Join Date: May 2009
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Had a few disagreements with this vet over the care of the old mare we recently had to put down. This vet did not seem to want to listen to what I was telling her about the horse, basically told me my blacksmith was an idiot, and was just not very cooperative with us with the care the old horse required.
To make a long story short... the horse had a very bad hoof abcess that we were trying to treat. The horse also had a neurological problem that was causing a real problem in just treating her (she couldn't stand well, losing her balance, walked backwards in circles in her stall for 24 hours). The blacksmith told me what to do given the horses condition, knowing we could NOT soak her foot or hold it up for very long. Blacksmith is a long time friend and he's been doing my horses for over 20 years, and he is the the blacksmith all the vets recommend, so vet was way out of line.
A few days later, the old horse had a major neurological event (i.e., a stroke) and could not use her rear end and had to be put down by the vet I like.
I'm sure the vet I don't care for is an okay vet, but wish I could have gotten the one I like. But I don't want Dixie choking on her food longer than necessary. She just started doing this a couple days ago. I'm wetting her food to help with the situation until we can get her teeth looked at and fixed.
And now you know the rest of the story :)