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Do you schedule yearly wellness exams with your veterinarian?

Yes
71%
798
No
29%
325

Total votes cast: 1123

Comments & Write-in Answers

it's good insurance

4/13/2009 11:06:08 PM

Too expensive and non productive

4/13/2009 10:36:58 PM

There are so many little things that might be missed without a check up every year.

4/13/2009 9:57:01 PM

Why? Because I am my horse's guardian--his best interest first

4/13/2009 7:44:32 PM

This includes using an Equine Dentist for the teeth.

4/13/2009 4:48:27 PM

So I can spot changes and trends.

4/13/2009 3:52:09 PM

Yes, simply because she's out to give the vaccs that I can't legally order and give myself.

4/13/2009 3:41:08 PM

To expensive

4/13/2009 3:27:14 PM

keeps the vet up to date on my horses

4/13/2009 3:13:02 PM

Spring shots & checkup.

4/13/2009 2:26:55 PM

no vet available

4/13/2009 2:19:16 PM

for the nasal strangles vac. & to catch incipient internal problems before they manifest themselves

4/13/2009 12:29:14 PM

Every Spring. To ensure that My mares may breed and everyone can show that year.

4/13/2009 12:11:51 PM

Part of Preventacare insurance program (from the makers of Strongid).

4/13/2009 11:56:00 AM

Except for coggins or vaccines, our horses haven't even been to the vet.

4/13/2009 11:04:23 AM

yearly vaccines very important, also good for my vet to know my horses' normal vitals.

4/13/2009 10:44:02 AM

I do it so I have updated health records and my horses are kept healthy.

4/13/2009 9:47:01 AM

bi-annual actually

4/13/2009 8:52:49 AM

always trying to stay ahead of problems with shots, farrier, and teeth

4/13/2009 7:20:57 AM

It is done with the yearly vaccines.

4/13/2009 7:09:13 AM

Every spring during the vaccination process

4/13/2009 6:37:22 AM

Twice a year for vaccines and check ups.

4/12/2009 11:32:10 PM

I schedule yearly exams just as I would for myself, for preventative maintenance .

4/12/2009 10:27:34 PM

costs

4/12/2009 8:08:48 PM

he might see things i miss

4/12/2009 2:26:04 PM

My vet gives shots twice a year, sees him on regular basis.

4/12/2009 2:20:07 PM

vulvar conformation

4/12/2009 1:37:05 PM

money

4/12/2009 11:07:16 AM

Maintenance Prevention

4/12/2009 6:12:15 AM

only about teeth

4/12/2009 5:36:06 AM

Too expensive, unless there is an obvious need for veterinary attention.

4/11/2009 10:23:31 PM

So that my vet knows my horses and has a baseline for treatment.

4/11/2009 9:27:03 PM

it is just part of being a responsible horse owner

4/11/2009 8:54:45 PM

shots and Coggins are a must

4/11/2009 7:49:38 PM

with vaccinations

4/11/2009 7:20:38 PM

Because I owe that to my horses

4/11/2009 7:02:06 PM

preventative maintenance

4/11/2009 6:36:01 PM

see them regularly anyway

4/11/2009 6:14:02 PM

Its responsible thing to do as a horse owner.

4/11/2009 5:17:45 PM

The farm call is too expensive

4/11/2009 5:04:26 PM

the expense

4/11/2009 4:17:52 PM

So that the vet will know how to get to my barn and be willing to come in an emergency.

4/11/2009 3:58:37 PM

actually bi yearly as my horses are all over 18! They're worth it!

4/11/2009 3:41:51 PM

In case I miss something an it makes me feel better either getting it fixed or a clean report.

4/11/2009 3:14:50 PM

every 6 months happy horse check

4/11/2009 2:46:25 PM

Yes, but not specifically. Part of spring/fall shots check-ups.

4/11/2009 1:53:23 PM

Get teeth floated at same time

4/11/2009 12:25:46 PM

I do this when I float teeth, vaccinate ect. to be sure all is well and on track

4/11/2009 12:13:27 PM

I've been in the horse business long enough(30+yrs) I know when something is not right with them

4/11/2009 10:47:42 AM

Done when teeth are floated

4/11/2009 10:04:50 AM

Never thought about it. Sees the vet twice a year for vaccinations, etc. Thanks will check into it

4/11/2009 7:41:48 AM

can't afford it

4/11/2009 5:29:23 AM

prevention is cheaper than a cure.

4/10/2009 11:39:52 PM

not necessary

4/10/2009 11:27:27 PM

I am a registered nurse, I do the exams myself.

