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post #1 of 38 Old 12-03-2009, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Who handles your horse

I was thinking about something yesterday. I dont let my vet, dentist or farrier come out for an appointment unless my friend or myself is going to be there. Its a pain in the butt sometimes, on some occassions I have to take off work or leave early. Id rather just supervise everyone then worry about whos there. My farrier lives close and is very flexible and my vet works sometimes till 11pm, so its not a huge deal.

We had a vet, here in bucks county, who got his license taken away because he was beating horses, most owners didnt know about it. I have never met him, but I used his partner in the practice a few times. Most people were in shock when it came out. So I think twice about who is around my horses now.

Does anyone else so this? Am I over protective?

I used to babysit children for people and they took less care with their kids then I with my horses.

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post #2 of 38 Old 12-03-2009, 12:08 PM
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I've never had anyone other than myself or my husband handle our horses when they need work done. We've never had to leave one overnight. Not sure how I would handle that situation Probably worry myself sick and call them every 10 minutes

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post #3 of 38 Old 12-03-2009, 12:08 PM
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i would allow my B.O. or his wife to stay with my horse when the vet comes out. they have been working with him for 3 years before i bought him so they know him better then i do. i also have a good friend who has had horses for 25 years and knows far more then i do about them to be there. other then those 3 people, i would prefer to be there myself. you're not overprotective, you're just protecting your investment.

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post #4 of 38 Old 12-03-2009, 12:09 PM
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I'm there. If for some ridiculous reason I can't be I would have my dad, mom, or one of my two horsie friends there. But I wouldn't set an appt if I couldn't be there.
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post #5 of 38 Old 12-03-2009, 12:53 PM
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I'm the only person who 'handles' my horses... but if I couldn't get there, I'd ask my best friend... if she couldn't do it, I'd ask my other friends mother... otherwise, it wouldn't happen.

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post #6 of 38 Old 12-03-2009, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes View Post
I wouldn't set an appt if I couldn't be there.
I SOOOO agree!

Our liability insurance would not cover the vet or farrier heading out into the herd to get the horse. We have had the farrier fix a flat without owner present - but it is HIS decision and he knows he is 100% responsible. (the horse is left in a stall or the round pen for safe access)
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post #7 of 38 Old 12-03-2009, 01:11 PM
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I have different rules for different horses. For my foal, nobody but me does anything with him but pet him from across the fence if I'm not present. For his mama, I'll let my mom and sister deal with her, as they have horse knowledge and know what to do if she gets a bit fractious. For Sugar, I'll let anybody who can hold a leadrope and who I trust not to be an abusive piece of s*** handle her, which includes my brother, dad, sister, mom, any one of my non horsey friends, etc. However, I would never let a farrier or vet deal with one of my horses if neither I nor someone I trust could be present.

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post #8 of 38 Old 12-03-2009, 01:28 PM
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Nobody handles my horses except me. Actually I don't think anyone but me could even catch most of them as they really don't like strangers!
I occasionally leave one overnight at the neighbors when we are working cattle several days in a row just so I don't have to haul him back and forth but they all know I don't like people messing with my horses so just leave him wherever I put him. I'm definitly overprotective!
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post #9 of 38 Old 12-03-2009, 01:36 PM
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Tons of people handle my horse.
I have had the BOs hold my horse for the vet or farrier if for some reason I couldn't make it, however that has only happened once or twice. Typically, I am there for vet or farrier. Outside of that sort of thing, I let plenty of people handle him. I've had other people trailer him (I worried the whole time, but he was fine) and I give basic horse lessons with him so people learn to go out and get him, groom him, tack him up, etc. I have a girl that occasionally comes out and rides him for me when she gets the time if I have been busy with class.

For vet or farrier, its -typically- me, but I've had it otherwise before too.
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post #10 of 38 Old 12-03-2009, 01:40 PM
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Nobody handles Lilly except me or my mum...if we can help it. We were both present for the farrier and I skipped my morning class (attendance was not mandatory that day, but still...) to be there and hold her head while the vet administered the anal probe when she needed to be checked for pregnancy.

Our boarder does a lot for us seeing as we can't be out there every day atm, but one of us will always be out there to handle Lilly for appointments, and if that's not possible...the appointment will be rescheduled, if possible (i.e. not an emergency).

It's not just a liability thing for me, at least. As her owner I feel I need to step up to the plate and take responsibility for handling her and dealing with the vet/farrier/whatever face-to-face.

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