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post #1 of 8 Old 03-23-2014, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Vet Recommendations in Gainesville, Florida

Hey all, I just moved to Gainesville, Florida and need a vet recvomendation for my ottb mare. She's knock-on-wood in good health, but I'd like to find and get to know a vet so if god forbid something does happen, I'll know who to call and he/she will know me and my mare. Obviously if something did happen I would do anything to save my girl, but I would like a vet on the cheaper side of the scale. I don't want to have to pay hundreds of dollars for something routine that wouldn't cost as much with a different vet. Thanks!!
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-23-2014, 11:30 PM
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Welcome to the forum I would check out tack store feed stores they may know of vet in the area even check small animal vet they know each other good luck and post pictures

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-24-2014, 12:37 AM
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Hi,
I live just north of Gainesville!

I know all the vets in this area. Dr. Lacher is one of the best, but is on the pricey side. She is great for lameness issues.

Dr. Hiers is cheaper and I use him as my equine dentist. His prices are reasonable. I'm not sure I would use him for a lameness exam but he stayed for 4 hours with a colicy horse on a Saturday night until about 10pm! So in an emergency definitely try him.

Dr. Porter does not charge a visitation fee. His fees are pretty reasonable and he has a lot of experience. This is his blog/website:
Michael Porter, Equine Veterinarian

I wasn't thrilled with Dr. Townhouser. I would probably not recommend her. I may have mis-spelled her name.

There is another lady vet, but I can't remember her name. She and Dr. Hiers take turns doing emergency after hour calls.

I haven't tried the UF vets, but they are extremely expensive.
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Great, thanks SO much!!!!!! Would you recommend Dr. Porter? Have you used him before?
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-25-2014, 05:57 PM
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I've used everyone at least once.

Dr. Porter did a lameness exam with X rays on my mare. We tried SI injections but it didn't work. I think it came out to be around $600 for X rays of hocks, stifle, sedation and the injections. So pretty reasonable.

My horse has a difficult lameness to diagnose, as he was the second vet I've had look at her and no one knows what is wrong. The first vet did X rays on the other leg, and stifle injections which didn't help either. We also tried Pentosan injections for 6 months. At this point it looks like she will need to be retired from riding or only used for walk-trot. Her X rays are clean, so know one really knows what is wrong.

He is good but does require an appointment ahead of time.
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-26-2014, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Ok great, thank you for all your help! And I'm so sorry to hear about your horse! Is she insured? If she is, maybe try a bone scan? They can be pretty pricey, but if you have insurance that would cover it... Another thing that I know worked for a friend of mine was an equine chiropractor/massage therapist... Again, with insurance that could possibly solve the problem, but without can be a bit pricey depending on your vet...
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-30-2014, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Would you by any chance have Dr. Porter's contact info? I can't seem to find it on the web...


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I've used everyone at least once.

Dr. Porter did a lameness exam with X rays on my mare. We tried SI injections but it didn't work. I think it came out to be around $600 for X rays of hocks, stifle, sedation and the injections. So pretty reasonable.

My horse has a difficult lameness to diagnose, as he was the second vet I've had look at her and no one knows what is wrong. The first vet did X rays on the other leg, and stifle injections which didn't help either. We also tried Pentosan injections for 6 months. At this point it looks like she will need to be retired from riding or only used for walk-trot. Her X rays are clean, so know one really knows what is wrong.

He is good but does require an appointment ahead of time.
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