4/10/2009 11:19:05 PM

I want to do all I can to keep my horses healthy.

4/10/2009 10:43:40 PM

Yearly check-up along with yearly booster shots!

4/10/2009 10:41:40 PM

medical check up at time of vaccination (spring) & medical exam for insurance (fall)

4/10/2009 9:12:20 PM

I think that it is irresponsible of an owner to not do this. The healthof our horses' depends on it

4/10/2009 8:15:28 PM

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

4/10/2009 8:03:41 PM

We do spring and fall visits.

4/10/2009 7:39:24 PM

my horses deserve it.

4/10/2009 7:24:27 PM

no need, they aren't sick.

4/10/2009 6:46:35 PM

Horses have to vetted for a local authority licence for treking yard

4/10/2009 6:37:42 PM

I did when my mare was insured with Strongid. But, I keep up will vaccines and worming & don't now.

4/10/2009 6:21:26 PM

Sometimes potentially fatal diseases can be caught and treated early.

4/10/2009 5:50:13 PM

so that my horse is on a routine schedule

4/10/2009 5:39:43 PM

why not??????

4/10/2009 4:53:42 PM

Twice yearly, for preventive care and wellness

4/10/2009 4:14:07 PM

dental checkups are critical for my 29-yr-old

4/10/2009 4:02:37 PM

I vaccinateand give I rabies shot annually. The vet is here and I check for anything irregular.

4/10/2009 3:14:51 PM

Regular, ongoing wellness care (dental, chiro, vaccinations, farrier) should include exam.

4/10/2009 2:39:00 PM

Yes; @ 21 yrs old it's important;plus vet comes out for teeth and vaccines so we do it all at once.

4/10/2009 1:22:54 PM

Charge to much.Does not prevent illness, so if your horse does get sick your going to see vet then.

4/10/2009 12:09:37 PM

too expensive

4/10/2009 11:33:52 AM

It is a part of the vaccination visit that my vet performs.

4/10/2009 11:26:29 AM

Plus annual shots, ultrasounds for the preg mares, Coggins for the traveling show horses.

4/10/2009 11:18:14 AM

local vets do not like to make farm calls-i trailer to office for coggins-i worm & vacinate my own

4/10/2009 10:46:31 AM

Vet does yearly vaccinations and dental but wellness is something I can monitor myself.

4/10/2009 10:36:46 AM

COST

4/10/2009 10:15:04 AM

exam coupled with immunizations in the spring

4/10/2009 9:33:37 AM

If things are caught early then the horse may remain sound in their later years.

4/10/2009 8:54:44 AM

A good opportunity to ask any questions you need an acurate answer too.

4/10/2009 8:48:12 AM

they are seen frequently for endurance competition ,coggins and health certificates

4/10/2009 8:47:43 AM

Responsible for a horse? Take care of it like your child !!!

4/10/2009 8:31:00 AM

If they seem find and no signs of anything, we don't. We can't afford it either.

4/10/2009 5:34:16 AM

No - because of cost. I manage every two years, usually.

4/10/2009 4:48:16 AM

I feel quite healthy

4/10/2009 1:44:16 AM

Not necessary. Every 3 years is fine. WE do all the vaccinations so only dentals are needed.

4/10/2009 12:52:48 AM

Stay on top/prevent any situations early.

4/9/2009 11:07:00 PM

I care about the health and longevity of my horse and have a great vet!

4/9/2009 10:37:22 PM

Because I love my horse

4/9/2009 10:23:35 PM

Good practice and do in conjuction with shots, sheath cleaning, and teeth exam.

4/9/2009 10:18:24 PM

do not think the exam is worth doing on a healthy horse

4/9/2009 10:16:24 PM

money

4/9/2009 9:09:26 PM

40+ years as a breeder/trainer gives me confidence to monitor my own herd of 10 horses.

4/9/2009 8:42:22 PM

an oz of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Besides they are my family members.

4/9/2009 8:40:23 PM

Good friend is a vet - see horse all the time

4/9/2009 8:13:13 PM

I know my horse better than my vet does and would catch any issues with my horse before the vet woul

4/9/2009 8:03:04 PM

I want my horses to feel good. I love them.

4/9/2009 7:22:54 PM

Wellness comes along with dentals

4/9/2009 6:39:27 PM

I am a registered veterinary technician, and feel that I can detect health problems that arise.

