Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
It's just luck.
I live an hour and a half from the big city and the all the good equine vets so I'm forced to use the two local guys. Both are multi practice farm types who are good with horses but have no clue about the major stuff! I had a COPD pony about to die on me and the vet said she had HEART FAILURE! Stupid, I diagnosed her from the internet and barely saved her life. Vet was like "oh great to know! I killed a horse the other day, probably just had COPD!" WHAT! Never using him again.
I just went in and paid a $400 bill for having my long time vet come check out two different occasions. NO meds, NO procedures, just a look and IDK. He charged me $100 extra for an emergency call on top of the $85 farm call to see 1 horse. I live 20 mins from his office. NICE. I've also been using this guy for 8 years now, have had up to 13 horses at a time and worked on some rescues, you think the guy would cut me some slack! His rates go up and up and up, I know, economy, less people caring for their animals, etc.
But, he's been there for me on terrible nights, held me once when I had to put down my old gelding, helped me wrangle a crazy stud colt to get him gelded (it was wild!), and has finally warmed up to me enough to smile which from him is RARE. So I just keep thanking my lucky stars I've at least got some help out here! Mine is getting close to retirement and I don't have a CLUE what I'm going to do! I think his son is going to vet school so maybe I'll luck out just in time for him to take over his practice, fingers crossed!!!!
You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!! What do you mean what do I mean?