Originally Posted by 7Ponies
I personally know two vets in our area that we refer to as "doctor doom and gloom". They always spout off the worst case scenario, especially if you are on the phone with them.
ugh this is why I get more than one opinion. The vet I trust the most with injecting my horses joints, etc. is the one I hate to go to with serious problems. My broodmare at home tore her XYZ ligament, he said destroy her- she will never walk again, another vet said let her stand and it will calcify. Guess what? She rides, walks, etc. no problems.
Recently one of my horses broke a sesamoid. (you may have seen that thread where I was trying to find a home for him) this vet said he would never race again, get rid of him ASAP. Another vet told me he could do the surgery (gave us a good price) and he couldnt be 100% sure, but he should be fine. Well guess what? Surgery is over, he has not taken a lame step since surgery, everything looks great, and he's so happy. We don't know if he will race again yet, but its looking great. The vet thinks at the point he will be 110% better than he was before the surgery.
So it always counts to get a second (and sometimes a 3rd) opinion