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        04-22-2011, 02:47 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I pay for everything my self, Buzz hasn't seen a vet since 09 now I think and that was for a sugeroy which literally broke my bank in half.
    I am in the process of buying a thermonter and sethoscope for my vet kit (I already have bandages, scossors, instant ice pack and some other random stuff)
    I know how to take his pulse and no what a normal pulse is, I know where to hear gut sounds from and no what is normal and what is not.
    I know how to put bangdges on, thanks to the sugerory and PC.

    After Buzz running into a fence post I am pretty confident I can manage all minor scraps and bumps.

    I do know how to give the needles, never have as I have never really understood them, but am planning on getting him vaccinated by my self in a few weeks

    What I'm trying to say is that I can do a lot of things for my horse by myself, why ring someone to come out and tell me excatly what I alredy knew or tell me how to do something I already knew how to and pay them a riduclus amount for it.
         
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        04-22-2011, 04:39 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Maybe I'm just an over-protective horse mummy. I can see my horses weight myself, etc. I feel confident with the care of my own horse. I guess the topic of this was more making sure you either have the ability to care for your horse by vaccinating your horse yourself or getting a vet to do it.
         
        04-22-2011, 10:38 AM
      #13
    Showing
    Well, folks, we are not allowed to vaccinate against rabies in my state (true for number of states BTW), as well as I can't take my horse anywhere (including organized trail ride) without coggins. So I have to pay the vet in any case. And I just ask to give all shots then. :) I used eq dentist this year, but (thank God!) they don't charge the farm cal!
         
        04-22-2011, 11:58 AM
      #14
    Trained
    I give vaccinations myself too. But they don't get much, they live alone, just the two of them. No coming or going horses, and the last case of rabies in WA was a bat in the 70's. It's not something vets even push to get done. They only get vaccinated for things biting bugs carry.

    I want to look into an equine dentist, do you find they are cheaper, more expensive, or the same as a vet? That's the only time my vet is out.

    Also, RedTree, when was the last time your horse's teeth were done? It should be done annually.
         
        04-22-2011, 01:13 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    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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        04-22-2011, 01:26 PM
      #16
    Trained
    That may be true, Sunny, but it is not often you find a horse that truly doesn't need an annual float. And unless the vet put her in the hold-jaw-open halter and actually looked/felt around, he wouldn't have a real idea if they needed to be done or not anyway.
         
        04-22-2011, 01:33 PM
      #17
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    Well, folks, we are not allowed to vaccinate against rabies in my state (true for number of states BTW), as well as I can't take my horse anywhere (including organized trail ride) without coggins. So I have to pay the vet in any case. And I just ask to give all shots then. :) I used eq dentist this year, but (thank God!) they don't charge the farm cal!
    I believe in most states in the US a rabies vaccine is not considered given unless given by a vet.

    I am with you, if the vet is coming out to do that, then I might as well have them do everything else. Then I know the vaccines were properly handled so affective.


    Chinga, do not feel like you are an over protective owner. I think you are simply being a good owner.

    I like knowing I have a relationship with my vet(s). We are a team doing what is necessary to keep my horses healthy.
         
        04-22-2011, 01:38 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    I actually thought the same thing last year when he checked her, but he explained to me how to feel(without a clamp) the areas most commonly plagued with points or excessive ware. He told me between what he felt, combined with her diet and age(at the time 2), that he thought she would be fine without a float. As an aspiring vet I like to put in to practice any advice I receive from professionals, but I'm too much of a chicken to put my fingers in Brat Face's mouth and feel around like he did.
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        04-22-2011, 01:43 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Ahh. Yes, at that age, I wouldn't have been worried. That will likely change when she gets older though. =] Haha.

    Always, I don't think it's an "it doesn't count," thing. I don't think you can buy the rabies vaccine like you can other vaccines.
         
        04-22-2011, 01:51 PM
      #20
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    Originally Posted by Sunny    
    As an aspiring vet I like to put in to practice any advice I receive from professionals, but I'm too much of a chicken to put my fingers in Brat Face's mouth and feel around like he did.
    Way easy. Grab her tongue and pull it to the side and hold it there. Then you are able to use your other hand to safely feel around inside. They will not bite through their tongue.

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    Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
    Always, I don't think it's an "it doesn't count," thing. I don't think you can buy the rabies vaccine like you can other vaccines.
    In some states (like NY) you can not buy it. In other states (many of them) you can buy it but it simply is a waste of money because if anything happened and you had to show proof of rabies the fact that you bought it does not count as proof.
         

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