you have NO vet support?" because yes, indeed that does happen in places and no, it is not always a choice. It does happen that vet practices close down. It does happen that roads close for days at a time. It does happen that people lose their jobs, etc. etc. etc.

There are many people that don't have doctor support within 3 hours. I live in Canada and there are many remote locations. I suspect there must be the same in the US and Australia. Most people that are in remote areas are far more self-sufficient than those in populated areas. Sometimes other circumstances intervene and things don't work out. I always get a burr on my back when someone, typically "from the city", is critical of "country folk" who often "make do" with fixes for equipment, vehicles, pet care and self-care. Often our view is far more grounded with the harsh realities of life and basic survival.

To the OP, I hope things are continuing to improve and look at every means to clean all your barn related items!
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    04-21-2010, 10:27 PM
I'd like to let the people know who were saying why would I own a horse and not have a vet in the area,
First. I don't own the horse I am taking care of him, and I discovered something the OWNERS hadn't detected.
Second. I didn't meant 6 hours away I was getting type happy and my fingers were flying but I do mean 4 hours.....NY the best vet is in VT....and I'm not being irresponsable, I've taken all precautions as I was a little suspicous, Latex gloves, Bacteria killer, antibotic ointment, and currently a colagulent and it also dries up wounds, and I apply bug spray around it (NOT IN IT) to help with some of the bugs that are coming out. I bleach all my clothes, and I have a specific pair of boots and jacket I wear while taking care of him, I also take a VERY HOT shower and i've BURNED my skin by taking such HOT showers.....
    04-22-2010, 07:58 AM
You are in NY? You made it sound like you lived in the far corners of Alaska or something. There are for sure vets closer than even four hours!!!!!! So maybe not the vet you want to use that you call the bet vet. But there are plenty of vets in NY that could provide medical assistance that are more than qualified.

NorthernMama, right now (until socialized medicine takes over) there are very few places in the US that you have to travel any where near that far to get human medical care. Yes, people who live in remote areas do have more of a challenge.
    04-23-2010, 11:34 PM
They vet we use is in VERMONT and mostly the vets WON'T come out to the location "BECAUSE IT'S TO FAR"!!
    04-26-2010, 09:19 AM
Originally Posted by JustLeaveIt2Mya    
They vet we use is in VERMONT and mostly the vets WON'T come out to the location "BECAUSE IT'S TO FAR"!!
Where are you in NY?

And to you it is better to get no vet care because you use a vet that is 6 hours away than it is use to use some vet that is located some where between you and the vet six hours away?

*head desk, head desk, head desk.

Does that even seem slightly logical to you?
    04-26-2010, 10:40 AM
First off, this isnt your horse, so you really need to be communicating with the owner about finding a vet or how to care for the horse.

A vet call is free. You could even gasp send email pictures to your vet. Its pretty simple to do. I will always call my vet, if I am not sure whats going on, even if its not a life threatening issue. They will usually talk me through it and ask me questions so they can better understand whats going on, if no one can be there, or the office is open for emergencies only.

Its not irresponsible to treat a horse on your own, but it is very irresponsible to not even try to call or email the vet. In some situations you could be doing a horse more harm then good, by doing what you think is the right treatment in your mind.
    04-26-2010, 10:43 AM
Very good points Pieinthesky!
    04-26-2010, 10:52 AM
I avoid alot of expensive weekend vet calls by phoning the vet and talking to them about the situation. We usually find a temporary solution and I call back durring the week for a follow up visit if the issue hasnt subsided.

I use a practice with about 4 vets, so for me its a little easier to get ahold of one. And their phones are always manned by a receptionist 24 hours a day. I do realize not eveyone has that luxury, so try and get the vets cell number if you can.

Most of the time they want to see you as much as you want to see them, not very often, especially on off hours.
    04-26-2010, 11:58 PM
I informed her about it the first day I found it, i'm not that stupid....
She told me to watch it and keep it clean and i've kept her updated on his
Status..she's back now and now it's her responsibility, but here is an updated picture, so you know that it's actually getting better instead of me saying a bunch of BS.
    04-27-2010, 12:02 AM
It's got a colagulant on it and it also dries it up.


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