This is something I've been thinking about recently, but
's post made me decide to bring it up.
I have three horses. Pony has, overall, been really healthy. He pulled up lame a few months ago, which turned out to be saddle fit. Time (no cost) and couple of vet visits ($$ - $$$) cleared that up. Then I noticed he was counterbent at the canter in one direction. I got the bodyworker out ($$$); she's done a couple of sessions and thinks that it will just take a couple more to get him straightened out (literally, haha).
Moonshine had a stifle injury that, once diagnosed, we've been able to treat ($$$ every six months). Before the diagnosis, I had the bodyworker out at least half a dozen times, at $$$ per visit, to work on it. Once we got her stifle injected, I had the bodyworker out a couple more times ($$$ per visit), and the issue seems to be resolved, with the semi-annual $$$ injections.
I finally got Teddy's teeth all finished ($$$$) and now he has some sort of physical issue that has been looked at by the vet ($$$) and the bodyworker ($$$) without any real resolution. I'm currently at a loss for what to do about it, but the vet said that increasing his joint supplement might help, so I'm going to spend $$ for a month's worth of extra-strength supps to see if that helps.
The point of all of this is, I feel like there are people out there who have really healthy horses that seem to never need any work done. Or maybe those people do have those problems, but they just don't talk about it? Or maybe these people don't realize the horse is having problems, so they never do anything about it? Or are my horses particularly unhealthy? None of them does anything more strenuous than cantering the occasional 20-meter circles, or going over X poles that are low enough they can just be trotted over. Am I just unlucky, or am I more observant? Am I wrong that there are horses out there that don't need money spent on their health? Am I dumb for spending this much money on my horses? Am I a horse health hypochondriac?
My gut feeling is that I'm probably doing the right thing by paying attention to them and treating anything I think even could be an issue. The barn owner has a lot of horses, and she basically expects them to get by with nothing but routine health care and not-quite-frequent-enough farrier work. But, almost all of her horses have on-and-off soundness issues. Maybe these could have been avoided if she had spent more money on their care? I'm so worried about missing something that will lead to bigger problems down the road.
Sorry, this has turned out to be somewhat of a rant. I guess what I want to know is whether other people are routinely spending this much money on their horses' health care.