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post #11 of 20 Old 03-22-2011, 03:30 PM
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My trainer is also a paramedic and my horses are boarded at her place, so I let her make the call as to treat ourselves, wait and see or call the vet.

Minor bumps, scrapes, bruises, etc... don't need a Vet. Colic is a definite Vet call, fevers depends on which horse and if we know *why* the horse most likely has the fever and so on.

Lameness depends on where/why/how severe. When my mare came up dead lame on both front feet my trainer had the farrier drop by for an opinion before calling the Vet. Turned out she had bruised both feet, so no need to call the Vet, the Farrier handled it.
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post #12 of 20 Old 03-22-2011, 03:31 PM
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I'm similar to most of you.

I've had horses for a grand total of 4 years, but have been working with them for 10. My two are boarded at a lady's house, currently 7 minutes away from work, and 18 from my house. In May, I will be moving closer. It's self care, I'm out twice every day.

I will handle most things myself; cuts, bumps, bruises, etc. When it's over my head, likely needs stitches, or involves something major [eyes, cuts/gashes that sever tendons, any bone showing] I will call my vet asap. Colic also terrifies me, so I would also call the vet for that.

Lameness I will play the wait and see game. Anything prolonged that is, again, over my head, I will call for opinions, see if he wants to come out.

Gracie recently got hives that the vet was called for. She was in tremendous pain, she needed prescription-strength help, Benadryl wasn't helping.

When Gracie's jowls were swollen, I had the vet out three times. She seemed totally fine, but it was too close to everything vital to go without attention.

Luckily, I have extensive resources as far as farriers who will come out for an opinion, and my vet knows me well enough and my girls well enough to give me advice without pressing he come out unless it's necessary, as a lot of vets will do.

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post #13 of 20 Old 03-22-2011, 03:37 PM
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I call a vet when horse is in obvious strong pain or something is not right (and scary). Like when my paint reared and landed on post hitting herself BADLY right between the legs, she barely could move and showed no interest in anything (plus HUGE hematoma). I called the vet and he gave some cream to put on and bute I kept her on several days. I also called vet for abscess after trying to use itchamol (spell?) with no success, and she was very lame.

Scrapes, scratches, cuts, etc. (even ugly looking) I take care of myself.

BTW, if you have good relations with vet often just a call with the question is enough to help you deal with situation.

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post #14 of 20 Old 03-22-2011, 03:57 PM
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I own my horse, but board him at a stable 20-30 minutes away from my house. The care there is exceptional and I know they would not hesitate to call me for anything. The owner and I have similar opinions on when veterinary care is needed and I trust her judgements. She knows all of the horses' normal routines, there is someone in the barn overnight and they consistently check the horses.

Things that I would call the vet for are large wounds, small wounds causing lameness, wounds over joints which appear to be leaking synovial fluid, wounds near important bits (eyes, etc..), elevated temperature, signs of infection, dramatically different vital signs, colic symptoms, prolonged healing of skin abrasions, prolonged and spreading fungal things (ie scratches) and anything else pertaining to general health of the horse, which I think is normal. I also keep a comprehensive vet kit at the barn so I can deal with most of these things in the interm until the vet arrives, including administering drugs (although I make the BO do IVs lol).

One thing which is a bit different for me is the lameness bit. I understand that to keep the horse going at a high level it is important to address any small kind of "off" as quickly as possible. I phone my vet at any time in which my horse is even slightly lame or "off". He trusts my judgement and often we do our soundness evaluations and flexion tests undersaddle because I can often feel things better than anyone can see them.
My horse also gets a soundness evaluation/flexion test at least twice a year, closer to three times and often we correlate the vet exams with farrier visits so they can talk about what is going on with the horse. It's hard to get him out at the same time as my massage therapist because she is on a barn rotation schedule and often has to postpone visits. But I talk to him about what she finds and we can usually attribute it to something and often remedy the problem.

It's really cool having a great team working together to keep the horse performing at 100%. I have an awesome vet, farrier and RMT and am so lucky to have a barn which supports me too!

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post #15 of 20 Old 03-22-2011, 07:38 PM
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I'm with most of you, I generally will treat myself, I've had horses for 13 years and they have always been on my moms property, which is less then 5 minutes from my house...I've *knock on wood* haven't had a horse colic and have been very lucky with not having any major injuries. My horses are out side 24/7 with a barn in the pasture with one stall(currently no door on it tho) Both my mom, her friend Chrissy and I are all vet techs(small animal) Although my mom and I both run the kennel now, but Chrissy has access to antibiotics and medications if we need them and the formulary so we can do the dosage, I've also run blood work on them myself since any of us can draw blood and it's much cheaper to do it ourselves. Our vet is also a friend of Chrissys(before she was a vet she taught Chrissy how to ride) so if anything comes back abnormal she call her and most often we won't even need her to come out
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post #16 of 20 Old 03-22-2011, 07:57 PM
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I have been around horses on my own family's property for 27 years and I don't call out the vet for anything less than catastrophic. Most your typical cuts, bumps, lameness, etc, etc, I can handle myself. Even some of the nasty ones. I know how to do stitches in an emergency, even though I prefer not to.

