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    11-28-2011, 08:34 PM
Same with using sedatives. Know what the possible reactions are. Know how to use them, how to deal with the reactions and how to handle a sedated horse. It is more common than people think to have serious complications while using sedatives. You're a lucky one if you've never had or seen a sedative reaction.
My horse is seated once or twice a year max. It's just too risky and if a tool like a twitch can help me to manage his flighty behavior then that is what I'll use before resorting to drugs.

I'm not trying to make your response sound like a load of crap. You make it out to around like there are no risks associated with injecting a foreign substance meant to depress the nervous system of the horse when infact there are many. When compared to a bonk on the head the side effects are still far more severe. I suggest doing research before posting and saying that sedative use is not a big deal. Sedatives are usually not recommended for clipping anyways as the horse becomes increasingly sound sensitive under sedation. With an already sound sensitive, flighty horse you are just asking for a wreck sedating them.
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    11-28-2011, 08:59 PM
"a twitch can help me to manage his flighty behavior"
"I suggest doing research before posting and saying that sedative use is not a big deal"
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Right Il say it again, a twitch/touch can be great and do an excellent job and fair enough I shouldnt have said that there are no risks with seditives but I will say again! I am talking from personal experience that Iv never had a problem...and it was actually my vet that recommened me to use a seditive for my horse(and please don't start giving out about my vet next), I think we could both agree that there are risks when it comes to anything to do with horses are you going to tell every1 to do research before they leave a comment if its not what you would do?? Wise up
    11-28-2011, 11:23 PM
Because I do research before doing things to ensure the safety and welfare of my horse is number one, yes I expect other horse owners to do the same, as the OP is doing. So of course when I see other posters making unfounded claims in the safety of drugs, I'm going to call them out and tell them to do research before posting. The same way I would open dialogue with any vet telling me to sedate my horse to clip him, especially were that vet to leave and not supervise the whole sedated clip job. (not harping on your vet specifically as I know most vets in my area would do the same and have no issues leaving sedatives with BOs, which scares me) I am the owner from hell in that regard, but luckily I have found a vet as conservative, proactive and health and safety conscious as I am.
It's not my personal opinion I'm posting from, its the opinion of researchers and vets whom have published papers on that I've read and drawn conclusions from that I'm posting from. In my personal experience, driving 80 mph down an icy freeway hasn't killed me yet, but does than mean its not dangerous or have a high potential to kill me?

And that's my $0.02 about you saying to me "wise up".
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    11-29-2011, 04:40 AM
Well I can see you're both passionate ;D

I have done some research, just skimmed the top of the iceburg.
I have to be honest, unless its your every year/twice a year injections no needles will be entering my horse.
Unless its a true emergency or an operation is required, no sedative will be touching my horse. Ever.

Horror stories... are ...horrific.

Each to their own, and if you've had no problems, that's fab, but I think twitching is the safest way forward- I didn't realise how bad sedating CAN be, one owner said oh I'll get my horse sedated for his teeth, he generally only needs to be twitched but then I can finish clipping.. my dad's horse had an op years ago on her leg, and had to go back for molecule injections, to get her on the trailer they sedated her... how blinking dangerous!!

Thank you anebel, I generally look in to things where my animals are concerened but I hadn't thought twice about sedation :S
    11-29-2011, 09:01 PM
Anabel - I feel like this is turning into some sillu argument so il just say... that you seem to know your stuff, and that's fantastic! I competley see were your coming from about doing research before posting stuff about "drugs" .. I was just saying that iv never had any problems when I used seditives whilst clipping, I only used it because even with the touch my mare still kicked out with front and back and the vet was there the whole time when she was under.. and I wasnt trying to put anyone of using a touch, I just was saying that if your using 1 for the first time, make sure you have it on right and are not standing infront just incase that horse would strike out... sorry for saying wise up, were am from its meaning is more of a "jokey" way.. I don't really understand the $2 saying..?


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    11-30-2011, 03:39 AM
Derry girl I have NO idea what that is haha!

And $2 is like just to get my two cents in- get my opinion in, basically!
    11-30-2011, 03:34 PM
Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
Derry girl I have NO idea what that is haha!

And $2 is like just to get my two cents in- get my opinion in, basically!
good luck with your horse

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