Originally Posted by Derry girl
..seditives are competetly safe if you get the right amount from your vet for the type and size of horse you have, don't buy them straight of the shelf or of the internet... iv always used them for my horses and have never had a problem.. Im not telling you not to use a touch/twitch.. Iv used them before, some horses don't mind them and they can work really well! But just b careful, last yard I was in, a horse was getting clipped and had a touch on, stood great for 10minutes and then reared and ripped the touch out of the owners hand and the touch swung round and smacked him on the head!.. so if you opt for a touch make sure its on good and tight and wont slip of and your not standing straight on front of them.
Vet administered sedatives are NOT safe. I have experienced first hand their side effects (when vet administered) to the point the horse can actually lose control of their own limbs and is becomes very dangerous for both the horse and handlers.
I wish I could find the video but there is a very disturbing one of a horse under the effects of Chlorpromazine - and for 48 hours after with very little hindlimb/neck/head control. Under a standard, vet administered dosage.
Horses may also experience low heart rate and blood pressure, etc, etc, etc.. Sedatives are NOT safe, or a cure all.
I have used a twitch, safely and properly many times. That's awesome your friend had one bad experience, probably caused by poor handling more than anything. Used correctly and appropriately they are a tool and an experienced handler should have no issues with one. Drugs are not the answer!!