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post #11 of 31 Old 11-05-2009, 08:19 PM
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It's frustrating, isn't it! I'm lucky in that we have a vet nearby who is actually in it for the animals - She doesn't charge for travel, only charges for what she uses, always comes if she can... I often just call her and explain the situation, drive over, pick up some shots/bandages and such, and then pay her in a few weeks. She never asks for the money, I nearly forgot one time!

However, because of this she doesn't have a fancy surgery - It's her garage, and year after year the other vets try to shut her down. Lobbying by her clients has kept her open so far.

The only thing is she doesn't have any of the more advanced equipment - Can't do large animal surgery or anything. So you have to go the other vets - They charge for time, travel, blah, blah, blah... A friends horse tied up on the weekend, she gave them shots and advice, ended up about $50 - The other vet would have come out, checked up, la-di-da and cost over $200.

I don't really have any advice... Just sharing the angst at vets who overcharge!

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post #12 of 31 Old 11-06-2009, 02:21 AM
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You don't have to do it all at once.

I have never really got the vet out at all for anything much. I guess I should, but I grew up in a family that doesn't believe in immunization (do not want to talk about this, so if anyone wants to argue, deal) so I have never been immunized and I only immunized my horses if its required for a boarding facility.

You could always just get the teeth floated one time, and then another time get the tumors checked etc.

Also, in my experience horse dentists are usually cheaper, and often better, than vets for floating of teeth.

Don't over think it, just because you can't afford an inflated vet bill doesn't mean you shouldn't part own your horse.
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post #13 of 31 Old 11-06-2009, 07:10 AM
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I know that you can learn to give your own shots it really isn't that hard. I've been doing it ever since I was about fifteen. LOL and I hate needles. If you can, go to a vet and ask them to explain how.

Do yourself a huge favor and learn to drive a stick shift. Because you never know when that will come in handy. Again it really isn't that hard.

The fact that you are concerned about Lacey being well taken care of means that you are a good horse owner.
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post #14 of 31 Old 11-06-2009, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Saskia View Post

Also, in my experience horse dentists are usually cheaper, and often better, than vets for floating of teeth.
i wish this was true around here! i paid the vet $60 for floating one of my horses teeth (this included the sedation and ranch call) ... i had the dentist do my other horse and it was $225- OWCH

OP: talk to your vet about payments

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post #15 of 31 Old 11-07-2009, 04:59 AM
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Have you thought of giving the shots yourself? You can save yourself a boat load of $$s.

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post #16 of 31 Old 11-07-2009, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares View Post
Have you thought of giving the shots yourself? You can save yourself a boat load of $$s.
I have thought about it but I don't know how and I really don't trust my trainer/BO to show me the correct way to do it, yknow? Maybe I'll ask my farrier, she seems like a smart educated person... Haha

I emailed the vet about payment plans and they had all sorts of plans that I could get on to, now I just have to figure out the right one. haha

Thanks guys! =)

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post #17 of 31 Old 11-07-2009, 12:48 PM
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oh, your not a bad owner at all! unless your rich, its part of horse ownership to worry about paying the vets bills!! could her other half-owner pay half, and would you be able to save a bit on the vets fees, by getting them to come out to yours at the same time they come out to another horse, that is kept with yours or near to you? or could you call up a different vets to see what it would cost there, or even just ask the vet if you can pay in a couple of installments- maybe this vet wont, if you havent used them before, but a vet that knows you might! or, could you give up christmas presents, and ask for vet bill donations instead?
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post #18 of 31 Old 11-07-2009, 01:11 PM
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Don't feel bad about being a bit short financially for your mare's care...it happens to many of us. My gelding was recently kicked in his left front leg by a pasture mate and it cost me $400.00 when it was all said and done. I'm still looking for a big bubble to put him in so that he doesn't get hurt. lol.

It sounds like a payment plan would be a good option for you. Lacey is lucky to have you.
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post #19 of 31 Old 11-07-2009, 01:38 PM
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what i do to save $ is give the shots i can myself. its not hard, they vet can show you how. Things like rabies the vet HAS to do. Call other vets if you can $350 is ALOT. I just had my horse get a full lameness exam, sedatives, block, x-ray for like (including the farm call) $415. My vet charges about $115 for my mares shots. I use him for shots and a specialist for my mare when it comes to her lameness problems. There is nothing wrong with shopping around, talk to you b.o. / the horses owner about it.
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post #20 of 31 Old 11-07-2009, 01:38 PM
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Can you e-mail the vet and explain the situation? Sometimes if you're a young horse owner they will work with you to make a payment plan, like you pay three installments of $125 or something. I did this for my cat, I'm in college and she had gotten out of our apartment and got very seriously injured. I *had* to get her seen, but it was $800! I asked them to take out the useless "make us money" fees and let me pay in installments because at the time I was unemployed and in college.... they did and it worked out fine.

You're not a bad horse owner, in any case, you are trying your best to make sure she has great care- unlike her part owner/former owner...

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