Ryle - our mare was brand new to us when the vet came last year so no, she had no respect or confidence in us at that point. She didn't mind the vet running his hands over her and checking her out but when he left and came back in her stall with the needles she lost it. The vet made me leave the stall because he was afraid I'd get hurt. She was truly ready to attack - serious panic. I really felt for her. We talked a little about sedation but figured that if she was that paniced over a needle there was no sense in giving her more pokes than she needed (she only needed 2). The vet said that he didn't think that oral sedation would be very effective considering how freaked out she was. He ended up getting a little rough with her - and I'm not sure that helped the situation. He basically had her against the wall and grabbed a HANDFUL of her neck and twisted the skin. It must have hurt because she did stand still long enough for him to give her 2 quick pokes. I'm hopeful that our next vet will try to think of a more long term solution.
In the mean time would you recommend working with her with empty (no needle) syringes? She will stand still forever while you are fussing with her and rubbing her, she loves it. She has no issues with me giving her gentle squeezed on her neck either.
Foxy - I wouldn't be surprised if Lily had some type of horrible experience like that. I just wish I really knew!