I think a good relationship with your vet is crucial! I dont mess around esp as we are so far away from the vet. I make the call and let them know when I am likely to arrive and they are waiting. My horses never seem to like visiting during work times only late at night and Sundays seem to be a personal favorite for them. My poor vet had me sniffy and sobbing and sooking after putting down the kids pony recently. They gave me a big hug, made sure I was alright to drive home, offered me a coffee. I think vet's have more job titles, including counsellor and grief specialist. I do have one thing to say and that is that the vet is NOT there to educate your horse! Do your handling at home!! So many dogs of horses that are pigs to handle/treat and the vets get hurt!