4/9/2009 6:10:26 PM

don't need to

4/9/2009 6:06:33 PM

I'm a vet tech in equine hospital, tuned in to my horses

4/9/2009 6:02:49 PM

spring & fall for vaccinations & an overall view as well as teeth checks

4/9/2009 5:38:59 PM

cost; hoof trimmer helps read health

4/9/2009 4:46:09 PM

Monitor their health for preventive maintenance and find out if there are beginnings of problems

4/9/2009 4:38:40 PM

Spring and fall

4/9/2009 4:25:55 PM

I'd rather be proactive than reactive in the care of my horses.

4/9/2009 4:04:54 PM

I do shot clinics & with periodic injuries they get checked by a vet at least a couple times per yr.

4/9/2009 4:01:38 PM

Just routine shots in spring & fall.

4/9/2009 3:53:58 PM

twice yearly

4/9/2009 3:53:04 PM

attend to overall wellness myself

4/9/2009 3:49:11 PM

My Vet sees the horses yearly during vaccinations. If any thing is wrong we talk then

4/9/2009 3:35:58 PM

Not specifically .. but they check during spring and fall shots

4/9/2009 3:30:34 PM

Wellness exam is an excellent preventive step.

4/9/2009 3:26:04 PM

TO HELP MAINTAIN A HEALTHY HORSE AND HERD

4/9/2009 3:21:21 PM

It's possible that I might not notice conditions that come on gradually. My vet will catch them.

4/9/2009 1:51:48 PM

twice a year prevention is a much better alternative to treatment

4/9/2009 1:24:04 PM

I'd rather catch subtle potential problems early so treatment can be more effective.

4/9/2009 12:51:10 PM

To get him updated on vaccinations and Coggins Test and to ask the vet any general questions

4/9/2009 12:21:46 PM

Vet only gives Rabies because NYS won't let me do it myself.

4/9/2009 12:19:09 PM

just as important as annual HUMAN exams :)

4/9/2009 11:27:36 AM

too expensive too many horses

4/9/2009 11:03:36 AM

My horses health is a major concern. A yearly exam can catch illness' in the beginning stage.

4/9/2009 10:59:30 AM

just a quickie when vaccs are done annually, too expensive for 17 school horses.

4/9/2009 9:41:33 AM

I want to keep my horse for a long, long time.

4/9/2009 12:59:20 AM

No only for those aged or with prior issues. Otherwise vaccinate my own & call vet for emergencies

4/8/2009 11:49:25 PM

it is very important in case you might have not noticed

4/8/2009 11:48:45 PM

Peace of mind! Just like with humans, it is good to have an overall health check annually.

4/8/2009 11:37:26 PM

yearly farm call for vacinations, any problems that need a vets opinion

4/8/2009 10:51:18 PM

I schedule shots and teeth floatings, but they don't usually do a general exam too.

4/8/2009 10:22:09 PM

Prevention just worth it

4/8/2009 10:10:28 PM

not thorough

4/8/2009 9:50:42 PM

I'ts too costly, so if I can handle it myself I will. If not I'll call the vet.

4/8/2009 8:33:09 PM

routine exam with annual vaccines and coggins pull

4/8/2009 8:13:35 PM

2x/yr to have exam, vax, check teeth; because the horses can't talk, so they get exams instead!

4/8/2009 7:49:31 PM

cost

4/8/2009 7:26:11 PM

at summer shot time I like everyones overall health reviewed. its easy to remember to do it then

4/8/2009 6:44:50 PM

He keeps all the information on his computer to keep vacinations for passports, worming, up to date.

4/8/2009 6:27:52 PM

Better safe than sorry!

4/8/2009 6:25:21 PM

prevention vs risk of disease

4/8/2009 6:04:30 PM

because I wants to make sure my horse is still in good health.

4/8/2009 5:58:11 PM

Waste of money

4/8/2009 5:50:48 PM

too much expense

4/8/2009 5:50:00 PM

My daughter is a vet!

4/8/2009 5:34:02 PM

2x a year Spring and Fall shots

4/8/2009 5:06:34 PM

My horses are vaccinated and dewormed, wellness exams are a waste of money.

4/8/2009 5:03:08 PM

He knows more than I do!

4/8/2009 4:59:03 PM

When we do spring and fall shots - preventative medicine.

4/8/2009 4:46:30 PM

To keep him healthy

4/8/2009 4:37:32 PM

peace of mind and being proactive

4/8/2009 4:33:22 PM

linked with dental check and annual innoculations

4/8/2009 4:12:56 PM

money

4/8/2009 3:40:40 PM

Want annual overview of health

4/8/2009 3:01:35 PM

I know my horse better than the once a year vet

4/8/2009 2:56:45 PM

Because it's good preventive medicine.

4/8/2009 2:47:54 PM

float teeth!

4/8/2009 2:46:53 PM

She does it as part of anoverall vaccination/Coggins test etc. visit, not a special trip.

4/8/2009 2:44:11 PM

2x year; spring & fall shots

4/8/2009 2:37:02 PM

I'm a vet tech and can monitor my horses effectively myself

4/8/2009 2:28:21 PM

Our vet comes by once/month, at our request. We also have the Platnium Plan in place.

4/8/2009 2:22:01 PM

coggins, inoculations

4/8/2009 2:18:22 PM

to make sure he's OK since he will be 27 it can't help to safe rather than sorry

4/8/2009 1:50:27 PM

Preventative care to make sure my horses are as healthy as they need to be.

4/8/2009 1:41:44 PM

I order and administer my shots myself......SO MUCH CHEAPER

4/8/2009 1:14:34 PM

better to act than react!

4/8/2009 1:13:19 PM

Preventative maintenance is a lot cheaper than a sick horse later..Delaware, Ohio

4/8/2009 1:08:20 PM

(Actually 2 checkups per year - Spring and Fall!)

4/8/2009 12:27:01 PM

I want my horse 100% healthy. A vet might find something I have overlooked.

4/8/2009 12:18:18 PM

The vet comes out to give annual shots so I have him do this at the same time.

4/8/2009 12:17:00 PM

I spend thousands of dollars when they are sick- why waste money when they are well

4/8/2009 12:12:15 PM

We do semi annual to reduce amounts of vaccs at one time + teeth checks.

4/8/2009 11:52:00 AM

I have coggins and all vaccines given yearly.

4/8/2009 11:44:06 AM

For prevention purposes.

4/8/2009 11:41:12 AM

Horse is 26; he has good teeth but it pays to check regularly. Plus just a good idea for his health.

4/8/2009 10:56:29 AM

2 times a year for vaccinations and teeth if needed.

4/8/2009 10:41:43 AM

My wife and I have annual physicals for ourselves and we do not consider our horses mere livestock.

4/8/2009 10:36:41 AM

I do it with spring and fall shots

4/8/2009 10:33:53 AM

Because having someone that does not see my horse everyday may see something I am missing.

4/8/2009 10:31:28 AM

My vet gets to see my horse when he's healthy, not just when he's sick

4/8/2009 10:27:58 AM

an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

4/8/2009 10:27:44 AM

It is so easy to do at EIA test time, and is good to have a fresh set of eyes evaluate.

4/8/2009 10:13:24 AM

I do my own shots, horses are check by vet at time of coggins, and other times during the year.

4/8/2009 10:11:05 AM

$85 ranch call + $85 exam fee + whatever else is needed

4/8/2009 10:10:59 AM

My vet sees my horses twice annually min.

4/8/2009 10:06:21 AM

annual herd heath for vacinations and teeth check

4/8/2009 9:54:32 AM

the health of my horses is very important to me

4/8/2009 9:42:59 AM

Not wellness exams per se, but vaccinate 2x a year, dental work 1x a year & briefly examine then

4/8/2009 9:34:12 AM

Just for yearly shots

4/8/2009 9:26:13 AM

Why not??

4/8/2009 9:15:37 AM

you are crazy not to.

4/8/2009 9:08:18 AM

No, just vaccines and floating. I have them look at things if I know of any problems.

4/8/2009 8:46:37 AM

need dental, shots anyway...

4/8/2009 8:37:59 AM

IDK; maybe the same reason I don't for myself! We just wait until something's wrong.

4/8/2009 8:32:48 AM

he gives shots 2 times a year and really my horses are well and i know when they are not my vet is t

4/8/2009 8:30:21 AM

cannot afford them

4/8/2009 8:18:31 AM

My gelding needs shots in the spring and fall so this is a good time to look him over.

4/8/2009 7:27:17 AM

My Bri has Cushing's so we see the vet more often than every year

4/8/2009 3:19:09 AM

Yearly vacs are important and vet gets to know horses as well as horses get to know vet!

4/8/2009 2:48:31 AM

vaccinations too. Good to be a client with a vet already when there is an emergency.

4/8/2009 2:11:00 AM

wellness exams prevent sickness exams, sometimes costing less in the long run.

4/8/2009 2:10:44 AM

he is here all the time anyway

4/8/2009 1:25:40 AM

I believe in active wellness for my animals and myself.

4/8/2009 1:18:59 AM

When your horse is at a boarding barn it is a MUST!!!!

