No less important than a good vet is a good, reliable trimmer to care for your horses' hooves on a regular basis - I prefer a trim once every 4 weeks. And, to be confident about the health of your horses' hooves, every new horse owner should learn the basics of hoof anatomy, mechanics and care, to know what is desired and see whenever there's something wrong. Also, get to know local equine dentists and chiropractics.
A good idea is to store contact information of several local vets, trimmers, dentists and chiropractics, and also make friends with experienced local horse people, so that you have more options of help in case of an emergency or just a bigger question.
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
Last edited by Saranda; 05-08-2013 at 02:54 PM.