EQUUS - - Eq Handson -

When the vet­eri­nar­ian vis­its a fel­low boarder’s horse, it’s tempt­ing to hang around and lis­ten. No one is go­ing to fault you for want­ing to help out or learn more. Make sure, how­ever, that your pres­ence is wanted, or at least not dis­tract­ing.

The per­son who called out the vet­eri­nar­ian is pay­ing for his or her time, so ev­ery ques­tion you ask or con­ver­sa­tion you be­gin may end up cost­ing your fel­low boarder money. Not to men­tion the na­ture of the visit might not be some­thing the boarder wants to be pub­lic knowl­edge---not ev­ery­one is in­ter­ested in shar­ing all the de­tails of their horse’s health and care.

If you’d like to linger around a vet­eri­nary call for some­one else’s horse,

the best pol­icy is to ask both the owner and vet­eri­nar­ian if you may. Then be pre­pared to leave if ei­ther says no. If they say yes, make any ques­tions quick and on-topic and keep your opin­ions on the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment plan to your­self.

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