4/8/2009 12:40:24 AM

Maybe every 18 months for teeth unless the horse needs veterinarian care.

4/8/2009 12:21:42 AM

My mare is seen 2X a year for shots.,etc., + injuries.Gets lots of attn.Deworm her myself to save $$

4/8/2009 12:11:28 AM

I have routine things checked on teeth and emergency visits

4/8/2009 12:10:35 AM

My horse, Thom, is almost 30 years old. My vet does all shots,a complete exam to keep him going.

4/8/2009 12:09:00 AM

When I have the money to afford it.

4/7/2009 11:59:29 PM

To be sure they are vaccinated and in good health.

4/7/2009 11:23:15 PM

To make sure I am on track with my herd's health and for the Vet to know their healthy baseline

4/7/2009 11:14:24 PM

annual coggins test

4/7/2009 11:14:13 PM

I like to have blood work done at least one a year.

4/7/2009 11:08:26 PM

I want to keep my horse as healthy as possible!

4/7/2009 11:06:39 PM

yes they get all their shots and ready for spring riding

4/7/2009 11:00:27 PM

too expensive, not worth it if your horse is healthy

4/7/2009 11:00:13 PM

Because I take my horse's health seriously & preventing illness is important.

4/7/2009 10:54:27 PM

Absolutely, to do their Coggins Test, checkteeth, clean sheaths, and update vaccines.

4/7/2009 10:54:11 PM

Its not cost effective, and I can tell if there are any problems.

4/7/2009 10:51:38 PM

My horses are getting older and especially need dental checkups

4/7/2009 10:47:25 PM

Use to get rabies vaccine and check teeth.

4/7/2009 10:37:35 PM

I go to my doctor for an yearly wellness exams shouldn't my friend (horse) do the same?

4/7/2009 10:33:56 PM

No, but I do get yearly vaccines

4/7/2009 10:33:20 PM

Complete exam when they are vaccinated

4/7/2009 10:23:27 PM

Vacs. and teeth floating or whatever else is needed.

4/7/2009 10:16:17 PM

like the say," an ounce of prevention" !

4/7/2009 10:01:29 PM

cost

4/7/2009 10:00:19 PM

every spring they get vaccinated, teeth floated and check up, July it is just vaccinations

4/7/2009 9:53:45 PM

Twice a year for shots - my vet examines my horses extensively.

4/7/2009 9:37:28 PM

Only when needed.

4/7/2009 9:35:20 PM

wellness program for year with discounted prices

4/7/2009 9:27:42 PM

each usually gets seen for other vaccines, foaling or coggins/health certs anyway

4/7/2009 9:25:20 PM

want a professional to eyeball them in case I miss something

4/7/2009 9:22:50 PM

Cheaper than teating an illness!

4/7/2009 9:22:24 PM

Vet comes to the training farm weekly. Horses are closely monitored daily. Yearly exams unneccesary.

4/7/2009 9:22:04 PM

Even if it's cheaper for me to vax them, I build a relationship with my vet if she does it.

4/7/2009 9:20:29 PM

We see our vet several times during the year

4/7/2009 9:20:27 PM

He's never off, but I am going to start

4/7/2009 9:19:40 PM

Just like us, we all need a physical. I like to get another's "eye" on my horses too.

4/7/2009 9:04:34 PM

For the health and well being of my horse

4/7/2009 9:03:28 PM

I want my horses up to date on shots and coggins and for the vet to do a general exam.

4/7/2009 8:58:14 PM

If you can't afford regular, thorough vet care for your horses, you have too many.

4/7/2009 8:56:04 PM

I call th vet when my horse needs one - I do my own shots

4/7/2009 8:48:05 PM

spring and fall vaccines

4/7/2009 8:45:47 PM

No Showing or breedding that year I do their shots breedding time line up and say Ahh gang!

4/7/2009 8:38:44 PM

Vet is always out for different issues and I would know if anything was amiss

4/7/2009 8:31:00 PM

Gives me the oppertunity to have a professional evaluate overall condition

4/7/2009 8:29:33 PM

Vet gets coggins. Don't vaccinate to keep her immune system at its peak like it was designed to be.

4/7/2009 8:26:28 PM

$

4/7/2009 8:08:34 PM

This way the vet may find an underlining issue before it can cause a more serious issue

4/7/2009 8:06:11 PM

We give our own shots and monitor them daily throughout the year

4/7/2009 7:55:31 PM

Know your horses and their habits.

