Sorry guys I will clear it up. A vet was flown in from Perth for a 'vet school' - teaching is the basics of vet care BECAUSE of our remoteness. This was paid for by the mining company that owns the station. The colts were gelded while he was here. We are provide with vet bags that contain drugs we can administer, again because of our remoteness, and taught how to use and administer them.
The vet left the day after the gelding and was satisfied it went well.
The colt was fine for the rest of that day and the next. He only showed signs of being ill the following day.
The vet who gelded was given hourly phone calls and advised us on what drugs to administer. Posted via Mobile Device
As I said earlier wild_spot, I am sorry for your loss. But I am even more sorry you had to read through what I term "the usual snark" that seems to permeate some posts around here. Obviously some people just can't seem to imagine someplace where the nearest vet is 17 hours away, which if one drives 70 MPH (US miles) equals out to roughly 1190 miles away. They apparently haven't been out of their own cozy little corner of the world enough to really understand just how remote you are talking about. They are also quite quick to assume that negligence is involved and almost trip themselves jumping to conclusions based on limited information.
Sorry the little guy didn't make it, and huge Kudos to Wild_spot for staying patient and explaining the situation rather than getting all defensive and pissy about it, well done.
I lived for a while on an island with no resident vet, and no plane service, so the vet was not so many miles away, but the boats only run to the tide times, so twice a day, meant we had a similar arrangement, vet would come on the boat, spend a few days doing the vet visits and leave the appropriate meds. It does tend to make a person a little more self sufficient, but it is very scary.
I agree, I could never bring my own horses out here. I am here as a casual for muttering season. I live in a capital city so am used to having an array of vets on hand. It was a pretty devastating few days. It still hasn't really sunk in that he is gone. I feel for his owner who had just made the heartbreaking decision to put him down when he passed on his own :( Posted via Mobile Device