Nah I blame the vet to a degree. I told him beforehand that he needed to go slow but he blew me off. So he got what he had coming not listening to me lol. I'm thankful he didn't get hurt, don't get me wrong, but I do think he learned a lesson.
One of my young guys needed 17 stitches in his chest. He was in cross ties and when the vet arrived he was going to sedate him but I told him to just freeze the area and sew him up. The horse stood perfectly still while the vet clipped the area and then sewed him up. He never moved but I noticed a slight flinch at the end of the cut and that was because the freezing never took at the very end.
He then stuck him with 2 needles again just up and stuck them in the neck. There was no messing around, the horse just stood and accepted.
Is he less then your horse because he accepted????
When they put him down for a shattered leg they needed a port in his neck so they inserted one and sewed it in so they could inject him easier and faster. Again he just stood rock still on his 3 legs and accepted.
Lost a great boy that day.. AGain was he less because he didn't make a fuss, was his foundation weak? or was it alot stronger then yours.
I do the herd plan on 25 horses. About 20 stand perfectly for the needles and the tube with dewormer squirted down the throat.
5 fight everything but looking at the owners it is easy to see their weakness. AGain does the 20 have a poorer foundation then your guy or is he more related to the 5 fighters??
I feel the vet has every right to expect a good horse, a co-operative horse as does the farrier. It is expected and if your horse fights I don't consider it much of a foundation.
We use to do the teeth without without sedation and they stood , not anymore, now the vets all use sedation but my old guy just stood and accepted.
I guess I just need to work on my foundation more so he can be a real little puke when it comes time for the vet to handle him.
You did a good job showing the vet that you don't just go up to your horse and stick a need in him. Good job on building a solid foundation.