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    09-20-2012, 10:34 AM
Pre-Winter vet check up?

Am I crazy for getting my horses a check up before winter hits? They have both been seen by the vet within the past 5 months. I felt like this is a good thing to do, but many friends/neighbors have said otherwise. As it will cost me over $200 just to get then looked at plus a $70 farm call. I am getting their teeth done next month and I have no Health concerns with them. Let me know where you stand!
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    09-20-2012, 10:48 AM
I m all for preventative veterinary care. My vet sees my horses upwards of 4 times a year, even when they are completely healthy. Often then he is able to find small things before they turn into problems and then treatment is far less.
It really is personal preference, and a lot of people prefer not to spend $200 every few months, but I prefer that over large bills and layups.

Good luck!
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    09-20-2012, 11:16 AM
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IMO, there isn't a right or wrong answer. You have to evaluate the jobs your horses have and what they have been doing with themselves these last five months.

If you're also in a financial position to do that and it helps you sleep better at night, then spend the money.

I have two metabolic horses that also have other health issues; the vet is generally here a few times for them anyway. If somebody else has something questionable but not really "vet worthy", I will ask the vet to look at them, too.

I can financially manage to get the vet to the barn twice a year for legitimate physicals on all four horses. I feel twice yearly is sufficient as mine range in age from 17 to 26 and are pretty much retired trail horses.
    09-20-2012, 09:40 PM
I believe in having the horses seen at least twice a year for wellness checkups. One, I like to nip problems in the bud and the other is so that in the event of an emergency the vet has at least seen my boys healthy so he has a baseline to compare it to.
    09-21-2012, 09:35 AM
I don't think you're crazy at all! I'm in the same boat -- people think I'm crazy for getting my horse looked at 3-4 times a year. I'd be devastated if he came up with something serious that a vet could have addressed had they just seen it.
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    09-21-2012, 10:19 AM
Again, it's really based on your comfort zone and finances. I've been around horses since I was six and have learned to detect when something isn't quite right with my horses. I am always watching how my horses move, if the eyes appear bright or dull. Is one nostril pulled higher than the other? We caught influenza very early just with all the small early warning signals my mare was showing which she wasn't the day before.
    09-21-2012, 10:49 AM
Its a personal choice. Like said above it it keeps you sane and you have the money to do all means do it:) I too have been around horses (and various other farm animals) a long time, so I have gotten pretty darn good at recognizing when something just isn't right with one of them, and when to see if it'll pass on its own, or if I need to call the vet. My horses get to see the vet once a year unless something pops up.
    09-21-2012, 11:51 AM
I do it mainly because I board. I feel confident that I can tell when there's something going on with my horse but I know my BO doesn't know him as we'll as I do. Nor do I expect her to. There's plenty of little things that I could miss because he's not in my backyard so I take the extra precaution. If I had my hands on him several times a day, I'd cut back on the exams for sure.
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    09-21-2012, 12:17 PM
Green Broke
I agree with all above, it is a personal choice.

We get my horse checked around four times a year for a health check. He is also vaccinated and has his teeth floated annually. We do this for several reasons, he is worked quite a lot, we know he has had health issues (very prone to severe gastric ulcers & is a bleeder) and we also have the money avaliable to do so. I can tell when something isn't right with my horse and know him better than anyone, but I do like to know that my vet agrees with me.
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    09-21-2012, 01:04 PM
Oh and I think it definetly depends on what your doing with the animal. My girls are just trail horses at the moment, and don't get worked hard at all. So that is definetly a factor for me as to why my horses don't get 3 or 4 vet checks a year..

IF you are actively showing/ hardcore riding your horse I can fully understand the need/want for bi annually + vet check ups.

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