A vet has to give rabies here, too.
I never got the rabies vaccination for my horses before, but the stable I'm moving to next month requires it, as well as the coggins. Because of that, Sun has a vet appointment tomorrow. Last year we gave them ourselves.
As others have said, I am competent enough to handle most minor injuries. Sunny is very accident prone, but she hasn't been to the vet since I've had her. She got her neck hung up on something pretty badly last summer. All we did was call the vet, told him all of the details, and he prescribed us an antibiotic. No trip to the vet needed, and she healed quickly and without complication.
So, I suppose I'm with most of the crowd here. I don't do yearly checks, but I surely won't hesitate to call the vet if I feel I can't handle something.
ETA: Not all horses need their teeth done annually. When the vet was here last year(barn call for the other horses) I asked him to look at Sun's to see if they needed floating. He said they were fine; no sharp points, no unusual or uneven wear, etc. Tomorrow I will ask his opinion again. If he thinks they should be done, we will. If not, we won't. Two of the other horses, however, must have them done annually or they get sharp points. It all depends on the individual horse.
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