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    01-09-2013, 11:57 PM
Originally Posted by BBBCrone    
Say what???

Okay I'm not vet but yeah ... definitely time for a second opinion. And perhaps a refund. Dang.
Ooooh can I ask for a refund if a second opinion argues otherwise?

I am still waiting for her email with her full write-up (the little printer in the truck wasn't working, so she said she'd send her writeup this evening). What confuses me is that several people know of this vet and have not had bad experiences, yet I have to say totally agree that her diagnoses are jumping the gun and possibly unfounded.

I can't wait for that second opinion so I can get some peace of mind.
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    01-10-2013, 12:07 AM
LMAO ... Well I would but I'm a snot like that. Especially if all this comes out to be unfounded which ends up costing you more money in the end for nothing. It's one thing if he needs it but money doesn't grow on trees. But like I said, I'm a snot LOL
    01-10-2013, 12:10 AM
Originally Posted by BBBCrone    
LMAO ... Well I would but I'm a snot like that. Especially if all this comes out to be unfounded which ends up costing you more money in the end for nothing. It's one thing if he needs it but money doesn't grow on trees. But like I said, I'm a snot LOL
LOL oh we have that in common. I am the kind of person to write nasty reviews for their website until they make it write... as we speak, I was just filling out a "client feedback" form on the vet's website...

I truly hope it was all unfounded and the most trouble I have is getting my money back!
    01-10-2013, 12:21 AM
* right, not write! Haha. Make it right!
    01-10-2013, 12:25 AM
Get a second opinion. That is my only advice. I would refrain from doing anything while you do - imagine for a moment that the first vet is right, and you did more damage while waiting for a second opinion?
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    01-10-2013, 12:27 AM
Yep ... Chiila definitely has a point. Wait until the second opinion and then do what you feel is right.
    01-10-2013, 12:29 AM
I think I will. I didn't ride today and booked the farrier ASAP (hence the tomorrow AM appointment), and am waiting for a call back for when I can do my second opinion with the other vet. I want to get this squared-away as soon as possible. Thanks for the support, guys. :)
    01-10-2013, 09:51 AM
Green Broke
From those photos I do not see a single thing abnormal about your horse's fetlocks or the amount they drop at work.

The object of a horse's fetlock IS to absorb shock so they will drop when weighted more (at the trot, canter and gallop).

Look at the hind fetlock on this horse at the gallop. (This is Upset beating Man O' War BTW). The other photos is the series from the Muybridge photos showing Clinton Cantering. Look at the fetlocks.
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    01-10-2013, 01:43 PM
Thanks Elana, those help. I agree with you 100%.

Here are some videos after the farrier today. I didn't have anyone with me to do trot towards/away, but here's some roundpen and me being sick/stuffy/tired and talking in the backgorund, hehe.

On that youtube acct there are two other vids of him wearing boots, which I didn't post here-- I took off the boots because I didn't want to change too many things at once and then not be able to pinpoint a behavior (new weird boots, new feet, etc ).

I should also mention that I did ride a little just to make sure he felt right--first time with this new farrier--and Jax was eager to go go go! He didn't feel off so I gave in a loped him around the arena a little to get his jitters out, and he seemed happier for it.

Any thoughts on his movement? I *think* I see that sometimes the gap between his rear legs is shorter than that between his fronts, but then other times it evens out.
    01-10-2013, 02:17 PM
Green Broke
That horse has a nice floating movement. He is simply going along.. not putting in effort.. and he is floating.

I see NOTHING wrong with that horse.

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