When you own a horse of your own or run a horse business, you will be in contact with veterinarians throughout the course of the time you are involved in the horse world. If you have horses, there will come a time when you need to call the vet. It just comes with the territory.
I ran into a situation years ago when one of my horses was hurt. I called the vet out to my place to take a look at the injury. The injury presented itself to the doctor as if it were one issue and then he had a second veterinarian look at the problem and the second doctor had a different viewpoint. They both had come from different backgrounds in the school of medicine and one had more experience than the other due to their age difference.
They were both great veterinarians but I really agreed with the second doctor on the injury and it became a little tense between the first doctor and myself. Where the problem came in was that one doctor wanted me to start a very aggressive treatment right away and the other doctor felt less was better to start. Because of my personality I decided to wait a few days and see if it healed with less evasive treatment. In the process of this entire ordeal I believe the one doctor’s feelings might have been a little hurt. It was definitely one of those awkward situations. After a few weeks had gone by and my horse was doing great I wanted to make sure that everything was good between me and the doctor that I disagreed with. He happened to be at my barn one day and we had time to talk. It was a great talk and it was a learning experience for all involved.
I learned so much from that experience about treating each other with respect even when you don’t agree. It can be hard at times but it can be done. When you run into a situation where you are not going to agree with what is being said and you feel yourself getting heated, stop and take a moment to pray and ask God for guidance and self-control. Include him in every area of your life not just the easy parts.
Psalm 16:7-8 NIV
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at tonight my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
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