My family has a small scale beef cattle operation, and my sis and I each have a horse. While we keep vet phone numbers really handy, we also need to be well informed on what can happen and how to deal with it, at least until the vet gets there (especially at calving time!
). If there's ever a time that I wonder why I have animals it's when I look at an animal fist aid book. It's amazing how many things can go so horribly wrong! I suppose you just have to make your situation as safe as possible, and read the fine print. Half of the stuff I read about comes right out and says that it's really rare for a horse/cow to have this kind of infection/complication. There's a fine line between well informed and hypochondria (a line that I have to keep an eye on sometimes, lol)
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown