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post #11 of 22 Old 02-08-2011, 12:22 PM
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I've had the same experience with a vet. When I called, he came to see my horse, but I felt by the way he talked to me that I was over reacting and he wished he didn't have to take the time to come out. I'm sorry, but I don't know of any other way to get an antibiotic eye ointment for horses without calling a vet! It's not like we have clinics for horses and can go there for the minor things like we do with people. Of course he treated my horse appropriately and I was satisfied with the care he gave. So it wasn't like I needed to change vets. It was just annoying.
Worse than that though was when I lived near a large horse hospital that took care of lots of race horses and horses for rich people. They were completely impersonal and even called my horse "it." They seemed unable to understand why it upset me that they were too busy to do my horse's ultrasound when I brought her in (for their convenience so they didn't have to come to my barn), and wanted to just keep her overnight. I didn't have her food and I knew she would be nervous staying there. They thought they should be able to just throw her some type of hay and keep her until they got around to doing her test. It was for a small abscess and should have been done at my barn - but they talked me into going in, then charged me for the overnight board when they got busy. Just coming to my place when they weren't busy and charging for the farm call would have been way cheaper and easier for me!!
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post #12 of 22 Old 02-08-2011, 03:48 PM
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I'm kind of on the line with vets... Probably because we never really had bad accidents (Only one) And it was all for my mare... never th gelding.. she is very clumsy!

The problem with the vets we had, the woman, told us to get some weight on her because she was looking ribby. Well..... she told use to give her 4L of sweet feed, corn oil, alfalfa cubes and something else I think it was corn meal? it was cream colored and had the texture of coarse salt. When we told our trainer what we were told to feed her she was shocked! And said she should be racing on that!

So I don't go 100% on our vets, would perfer horse people to ask first.
Not that we have vets anymore.. Both of them stopped doing live stock.

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post #13 of 22 Old 02-08-2011, 04:01 PM
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50 miles is not that bad if they are a better vet.
We have several vets in the area. I actually use one that has a $75 farm call (I think they are about 30 miles away). There are closer ones with a smaller fee but this particular vet, I can call with any questions (even ones like, Blue is "acting wierd - What should I do" or "what temperature should concern me?", I can order certain meds without them needing to come out (such as banamine, bute, shots, ace, etc) or I can call them out and they will come. Never, and I mean, never, had they made me feel stupid or not worthy of owning a horse....

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post #14 of 22 Old 02-08-2011, 04:25 PM
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We used a certain vet while boarding, and once we moved the horses to our own property we figured we'd just use the same vet as my friend who is now only five minutes away. Well one phone call with that lady and I dropped that idea pretty quick. My friend is no horse professional, and she's never been to 4H and is still learning to ride. Her parents had horses before, but still it was all casual back-yard riding, nothing fancy. Well this woman couldn't stand that. She corrected everything they did in the most snobby way I have ever seen. Even how they were holding the horses. I can understand there are wrong ways to lead and hold a horse, but I was there and they were doing nothing wrong and the horse was almost falling asleep he was so calm while the vet did her thing. They just shrugged it off and said "at least she knows what she's doing and is cheap". Well, yes she's a good vet for routine things, but I would never count on her for an emergency. It took her over an hour(I am not kidding by any means) over the phone to tell me that my filly didn't need her wolf teeth extracted and that horses shouldn't have to be sedated in order to float their teeth. (My stallion is spooky and before I owned him, he had never had the procedure done and was in serious need of it.)
Yes, it could have saved me a couple hundred dollars, but I didn't care at that point and I just went with our vet from the boarding barn. He travels all over PA and to WV and other places, and his call fee is $50. He is the best vet I've ever encountered, as he takes his time with the horses, is patient, and gets the people involved. He's also a certified Equine Dentist, and did a fantastic job. I love how much he had me help him, and how much he showed me. He actually teaches you things, unlike some vets that almost try to hide it like it's a secret so you have to keep paying them to come out for every little thing.
I guess it all comes down to how good they are at their job. Of course everyone would prefer a vet who is nice to the people too, but I guess you can't always have that.

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post #15 of 22 Old 02-08-2011, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84 View Post
Never, and I mean, never, had they made me feel stupid or not worthy of owning a horse....
All of the doctors at our clinic have wonderful stall side manners.


The vets can only work with the information they are given. Which works both ways. Not enough information and they may think the issue is not as critical as it is. Information that is not relevant will confuse them.

When we are worried about our horse (or car, or appliance, etc) any answers may come across as snippy or rude. Just because they are not holding your hand or patting your head does not mean they don't care.
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post #16 of 22 Old 02-08-2011, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by mls View Post
When we are worried about our horse (or car, or appliance, etc) any answers may come across as snippy or rude. Just because they are not holding your hand or patting your head does not mean they don't care.
I couldn't agree more.
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post #17 of 22 Old 02-09-2011, 03:32 AM
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I really believe one or two I've met don't care though. Maybe they get tired and jaded after a lot of bad experiences, who knows. But how about a vet that when I brought in a dog I found in the road with two broken legs said, "Sorry, we're closing in 10 minutes so we can't take a trauma. Why don't you bring her home and lay her on a blanket until the morning?"
Luckily the vet a few blocks away opened up the building for us even though they had already locked up and did all the necessary exams so she could at least be put humanely to sleep, poor thing.

Also, I would have to get a new vet if they said my horses didn't need to be sedated for teeth floating! If they tried it they'd probably get injured.
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post #18 of 22 Old 02-09-2011, 04:04 AM
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Originally Posted by gottatrot View Post
Also, I would have to get a new vet if they said my horses didn't need to be sedated for teeth floating! If they tried it they'd probably get injured.
Exactly. Our 20 year old gelding can be floated without sedation, but that's with hand tools only. I don't think it'd go over well if they were electric. I can only imagine what would happen if you tried to float the teeth of a spooky horse without sedation. That vet is crazy.

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Vets are people and they come with our flaws, some will have no social skills, some will not explain things well or at all, some just want the money. The key is to find the one that works for you.

I wouldn't care if a vet was abrupt with me, but I would expect them to explain what is going on, but that is my personality, I need to know the things I need to over think.

50 miles is nothing for a vet, if you are in the area they service, then they can be your vet.
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The first horse I saw with locking stifles terrified me; when I called the vet I thought it was a neurological problem becaude the poor horse was crab walking sidewise, the one leg was completly stiff and he was in a full body sweat. This was well into my career as a professional and when I was running my own boarding/training/lesson business. AND I prided myself on being competent to handle most horse emergencies and to be my own vet for a lot of things. Believe me, I told the vet on the phone that it was an emergency and to "Be here now!" How I had never encountered this problem before in my career I don't know.

So imagine how I felt when the vet took one look at the poor horse, backed him up three steps and the stifle popped and the horse sighed and relaxed. I felt like the world's prize idiot. The vet was gracious about it, and I was so relieved I didn't really care.

I have no idea if your vet was condescending or not, but I do want to validate that locking stifle can be pretty terrifying if you don't know what it is. No one should criticize you for considering this a serious situation.

If he's the only vet around, just tell yourself that you're paying for his education, knowledge and experience - he's supposed to know more than you. If you were equals in knowledge, why would you pay him to treat your horse.
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