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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