4/7/2009 7:51:54 PM

I want my vet to know my horses. If he doesn't have a wellness base for them, how can he treat them

4/7/2009 7:42:54 PM

I am a Lic Tech and am pretty well trained to be able to recognise subtle problems with my animals

4/7/2009 7:33:23 PM

It's just the right thing to do

4/7/2009 7:33:12 PM

Don't schedule for wellness but horses are seen twice a year for dental checks

4/7/2009 7:30:52 PM

Vaccinations and teeth check aren't optional

4/7/2009 7:28:26 PM

why? If owners did that the vets wiuldn't have time to take care of the sick and injured horses!

4/7/2009 7:27:00 PM

My horses get their wellness exams when they receive their yearly shots in the Spring.

4/7/2009 7:22:23 PM

We actually go more often as my orse has osteo-arthritis issues

4/7/2009 7:18:06 PM

shots,teeth, check up

4/7/2009 7:13:21 PM

normally have a dental check

4/7/2009 7:08:59 PM

It's a chance to cover any questions I have.

4/7/2009 7:04:09 PM

Have 6 horses, 3 dogs & 2 cats-can

4/7/2009 7:03:11 PM

Prevention costs less than cure and eases my mind as well

4/7/2009 7:01:08 PM

Usually do Shots and Float teeth at same time.

4/7/2009 6:54:49 PM

As the saying goes: "An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure"...

4/7/2009 6:52:58 PM

Dogs, cats, horses & humans: We all get annual physicals.

4/7/2009 6:52:47 PM

My horses are seen throughout the year by their vet.

4/7/2009 6:43:07 PM

Not necessary since horses are seen regularly throughout year

4/7/2009 6:34:47 PM

I'm confident that I'm experienced and knowledgable enough to tell if my horse needs a vet

4/7/2009 6:30:37 PM

worming,vaccines,teeth,eyes, heart,general condition

4/7/2009 6:28:06 PM

Absolutely! Along with annual vaccines, coggins, horses are provided wellness checks!

4/7/2009 6:27:33 PM

to expensive

4/7/2009 6:13:22 PM

It is too expensive, but have been with my vet for many years and contact him any time with question

4/7/2009 6:05:22 PM

I have the vet do the exam when he comes out to do the coggins.

4/7/2009 6:05:11 PM

to let me know where their base line is and to see if my current preventative program is working.

4/7/2009 5:58:18 PM

I do not schedule wellness exams because i do many of the rountine preventive health care myself.

4/7/2009 5:58:11 PM

I give all shots and check are threw me

4/7/2009 5:51:37 PM

Our horses receive their shots, get a checkup, fecals as necessary and any other tests requested.

4/7/2009 5:51:11 PM

I do to keep my friends healthy

4/7/2009 5:47:35 PM

once in the fall for shots and teeth and once in the spring for shots

4/7/2009 5:41:45 PM

Teeth need to be checked regularly and shots given. Why not do it than

4/7/2009 5:39:30 PM

I do daily wellness exams and desire their expertise on an annual basis for things I might miss.

4/7/2009 5:38:13 PM

Get shots, float teeth, have base line for health.

4/7/2009 5:35:17 PM

I don't vaccinate yearly nor use chemical wormers so FEC's and blood panels tell me where we stand.

4/7/2009 5:34:32 PM

When vaccinations are given.

4/7/2009 5:33:16 PM

$

4/7/2009 5:30:33 PM

They are eyeballed at vaccination time, seen when required.

4/7/2009 5:29:29 PM

To make sure he is all right and that he gets all of his shots

4/7/2009 5:28:38 PM

to note acurate changes/pick up any problems in the making

4/7/2009 5:23:11 PM

Our horses are handled/worked daily and that we can tell if we need a vet.

4/7/2009 5:22:21 PM

Actually do 2X/year

4/7/2009 5:19:10 PM

My vet is here twice a year to give vaccinations and check my horses.

4/7/2009 5:16:27 PM

I schedule Coggins Test, Teeth float, vaccines, but not a general exam.

4/7/2009 5:13:01 PM

too expensive

4/7/2009 5:12:52 PM

I want a professional to see my horse in case I am missing anything.

4/7/2009 5:12:48 PM

Early detection of health problems, chance to discuss horse health questions with my vet

4/7/2009 5:10:55 PM

When my horses get their vaccinations, the vet gives them a checkover.If they need the vet later, th

4/7/2009 5:09:09 PM

Twice yearly!

4/7/2009 5:08:45 PM

To keep our horses healthy.

