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    11-07-2009, 01:46 PM
  #21
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You know I feel like a bad owner sometimes too! I just had to tell my BO that I wasn't going to be able to get the dentist out for my boy, even though he needs to be looked at (he cribs and is wearing his teeth down on one half of his mouth). But you know, I don't have the money to do it, and my parents are probably going to be paying half of my board for December as it is. I'm also having to skip on his vaccines, even though he's due this month but luckily its nothing that if he caught would kill him, just some preventative stuff so I don't feel so bad about that.

I'm in the same boat you are about the jobs, I'm basically scouring craigslist, my local paper....I'm even starting to consider moving out of state if I can get a job somewhere else!
     
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    11-07-2009, 09:17 PM
  #22
Trained
Unless this is the ONLY vet in the area, it's totally acceptable to call around. Just because this vet has worked with Lacey her whole life doesn't mean a new one won't be just as good, or better. If YOU know your horse, that's all that matters. It shouldn't be your vet that comes out and says, "oh hey, looks like she's doing this now..." because that's your job, know what I mean? So just call around, it won't hurt anything. =]
     
    11-07-2009, 09:59 PM
  #23
Yearling
It is def hard to make ends meet all over and no one wants to intentionally put their horses needs off. I agree that checking around for other rates or working out a payment plan is the best way to go about it. Keep your chin up , everything will work out for best.
     
    11-07-2009, 10:16 PM
  #24
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I have been kinda checking around and either the other vets around don't advertise or there aren't any other vets within a reasonable distance. It doesn't really make sense that there aren't other vets around but at the same time it does...

Where's a good place to get a feel for the equine vets around? The phone book? I've done multiple searches online and have only come up with the vet that has seen Lacey and some homeopathic vet that only does alternative medicine...
     
    11-08-2009, 10:21 PM
  #25
Yearling
I agree , where I am from there are really only 2 vet practices so it is either one or the other for me.
Perhaps asking other horse owners that you know who they use or ask at tack , feed stores , etc... to see if they may know of any. At the stores I go to they have a place for ppl to post business cards and sometimes you can find equine dentists or vets offering services that way.
     
    11-08-2009, 10:49 PM
  #26
Started
Bottom line, Lacey is lucky to have someone who cares enough to call and get a quote. Clearly you and your BO have a different set of standards when it comes to horse care.

The economy blows right now - no one is hiring. You're in college. You're leasing this horse and doing her a favor. Honestly, I don't expect you to have that kind of money laying around.

Payment plans are good options. I would say get her vaccinations and check her tumors. Teeth can be put off until you have the money saved away, unless she's dropping feed or appearing to be in pain. I mean, obviously if the funds were readily available, do it on schedule, but there's no shame in putting money away and getting it done when you can.

I would also say call around. There's no shame in finding a cheaper vet. Get copies of her vet records (they can't keep them from you) and call around to see who has the best prices.

Lacey is lucky to have you. Just keep telling yourself that you're good for her, and you'll find a way to get her what she needs.
     
    11-08-2009, 10:58 PM
  #27
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Originally Posted by LeahKathleen    
Bottom line, Lacey is lucky to have someone who cares enough to call and get a quote. Clearly you and your BO have a different set of standards when it comes to horse care.

The economy blows right now - no one is hiring. You're in college. You're leasing this horse and doing her a favor. Honestly, I don't expect you to have that kind of money laying around.

Payment plans are good options. I would say get her vaccinations and check her tumors. Teeth can be put off until you have the money saved away, unless she's dropping feed or appearing to be in pain. I mean, obviously if the funds were readily available, do it on schedule, but there's no shame in putting money away and getting it done when you can.

I would also say call around. There's no shame in finding a cheaper vet. Get copies of her vet records (they can't keep them from you) and call around to see who has the best prices.

Lacey is lucky to have you. Just keep telling yourself that you're good for her, and you'll find a way to get her what she needs.

Aw thanks! Good point about her teeth, I hadn't thought of it that way, because she does seem to be doing just fine with her teeth, they're just a little worn down but hey, she's 24!

Can they really not keep her records from me? I asked for them but the girl I was talking to said that they had to get a release from her previous owner and if they don't I can't get her records. And there's no way I can get a release from her since she's moved out of town and for some reason, no one I know knows her phone number. I talked to my BO about getting this lady's number and she said she'd look into trying to find it but she wasn't very hopeful. Sadly, Lacey's previous owner also has a super common name so there's no way of just looking it up on DexOnline or something. Haha
     
    11-08-2009, 11:04 PM
  #28
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If your BO has her bill of sale, or other paperwork showing ownership, she should be able to get the vet records. There's no reason why you should have to go through the previous owner.
     
    11-09-2009, 11:16 AM
  #29
Started
As I was reading ^that is exactly what I was thinking... Talk to your BO and see if she has some paperwork from the sale and maybe the girl you were talking to was being a stickler- talk to the vet
     
    01-17-2010, 10:33 PM
  #30
Foal
That price sounds a bit high to do a check up and teeth perhaps you should try finding a good dentist and split the things up a bit.
If you need a recommendation I would be glad to give you one.
     

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