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    07-21-2010, 09:09 AM
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Foal
Is there a sedative you can put in horses feed

Need a seditive but not needles or herbs? Does anyone know?
     
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    07-21-2010, 09:19 AM
  #2
Trained
Why do you need a sedative? You can get sedatives in worming tubes, and yes you can get some forms that can be put in a feed, but they're not very strong, just take the edge off a little. Depends why you 'need' it though, if it's because your horse is a bit flighty or whatever, well, you'd be deemed a pretty irresponsible horse owner, you also can't sedate for competitions/pony club etc.
     
    07-21-2010, 09:42 AM
  #3
Super Moderator
You can give Ace through a syringe (under the tongue) without a needle. You can also give it in a pill form. It is a prescription drug though and should not be used when riding the horse. It's uses are more for trailering or for horses with HYPP that are being introduced into a new environment.

What are you wanting the sedative for? There are calming supplements that are legal to show with if that's what you are needing. Although, you'll get quite a few reviews on them, most people don't see any changes in the horses behavior with the use of them.
     
    07-21-2010, 09:48 AM
  #4
Trained
Watch out farmpony, they bite ;)
     
    07-21-2010, 11:14 AM
  #5
Showing
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
You can give Ace through a syringe (under the tongue) without a needle. You can also give it in a pill form.
Does it help at all? I remember giving actually an Ace shot before the 1st trim and it had zero effect (and of course trim was not done :) ).
     
    07-21-2010, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Watch out farmpony, they bite ;)
C'mon, Kayty! How you give the dewormer then? I don't think it's any tastier than Ace!
     
    07-21-2010, 11:18 AM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
C'mon, Kayty! How you give the dewormer then? I don't think it's any tastier than Ace!
Lol Kitten_Val, that wasn't about worming - above comments have been removed by the looks, I got shot down in flames for asking what the reason for sedation was and please not to sedate if it is for under saddle purposes ;) 'They' referring to the OP
     
    07-21-2010, 11:21 AM
  #8
Showing
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Lol Kitten_Val, that wasn't about worming - above comments have been removed by the looks, I got shot down in flames for asking what the reason for sedation was and please not to sedate if it is for under saddle purposes ;) 'They' referring to the OP
Oh, I see. Ha-ha! I do remember a discussion in Training Section about giving a dewormer and biting/bolting/kicking/etc. "side effects" associating with the whole procedure.
     
    07-21-2010, 11:48 AM
  #9
Super Moderator
I missed the removed comments! LOL....

I think asking "why" is a good question, especially when giving this type of advice.

As for the ACE. I think it depends on the horse. I first used it for Beauty when we were doing daily bandage changes on her leg after she severed the tendons. I used to be sick to my stomache just thinking about the bandage changes. It took three of us (it was a back foot). It was just such a painful process and that girl has some serious aimage! I saw a difference in her, enough to safely change bandages.

I used it again for Riley when he got stuck in the trees but I didn't really think it effected him at all so I think it depends on the horse and the situation.
     
    07-21-2010, 11:56 AM
  #10
Yearling
The deal with Ace is that if a horse gets really upset he can override the calming effects of the drug. This is especially true if the horse is already worked up before you give the Ace or if you don't give enough time after dosing for it to take affect. And when they override it they are generally wilder then they would have been because they are drugged.

But it is valuable in lots of situations and if used correctly. It's just that it won't work on every horse in every situation.
     

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