We have a binder for all of our animals' medical records - including Coggins tests and vaccination records for the horses (and pictures of them, as well.) We used to have a vet that we adored - he was great with our dogs and cats, but not so great way back when we originally had horses. Fortunately, we never had any emergencies back then.
The horses we have today are pretty much all "rescued" horses, and came to us with various health issues. ("Rescue" in this instance = they all came from bad situations and were either purchased as a mercy to their previous owners, or were given to us by their previous owners that could no longer care for them. We are not now, nor have we ever claimed to be a rescue operation, it just happpened that we got some horses out of bad/potentially bad situations.)
When we got the horses, we started using an equine vet. However, after finding out how badly he had deliberately misled us regarding the condition of two of our horses, we went to a new vet. He is fantastic, and is also an equine vet. He's been out to our place on one "emergency" or another several times in the last couple of years. The one episode we had with colic was the same night his wife was giving birth to their most recent child. His partner was stuck on deliving a red bag foal, and could only talk us through what we needed to do until she could get there.
Fortunately, that colic turned out to be very mild and resolved itself. It was due to a kick in the belly, not anything to do with the digestion system. Our regular vet was out the next morning (sleepless night for him, no doubt!) to check on our patient, but he was up and playing, eating, drinking, pooping. He was fine.
We didn't get charged for that visit - vet had coffee and breakfast with us and called it even!
Plain Old Dee, horses Dancer and Rain I believe in dragons, unicorns, good men and other mythical creatures!