Sedating horse

“For me, during motorised work, the horse must be sedated.If it isn’t, it takes one instant, one wrong move, and it’s possible to catch the tongue or the palate and do a tremendous amount of damage in a short space of time.” Using powered rasping tools With the modern advances, the use of power tools has become more acceptable.“Using potent powered instruments to attempt precise treatments in unsedated, moving horses can be like threading a needle in a rowing boat on a rough sea,” points out Henry Tremaine.“Treatments can be performed with less distress to the horse using powered tools,” continues Henry.

And, under the current legislation (the Medicines Act — Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2005) this has to be done by a vet.

In these circumstances, unless your dental technician is also a qualified vet, a second appointment with the vet and the EDT is needed.

The scope of work performed by non-vets is also limited by the Veterinary Surgeons Act 2006, so any invasive or surgical procedures must also be done by a vet. “Many owners express concern at the use of sedation for dental treatment,” says Henry Tremaine MRCVS, senior lecturer in equine surgery at the University of Bristol, “but the benefits greatly outweigh the negatives.

Drugs administered by infiltration, and/or the epidural, perineural or intra-articular routes to provide local analgesia will be discussed in a second article, to be published in a subsequent issue of If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s Rights Link service.

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