I pretty much follow the same plan as Apachie. Minor colic, the vet gets a phone call to let them know I have an issue, but I'm treating it and they will only hear from me again if something goes wrong. That gives them a heads up that they may have to make an emergency farm-call. Though it has been so many years since we had a bout of colic, I don't really worry about that one too much. Eyes, yep, don't screw around with that. Choke is another thing I don't wait for, that's also an immediate vet call.

If it's something that I am not entirely sure about and am not sure whether to call the vet or not, my first call is always to my Dad. He's been around very large numbers of horses for about 60 years so, if something does happen, odds are he's dealt with it or seen it at least once before.

We keep a bottle of Banamine and Penicillin in the fridge in the house, plus plenty of needles/syringes, I know how to give shots when the horse needs it (works much quicker than the paste or pills).

Pretty much the only thing our horses have seen a vet for in years is your basic care that a person cannot do for themselves; teeth floating, castrating, coggins, and Flash got to go to the vet this winter when he developed sudden diarrhea and began to drop weight quickly. Dobe got to go a few years ago to have some melanoma's removed, but that is pretty much the only vet calls we have.
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post #17 of 20 Old 03-22-2011, 11:44 PM
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I board my horse with my trainer, and I have owned horses for 24 years, with a break in there for a period of years.

I would treat it myself, if I were unsure I would ask my trainer.

At my previous barn, I didn't trust the advise from people there, so if I didn't know what to do, I would call my vet and get advise over the phone or a call out depending on the situation.

For all leg and foot issues, I call my farrier first. I have an exceptional farrier.
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post #18 of 20 Old 03-22-2011, 11:56 PM
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I tend to panic when anything goes wrong with my horse. My trainer serves as my ' faux vet ' she always has her phone, and I've called her hundreds of times asking weather something is normal or not ( these are more ' should i get the vet to check this out next time she's over' type of thing ).

I call the vet whenever I see lameness, blood, pain, or colic. If nothing else she answers my questions and guides me through a treatment if it isn't serious. Talking is free, and luckily for me she enjoys doing so! I have the vet out every 6 weeks or so anyways, so I save my many questions for when she comes if I don't get around to asking my trainer.
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post #19 of 20 Old 03-23-2011, 12:28 AM
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I own a 62 acre boarding and training facility. I also went to school for equine science so I'm pretty familiar with most equine maladies.

I keep bute paste, banamine, ketoprofen, various eye ointments, dex and uniprim (anti-biotics) on hand. I also keep stain strips (to test eyes for ulcerations), hoof testers, thermometer ect.. on hand for testing before I call the vet. Basically the only time the vet comes out is to do teeth, coggins, stitches and xrays.

I call the vet for unexplained lameness' lasting longer than a week or so depending on the severity and how well it responds to anti-inflammatories, puncture wounds to the sole get an immediate call as well as it should be x-rayed. I call for choke that doesn't resolve with banamine after 6-8 hours or so. Swollen or half closed eye lids or cloudiness require immediate attention as well. Random nose bleeds or bloody mouths qualify a vet call.

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post #20 of 20 Old 03-23-2011, 12:47 AM
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Abby's had the vet out 3 times. One for chiro because her hip was out and she'd throw a bucking fit if asked to lope. The second after a couple conversations on the phone about her sudden odd behaviour, which ended up being ulcers. Third...ended up being completely irrelevant. I came back from Christmas and she was lame with cuts all over her leg, but were scabbed over for the most part. I called the vet because Abby wouldn't let me come near it and her winter coat was so long it covered most of the wounds, so I couldn't look at them.

She ended up getting tranqed to have them looked at (she still offered a kick while drugged) and it was nothing. She was fine a few weeks later. The vet said rope burn, but I have no idea where she got a rope.. I dunno.

My BO worked with a vet for 6 years and does most things himself and I would talk to him first. He's also good friends with the vet we all use, who is a very very nice lady, so I could easily call either one of them to ask about something I had a concern about. The vet is also almost 2 hours away from us, so she will gladly give instructions over the phone if it will save her 4 hours of driving when she could be doing other things.
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