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.