Drugs for sedating horses
“It is not safe for the horse otherwise.” He does not use stocks or any special restraints.
The horse wears a halter and speculum, but is allowed to hold its head in a more natural, down position.
The use of the speculum is necessary to be able to see/feel to the very back of the horse’s mouth, but should be released often to give the horse’s jaws a rest.
“Without sedation,” this dentist claims, “most horses are claustrophobic and anxious about this device.” For sedating, he prefers Dormosedan, which is administered in small dosages and acts very quickly to bring the horse to a state of tranquilization without total anesthesia.
Inherent to the floating procedure is the decision of whether to opt for sedation. Suzan Seelye, DVM of Yelm, WA has been in practice for 28 years and her business is almost entirely equines.
Both sides of the sedation issue have pertinent, valid points. She specializes in holistic medicine and carefully considers the possibility of any negative effects before administering drugs to her patients. Seelye has observed, “Horses allowed to live more naturally on pasture with a variety of plants and grasses to graze on, typically maintain a better mouth than horses kept stalled or fed predominately hay -- ground feeding being an important aspect of allowing the horse to eat, chew, swallow and digest correctly.
Seelye explains, “Flaccid muscles produced by sedation can allow the skeleton to move unnaturally and the horse can be compromised physically.