in for a penny.. in for a pound.
I love horses. ours are pleasure animals, though we do have a cart and a cart trained horse. have a semi cantankerous mule that has mellowed with age.. some cows.. pigs.. chickens and still got a few turkey. I predict 1 more year and we will finally deplete our turkey herd and have decided not to replace them, much as we did with our ducks a couple years ago as well.
I'd guess my horses get better medical care than I do. I can't stand to see a suffering or starving animal. I've had to put a house down due to a non recoverable double front knee injury... it's gut wrenching to make that call to the vet.. but I won't see an animal suffer with no hope of recovery.
I've had this old horse for a long time. in his years he had a traumatic front hoof injury ( blew out side of hoof ).. took a while.. but we got him back 100% used epoxy to build a new hoof after the vet debrided the tissue, and then we got a specal clamp on rubber show repalcement and put about 1' of soft bedding in his stall and fed him a feed regimine that made his hooves grow quite fast. it all worked out fine.. that was 10ys ago. During that time I had to unwrap and re-wrap his hoof daily, and soak it in a soloution of epsoms salt, iodine and mild bleach water in a bucket, then apply furizone to it and re-wrap . the rubber shoe went on when he was turned out.
vet came out each week to even up the hoof and trim out the epoxy and rebuild it up as needed.
one year he cut the tip of his tounge :)
had to irrigate his mouth with saline daily for 10 days ... that turned out fine.
I got too much time invested in my animals to not take care of them.
that's one reason i got so mad when last year someone in my community called animal control on me 4 times claiming I was abusing my animals. officers came out each time. looked at the animals.. barn, stalling, feed and med supplies and cloncluded no issues.
last time it got called in, the officer just drove by my place without me even being there and concluded all was fine.. we traded cell #'s and she'd call me when the anonymous person would report me... we figured it was someone in the area that didn't like animals as another local farm was getting calls as well. My chickens will stand side by side with my barn cat and they will eat out of the same bowl. first time the control officer came out she took a pic of that. the claims were absurd. the person would claim no feed or water.. yet there are 100G stock tanks in plain site of the road, and rolls of hay out in feeders that can be seen from the road.
that kind of stuff made me piping mad.....