4/7/2009 5:08:01 PM

Many problems can be caught in early stages

4/7/2009 5:06:19 PM

The vet knows more than you and you can discuss any issues you have with the vet

4/7/2009 4:54:37 PM

I have my vet do a quick exam when I have my horses teeth flooted

4/7/2009 4:54:17 PM

I want the best for my horses They didn't pick me I picked them so it's my job to take care of them

4/7/2009 4:52:04 PM

Waste of money!

4/7/2009 4:51:05 PM

We go every year, last week of March.

4/7/2009 4:40:33 PM

Veterinary care is a very important step in preventing and finding future problems!!

4/7/2009 4:39:06 PM

Because I have a very healthy horse and I want her to stay that way.

4/7/2009 4:38:43 PM

too expensive

4/7/2009 4:35:41 PM

VERY experienced. Call vet when need.

4/7/2009 4:33:13 PM

I also get to keep up with vaccs and discuss any issues and local health concerns with my vet at tha

4/7/2009 4:31:34 PM

they are mandatory with my vet

4/7/2009 4:27:48 PM

Good management practices, feed and routine health & hoof care--no need for wellness exams

4/7/2009 4:27:42 PM

Also a time for vaccinations and teeth-floating.

4/7/2009 4:23:34 PM

I give my own shots, medicine I discuss with my vet before giving.

4/7/2009 4:21:39 PM

Well, I schedule semi-annual shots and get a once over from the vet then.

4/7/2009 4:21:18 PM

It's part of my responsibility to my animals

4/7/2009 4:21:17 PM

Mainly to update immunizations

4/7/2009 4:17:49 PM

Vet is more likely to come out for emergencies if she sees them regularly

4/7/2009 4:17:17 PM

For one thing, I hate giving vaccinations myself!!! Also, want to make sure horses are healthy

4/7/2009 4:15:31 PM

I am on a yearly health plan with my Vet. This is a much more cost effective care plan for me.

4/7/2009 4:14:50 PM

Healthly horses live longer!

4/7/2009 4:14:14 PM

If they are well, they don't need a doctor. I'll save my $$ for when they are really sick.

4/7/2009 4:12:50 PM

Spring and Fall

4/7/2009 4:11:54 PM

It's just good sense and it creates a deeper relationship between me, my vet and my horse

4/7/2009 4:07:43 PM

All my horses are on the Preventicare program with Pfizer and on the StrongisdC2X.

4/7/2009 4:05:19 PM

If everything is going well I schedule for teeth check only - not yearly.

4/7/2009 4:03:10 PM

Lack of large animal vets and I don't get a yearly check up myself.

4/7/2009 4:02:54 PM

The vet is always out more than once every year for one emergency or another!

4/7/2009 4:01:49 PM

If I see a problem. Horse are floated, wormed, shots all on a regular basis. No problems, no need.

4/7/2009 4:01:22 PM

Public land with trails behind our property. Concerened about rabies (MO)

4/7/2009 4:00:57 PM

That is the commitment that we take on when we have them!

4/7/2009 4:00:24 PM

along with spring shots

4/7/2009 3:59:28 PM

to keep him healthy and catch any problems early

4/7/2009 3:56:25 PM

Cost

4/7/2009 3:55:14 PM

But Vet sees horse for teeth and other purposes and evaluates him.

4/7/2009 3:54:27 PM

I do all the vaccines & checks myself

4/7/2009 3:51:14 PM

It is our responsibility to make sure they are healthy.

4/7/2009 3:50:35 PM

My horse is a senior and I like to be proactive when it comes to his health.

4/7/2009 3:49:41 PM

Preventative efforts always pay off in the long run!

4/7/2009 3:47:38 PM

Need Coggins and health papers to travel

4/7/2009 3:47:10 PM

Look over and Coggins test, I do vaccines

4/7/2009 3:44:09 PM

I do it for myself; ergo, I do it for my equids.

4/7/2009 3:43:45 PM

Because I show and breed them. I don't want them to get sick or to make anyone else's horses sick.

4/7/2009 3:43:08 PM

don't try to fix what ain't broke

4/7/2009 3:42:59 PM

Spring and Fall for shoots, teeth float/sheath cleaning

4/7/2009 3:42:14 PM

Everybody gets their shots and gets the once over by the doc

4/7/2009 3:38:12 PM

only when I need one, or need a health certificate for travel.

4/7/2009 3:32:46 PM

For vaccinations

4/7/2009 3:31:49 PM

My horse's health and well being are one of my top priorities!

