Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I'm not sure if it's been mentioned but I'm going to play the Devil's Advocate for the vet.... vets deal with so many pushy horses that sometimes they just can't handle it. It doesn't sound like this very was overly abusive to your horse, just shanked him a bit, which I have no problem with. If a horse is fussy, I would absolutely not mind at all if my vet corrected it, within reason.
My gelding, Cinzano, was getting xrays done one day and he clunked my vet on the head with his nose, so my vet gave him a huge whollop on the nose right back, which I was absolutely fine with... if my horse is going to act up, he is going to get punished. Vets don't need the extra hassle of a misbehaving horse.
Now keep in mind I am not saying it is your vet's duty to correct your horse, and it is not your vet's place to abuse your horse. In either situation it would be better for the vet to leave.
Anyways, on to navicular: get a second opinion. I spent well over a grand a few years ago on my gelding because my vet swore up and down it was navicular. The abcess presented itself a few weeks later.
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