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  • Giving ace to male horse penile paralysis

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    02-15-2008, 03:26 PM

I know of a couple who bought a stud about 5 months ago. I don't know them personally they're friends of another friend who trail ride with us. We usually ride in a group of 15 or so every sunday if the weather permits. I don't talk to them much, they seem like pretty decent people though. Here's the issue...

They ace (enough to calm him) the stud whenever they ride him. In my opinion the horse is way to much for them to handle but the reason they give for aceing him is "i don't want him to hurt himself if he gets to acting up"...I don't believe this, I think they're just afraid of him. They only ride him when they trail ride too....which is basically every sunday. With a horse with his spirit he needs to be ridden wonder he acts like he does.

They ace him it seems every time they ride and I don't agree, or like it at all. I've told them that there is probably a better chance of him hurting himself while he was aced than if he wasn't..and that if they worked him properly they wouldn't have to worry so much about him 'acting up'. A bunch of us have decided that we're not happy with what they are doing and don't feel like they should be riding with us.

Anyway...isn't there a health risk with this? By giving him ace almost every sunday? Some of the vets here will sell you ace...which isn't that illegal too? How would you go about trying to handle this situation? Or am I just being childish?
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    02-15-2008, 08:17 PM
It decreases blood pressure (a bad idea in a horse that may be getting dehydrated due to exertion) and also causes a decrease in red blood cell count by as much as 50%. And there is also the risk of penile paralysis with acepromazine in male horses. Acepromazine has also caused death in rare instances

And as you said there is more risk of him hurting himself when sedated then there is of him hurting himself when he actually knows what he's doing.

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