The Horse

MAR 2019

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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Page 12 of 75 | The Horse March 2019 13 DIANE RICE H ave you ever waited for your horse's veterinarian for what seemed like an eternity past the appointment time, your frustration building by the minute? Have you ever had trouble getting any vet out in an emergency, much less your own, or ever swallowed—hard—when you learned the cost for the services performed? Have you ever considered what can you do to avoid these scenarios or alleviate or even eliminate these negative feelings? It might behoove you to put yourself in your practitioners' shoes for a mo- ment. Veterinarians don't start each day planning how they can get under your skin. They want to give you and your horses the best service they possibly can. They've gone through years of special- ized schooling and training to ensure they can do just that. And they've taken an oath to use their knowledge and skills for the benefit of society, to promote equine health and welfare, to relieve animal suffering, to protect public and environmental health, and to advance comparative medical knowledge. So what's your part in the process? We asked two mobile equine veterinarians — Danny Borders, DVM, of Borders Equine Clinic, in Middleton, Idaho, and Brittany 10 steps toward more positive experiences during farm calls and emergencies

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