Sedating a horse?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Sedating a horse?

This is a discussion on Sedating a horse? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Sedating a horse to ride
  • Horse sedation

Like Tree2Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    06-23-2012, 07:46 PM
  #1
Weanling
Sedating a horse?

I take lessons at a place that used to breed TBs, their last foal is now 2. For my last few lessons we've gone on trail rides. Two of the TBs are ex racehorses and have only been off the track for at least a year, but not two. These horses are now Western saddle horses and are being ridden by kids every week for summer camps.

The issue is, the two OTTBs are fine in the area, but when they are out on the trail they get a bit hot (excuse if I don't use that term in the correct contest). The OTTB that my friend was on was given a sedative (I don't know how much or what sedative) about 20 minutes before we brought him in to groom and tack up.

The owner does natural horsemanship and loves his horses very much, and they clearly love him too. Is it right to be using a sedative on a hot OTTB? They used less on him this time than they did last time he went out on a trail. He didn't seem to have a sluggish response either ride; he seemed fine. I wouldn't have known he was drugged up if I wasn't told.

So, back to the question, is this wrong and unprofessional. The owner has been working with horses for +35 years, and I trust and value his opinion. Was it wrong to sedate the horse? And what is your opinion on sedating horses?
Thanks!
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    06-23-2012, 07:54 PM
  #2
Showing
There are a number of products that help take the edge off the horse. A sedated horse is pretty quiet and dopey and riding it would put both horse and rider at risk.
     
    06-23-2012, 07:56 PM
  #3
Green Broke
To me it would be wrong and unprofessional.
     
    06-23-2012, 07:56 PM
  #4
Trained
No it's not a good practice and it's certainly not natural in any way, shape or form. I suggest you not take lessons from such a goofy place that drugs up horses so beginners can ride them on trails. This sounds like an accident waiting to happen, stay out of it's way.
     
    06-23-2012, 07:59 PM
  #5
Super Moderator
I think it is very wrong. If the horse is too hot to go out in trails, it should be ridden in an arena and trained professionally, until it is comfortable with the great outdoors. Seriously, it is just like sedating a kid because he doesn't get maths. I doesn't solve anything and it doesn't prove love - but it does prove fear and being unable to face this problem in a manner that is truly beneficial for the horse.

Besides, riding a sedated horse can be very dangerous. I'd stay far away from this place.
     
    06-23-2012, 08:02 PM
  #6
Weanling
I don't know if they necessarily sedated him, but they may have given him something to take the edge off.
     
    06-23-2012, 08:03 PM
  #7
Weanling
And as a note-we're not beginners :)
     
    06-23-2012, 08:05 PM
  #8
Super Moderator
Nonetheless, edges are for being taken care of in a professional manner, not just for being "taken off". The horses deserve better.
     
    06-23-2012, 08:06 PM
  #9
Weanling
If they're giving him something like Calm and Cool or another calming supplement, there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. That is not at all the same thing as sedating the horse, though.
     
    06-23-2012, 08:08 PM
  #10
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Saranda    
Nonetheless, edges are for being taken care of in a professional manner, not just for being "taken off". The horses deserve better.
Oh for heaven's sake, a calming supplement for a horse who can get too hot for its own good isn't doing the horse some sort of grave disservice.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sedating for trimming? Golden Horse Horse Health 19 05-21-2011 12:38 PM
Sedating? Charlie Horse Horse Health 7 07-15-2007 03:20 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:58 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0