Bridlewood, you have to remember one thing here in OK. Horses are livestock and thus, property, and the owner can pretty much do as they please with them and that includes refusing to spend money on a vet. About the only thing you can do is to put a 'standard of care' clause in your boarding contract that basically states "the owner agrees to maintain a standard of care that equals or exceeds the standard of care at the boarding facility, Name, located at: Adress, City, County, State, Zip Code". That way you can always say, "At this facility the standard of care is ............ and you agreed to uphold that when you signed the contract to board your horse here. If you now choose to not uphold the standard of care you MUST move the horse off this property IMMEDIATELY.". If they want to stay they will give in.
And for me, refusing EPM treatment is not abuse, however I would have had the horse euthanized immediately upon receiving the results of the test. Since he died before the results came back, then it turned out not to be necessary and the meds wouldn't have made a differance, more than likely.
Last edited by Dreamcatcher Arabians; 10-25-2011 at 03:38 PM.