Thanks for the correction and explanation Slide!
No problem. It's really important that people understand that even if they get a free horse, a horse for a dollar, an adopted horse or whatever that they also have options for insuring their horse and getting major medical coverage.
so the horse who shattered their should or the one that got laminitis - - the mortality insurance would have paid or the major medical would have paid their treatment bills - - or both? would it actually have changed the treatment you decided on for the horse? does the insurance dictate that you must have a certain amount of surgery/agressive treatment performed before you can euthanize?
I am thinking that I honestly do not know if either of the horse mentioned ( or one needing major colic surgery) would be something that I personally would put a horse through. definitely a personal decision but I tend to go for the "make sure the horse suffers the least" plan with any serious injury or illness ..... and whether the horse will be albe after that treatment to live a comfortable and productive life. that said, I am also cosidering the two young show horses that are trekking about this year - - both that actually are very valuable horses and both of whom at these young ages could easily hurt themselves and need treatments. perhaps a good time to consider insuring them at least for mortality.........
It depends on the situation. Companies rely heavily on the veterinarian's opinion, so your relationship with your vet is important. Unless it's an extremely dire situation, you would want to contact your insurance company through your agent or claims adjuster before you make a major decision. You always have the first say and can do whatever you want, but the question is ... will they pay your claim? I can't imagine them arguing when the horse is suffering and the veterinarian insists. I could imagine them arguing if it was a grey area and you didn't contact them first.
Here's where having an admitted carrier is important, because you have recourse with your state's insurance commissioner to resolve disputes. You don't have that power with non-admited carriers.
So... I'm just here to give you guys a little bit of an overview and help clarify a few things. If you guys have specific quesions, you should find an insurance agent to talk to. In my opinion, find one that has a broad range of knowledge and access to multiple companies.