My horse does not like needles at all! She isn't terrible but does toss her head and try to walk off. The last time I vaccinated her she jerked the syringe out of my hand (she swung her head so violently) and I had to give her the injection a second time with a new needle.
I had the vet out a month ago for coggins and she dragged me around the yard trying to "get away". As soon as she sees the syringe/needle she gets upset. Smart girl is too smart for her own good. I used to cover her eye before getting the needle out, but she has figured that out too.
She is supposed to be getting weekly Pentosan injections for the next month. What is the best needle size for IM injections? Should I go with a 1" needle or 1 1/2"? A 22 gauge or 20?
I'm assuming smaller would be less painful? She is a very sensitive horse.