Originally Posted by rookie
The shot may or may not be traumatic. The stocks, twitch, shanks, metal halters, shouting, swearing, rearing, kicking and slapping/punching I see on a nearly daily basis for horses getting injections indicate its an unpleasant experience.
Some horses are no doubt difficult to handle, but swearing, hitting, or otherwise abusing an animal just makes things more difficult. It creates a danger for the animal and for the handlers. If a veterinarian handles an animal this way, they need training in livestock handling. The animal has to be restrained; he doesn't have to be mistreated. The horse may think that he is being mistreated when he is restrained, but swearing or hitting him is just behavior by someone that is unprofessional and can't control themselves, much less a horse.