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post #1 of 6 Old 09-29-2010, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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vet question?

How much is a yearly check up? Which bills will insurance cover?
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-29-2010, 02:10 PM
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It's not quite as easy as a yearly check up. Are you asking this because you are looking into getting a horse or...? They need flu jag's and possibley others depending where you live once a year and need their teeth done yearly or six monthly depending on the horse. You also need to factor in injury and ailments which frequently occur. Depends on your area, most vets charge call out which can be costly. You best bet is to phone you local vet and ask their call out fee to you'r area and prices for check ups, jags and teeth. Insurance don't pay for anything like teeth, jags etc insurance is only for costly injurys and vet treatments such as opps or xrays, it all depends what you put in you insurance how advanced or minmal your plan is.

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-29-2010, 03:35 PM
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You are going to have to call around and find out how much things cost in your are. Prices are very area dependent. What vaccines your horse will need and how often they will need them is also very area dependent.

I have no idea if horse major medical covers routine care.
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vet fees/calls can change depending on location but here's MY basic breakdown:

I get my shots twice a year. I get just about everything, which depending on where you live, you may not needs some, such as Potomac Horse Fever and West Nile Virus, also I get Botulism, if you don't feed round bales, you won't need that one.

Truthfully, what you really need is a rabies, tetnus, and I would suggest the 4 way. (is it 4 or 3?)

Anyway, for just about everything I pay about $100 per horse twice a year. Once a year I get a coggins which is around $24. My farm call is $75 and my exam fee is $25. Some of my horses get teeth done twice a year, but lets go with a once a year, that's about $100 because we drug for that.

SO... for one horse in my area getting everything (once a year) you are looking at about $225 in shots and $100 in floats, which can be don at a different time. Just remember you pay the farm fee and usually an exam fee with each visit. My vet is high on the farm call, most are around $35.

For emergency you can expect to pay around $200 - 300 per emergency. To be safe, I'd plan for 2 a year.

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-02-2010, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84 View Post
Botulism, if you don't feed round bales, you won't need that one.

Be careful with this, we saw botulism last year on a horse that was on square bales, later found out a dead cat got baled up in it. Have seen this twice in 2 years. But I agree it is rare enough that you probably wouldn't vax for it.
Truthfully, what you really need is a rabies, tetnus, and I would suggest the 4 way. (is it 4 or 3?)

The 3 way/4 way designation is another tricky deal as depending on what manufacturer you're talking about they can be completely different vaccines. Best just to know what is in them and refer to them by that. But you definitely want to give rabies and tetanus.
The best way to know what you can expect in maintenance is to call your local vets and ask their rates. And as farmpony mentioned plan for a few emergencies a year at a minimum of $300 per horse.
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