Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
I think trying it without sedation is a good idea.
I have never met your mare, but I have dealt with many nasty injuries. They are definitely hard to clean and the horse can get very upset. However, if my horse hurt herself (which she did often) I wouldn't bother with sedation unless I knew she was in extreme pain. I considered it a training opportunity. There were times I had a kicking, limping, pissed off mare on my hands, but over time, she realized I just wouldn't give up. Sometimes it took an hour just to get the bandage off and a new one on, but I tell you what that horse stood like an angel after enough of that consistency. Even with her serious injury that took her life, she knew to stand still and that we would help her to the end. It took a while to get her to understand that she didn't have a choice in the matter, but once we did she stood like a champ. That's why I only use sedation when there is a bunch of pain. It can really just cover the problem. Plus I wouldn't use sedation for long as I have been told that it can be more harmful because the horse can't feel the pain therefore they are hard on themselves and can cause more tissue injury. Just a thought.
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