From Endurance to Dressage
Since we're talking about vets ...
A few days ago, Austen, over at Guinness on Tap, posted a really disturbing account of her most recent interaction with a vet. It was enough to get any horse owner hot under the collar.
It got me thinking though. We have three or four large animal vet options here in town. There are two brick and mortar hospitals and several independent mobile vets. At Bakersfield Vet Hospital, the hospital I use, there are three doctors on staff while the other hospital has only one doctor. Basically, if you call a vet out, you know who you are getting.
After reading about Austen's experience, I realized that might not be the case around the rest of the country. So, I am curious. Do you take your horse to the vet, or does she come to you? Do you always use the same vet, or do you use whoever is on staff?
I put together a small poll below. I'll give it a few days and then publish the results later. Thanks for participating!
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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