I have my mother, who was a Respitory Therapist since she was graduated from high school. She's been in the medical field her entire life and learned everything unprofessionally, only learning Respitory in college.
Alright. So, I have never, in fifteen years had to make an emergency vet call. We've had foals stuck in birth canals, colicking horses, horses with snake bites on their faces, mud fever, thrush, founder, everything under the sun. Mom cured everything. Even the founder....No vet or farrier help. I remember being five years old and watching her take blood and shove tubes into nostrils to make sure the horse can still breahe after a snakebite to the nose. We had a paint stud named Lucky Sonofa Gun who had lack of oxygen in the birth canal and got brain damage. She kept im alive and he lives today. Granted I did all the feeding and milk syphoning and such and consider him my horse for all intensive purposes, but to begin with she was th one that saved him.
She can shoe, but we don't have the proper tools so we call the farrier. She gives shots, anesthesia, and everything that requires a needle. Our vet we use for the dogs just hands her needles and a bottle of whatever it is and she sticks the dog on the table and we leave with nothing lost. Our local euine vet does the same thing. Hands her a bottle and sends her on her way.
I don't think it's ridiculous. Everyone else seems to. What do you all think?