4/7/2009 3:31:20 PM

he looks them over when they receive their spring shots

4/7/2009 3:30:54 PM

if you call having teeth floated, blood pulled and whatever else done a wellness check

4/7/2009 3:29:56 PM

Ask to have them done when we get annual shots

4/7/2009 3:29:24 PM

shots and i have a 31 year old tb

4/7/2009 3:26:13 PM

A yearly vet check can catch things that otherwise would be missed. Plus they need vaccinations.

4/7/2009 3:25:44 PM

seen on an as needed basis

4/7/2009 3:25:28 PM

To be sure all is well & protect with vax

4/7/2009 3:24:55 PM

we use a vet on a regular basis

4/7/2009 3:24:40 PM

saves $$ in the long run

4/7/2009 3:23:45 PM

Our horses are in their teens and I want to know proactively about issues

4/7/2009 3:23:29 PM

Only when needed

4/7/2009 3:20:13 PM

for shots

4/7/2009 3:19:41 PM

Vet is out once or twice year anyway.

4/7/2009 3:18:34 PM

I like my vet to be familiar with my horses in case of emergency.

4/7/2009 3:17:47 PM

they are really expensive, so i only go when my horse has a problem

4/7/2009 3:16:45 PM

It's the responsible thing to do.

4/7/2009 3:15:12 PM

Better safe then sorry

4/7/2009 3:14:12 PM

When I can afford to. This year I did my own vaccines, the vet only did the coggins.

4/7/2009 3:13:57 PM

We have it along with the coggins tests. We do our own shots.

4/7/2009 3:13:22 PM

He sees my horses when giving vaccinations.

4/7/2009 3:10:37 PM

included with vaccinations and coggins and teeth floating

4/7/2009 3:10:33 PM

Comes along with spring shots.

4/7/2009 3:06:19 PM

I love my horses. they work hardand deserve to be cared for!

4/7/2009 3:05:30 PM

spring shots

4/7/2009 3:01:55 PM

Always, I don't scimp on my horse's wellbeing.

4/7/2009 3:01:54 PM

Annual shots and coggins... usually not anything else.

4/7/2009 2:59:26 PM

preventative maintenance

4/7/2009 2:59:17 PM

Yes, and I save up all kinds of q's to get my $'s worth!

4/7/2009 2:57:47 PM

Not specifically, not unless you consider rabies, teeth, injuries, yearly exams

4/7/2009 2:57:45 PM

I'm a certified vet tech (not in horse biz) so I monitor my horses TPR myself.

4/7/2009 2:56:31 PM

Mine are on a 6x yr schedule for regular health maintenance / exams

4/7/2009 2:54:43 PM

The vet comes fairly regularly and keeps tabs on how they're doing

4/7/2009 2:51:24 PM

Because I love my horses

4/7/2009 2:50:11 PM

Twice a year, in conjuction with vaccinations

4/7/2009 2:48:58 PM

I address problems as they come.

4/7/2009 2:47:53 PM

We actually schedule exams with our Vet every 6 months.

4/7/2009 2:47:18 PM

For a yearly baseline.

4/7/2009 2:47:08 PM

I have a closed herd

4/7/2009 2:44:38 PM

at the time of shots

4/7/2009 2:44:03 PM

Just vaccines and teeth checks

4/7/2009 2:43:08 PM

Just keep shots up to date

4/7/2009 2:37:36 PM

have the vet out two times per year also.

4/7/2009 2:37:22 PM

only teeth and emergency uses. I do all worming and shots

4/7/2009 2:36:04 PM

My vet comes out twice for wellness exams. Young & old see him twice, everyone else is split up.

4/7/2009 2:34:07 PM

I want my vet to know what my horses look like well, so he will recognize better when they are not.

4/7/2009 2:15:09 PM

My horse is enrolled in our vet's wellness program to ensure he is on track at all times.

4/7/2009 1:57:06 PM

I do all my exams myself.

4/7/2009 1:52:33 PM

Not as such, but I get bloodwork done yearly and mention any concerns I have at vaccination time

4/7/2009 1:28:19 PM

when he gets shots

4/7/2009 12:37:21 PM

I do most of it my self

4/7/2009 12:20:39 PM

Too many horses, and the cost is too high

4/7/2009 11:28:30 AM

no reason to do it, my vet drives by almost every day, he knows I'll call if I have a concern.

4/7/2009 10:58:19 AM

yes and no. it's not a seperate apt. but done with seasonal shots.

4/7/2009 10:18:26 AM

waste of money for a knowledgeable horseperson

4/7/2009 10:02:21 AM

make sure my horse is free of disease before sending them out to shows, trails etc.

4/7/2009 10:02:18 AM

$$$$$$$$$

4/7/2009 9:30:06 AM