Surgery is not an option for us. It would mean at least a 3 hour trailer ride and would be far beyond our budget for my hobby horse. If $1000 doesn't do it, well, the news would be bad. :( But, on a happier note, I've never had a vet bill over $500 and in 6 or so years that I've had horses (this round), I've never spent more than $500 in a year on vets, farriers or extra care. Oh, wait, maybe one year on extra supplements for one horse. But still... it's been good. I am very attentive to every little thing which helps keep my horse healthy and my budget in tact. Any horse that we have lost, anyone would have lost, regardless of the money available.