The other day I read a great post about the quality of farrier work that is done on, My Life with Horses: Not all Farriers are Created Equal. In there was a discussion that really settled down to you get what you pay for when it comes to a farrier, and the quality of their work reflects that in many cases.
While my farrier I would call as one of these exceptions; I got to thinking about our vet Dr Cathy of Healthy Pawsibilities. When it comes to Eliie and CiCi I want someone who will look for the best overall solution for them and not just pushing vaccines and meds at them. A great example of this happened a year ago when Dr. Cathy came to see our girls for the first time. She was running late due to a dog emergency, but was very friendly and apologetic for it, but we had been notified when the incident happened that she would be late and kept up to date on her ETA. I had not issue with her arrival, and she promptly got to work on the girls for physicals, annual vaccines. The reason that I tell this story because a month or two before this is when Ellie checked me into a wall and put me in a wrist brace because she was upset. I was unsure how she would act and in spite of Ellie throwing a first rate temper tantrum Dr. Cathy kept her cool and got her taken care of. Then after some discussion about how she had acted that night she came back out later in the week to do an acupuncture scan for ulcers and Ellie lit up. I had a horse that I was considering selling because she was becoming too much to handle and Dr. Cathy was able to find the problem, and then help me find a less expensive and more holistic treatment in the product Gastrix. The great horse that I have now would have never happened without her diagnosis and now I have a horse that I love to be with.
Unfortunately Dr. Cathy is no longer a vet and now I have to start over to find a vet that can deal with my hot head mare and that I can build that trust with. Miss you Dr Cathy.