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post #1 of 42 Old 05-29-2011, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Sedatives for trailering -Long-

Well, it looks like I have hit my official real issue with Sunny.

My family and I moved cities last weekend, and it was our plan to go pick up Sun and bring her to the new stable yesterday. Well I got to the barn in my old town, SO excited to be bringing my girl home after a week of not seeing her. Well, that excitement quickly turned into anger, exhaustion, and helplessness when Sunny would not load. We worked for three hours, trying every single method to no avail. We tried the butt-rope, feeding her in the trailer, putting a horse buddy on first, chuting her in, any way we knew how. Nothing worked.

This is the first time I've ever had an issue loading her. Although she's only been trailered a couple times, she's always done fine. A bit nervous, but fine. Yesterday it was like we were dealing with a completely different horse. We believe it was because the last time she was trailered(three weeks ago) she went to the vet to get her vaccs, and she is TERRIFIED of needles.
My aunt(current keeper of Sun) told me that she and my uncle tried again today, and this resulted in Sunny rearing and flipping over on her back more than once.

Now I am so scared that she is going to hurt herself or someone else.

Our last chance to bring her to the new stable is this weekend. I don't have the opportunity to work with her on it until then because I live three hours away from her.
She HAS to be trailered, and I am thinking that a calmer/sedative may be our best option.
Has anyone had any experience with any calmers/sedatives?
I'm calling my vet Tuesday to get his opinion and probably a prescription, but I would just like to hear everyone's personal experiences.
I'm aware of the potential "wooziness" and loss of balance, but she HAS to be moved.

I have had an awful, awful past few days, and this has just about sent me over the edge.
I know this needs to be fixed and is a matter of training, but I can't begin working on it until we get her moved.

I really appreciate any information and advice anyone can give me.
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post #2 of 42 Old 05-30-2011, 02:13 AM
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As you are on a time limit and so far away, I would Ace her, and put a chain under her chin. Then load her but wait til it starts to wear off before moving, start moving while it is wearing off but she is not out of it.

Shame that there is no better option with training, but it sounds like there is not, so you need to do what you need to do.
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post #3 of 42 Old 05-30-2011, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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So you think ACE is the best for her?
I've also heard about B-Kalm and Dormosedan(sp).
I wish it wasn't Memorial day so I could talk to the vet.
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Please, please be careful with Ace. For some horses it has EXACTLY opposite effect: they get even more hot (and that's what not only horse owners but couple vets as well told me). It did happen with my paint: aced her before farrier and she went nuts. Also I didn't find ANY calmer (B-calm, Calmex, eta-eta-eta) to work on my horse.

All I can suggest (that worked for me) is working her HARD. I mean HARD right next to the trailer not letting any rest unless she looks into the trailer or steps in. Yes, it may take even couple hours but it does work.

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Never ever lose your patience if a horse won't load or it will never load. I hope she is wearing a head bumper if you opt to use a chain. If I have to I will use a lunge whip and lightly tap the horse's back just in front of the hip in rhythmic taps and keep it in the same small area. It becomes annoying to the horse and often inspires it to move forward. The tapping must stope immediately there is any forward motion, even an inch. Wait 20 sec. then start again, same rhythm, same spot.
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KV and Saddlebag, we used both of those methods as well.
We literally tried just about everything.

I am so stressed out about this.
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Has anyone heard of any bad side effects from B-Kalm?
I've heard of them with ACE and some others, but with B-Kalm I've just seen that it either worked or it didn't.

I'm scared to give her something that will potentially make her worse.

Still anxiously waiting for the vet to be back open...
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Talked to the vet today. He has a tube of Dormosedan(sp) gel waiting for us, and gave us some advice.

Cross your fingers for us.
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Sunny - we are faced with the exact same situation this past weekend and I still need to call the vet about a sedative but wanted to see what advice your vet gave you - to compare with what mine is gonna tell me. And I'd love to hear how it goes for ya!


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post #10 of 42 Old 06-01-2011, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Hey, Chele!

Our vet prescribed us Dormosedan. He said that it would put her in an almost stoned state, but we would still probably have to work to get her on the trailer. He said it would make her calmer and less willing to put up a fight, which is what my main focus is. I just don't want her to flip out again and get someone or herself hurt.

He also recommended to put her food in the trailer daily. First at the very tip, but each time further and further back. I would love to do this, but a three hours trip stands in my way. :/

I'm anxious to see how it goes. I'll be sure to update!
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