Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northern Michigan
I would do this : Make the call tomorrow. If she makes an appt. for Thurs, let's say, then spend as much spare time as you can with your horse in 15 min. increments. Get your horse to trust you through quiet patience. Take the halter/lead out with you but do not put it on. Stroke his neck, speak quietly, stand next to him and look around a minute, then put it up to his nose to sniff. Put halter down to your side, stroke him and say, "Good Boy". Gently rub halter on his neck, let sniff, say "good boy!" and simply walk away. Nothing more until next day. Repeat twice the next day, and then slip it on casually, stand a minute, and say, "C'mon Boy" as you walk a few steps. I'm not a trainer, but I do know that super casual/calm/nonchalant has gone a looong way in introducing anything new to my horses! :)
** Also, don't hesitate to call/ask around to other horse people for other less expensive vets if there are any... regardless, try to get as much info out of the vet visit as you can-have a list of questions ready for her.