Safe Horse Handling for Vet Visits
A. This is a great question. It would take a book, or at least a chapter, to adequately cover all the different procedures, but let me offer some general tips and examples. And we’ll assume this is for routine care rather than emergencies.
The strategy I (and most other equine professionals) recommend is to acclimate your horse to veterinary and farrier visits before they actually happen, using positive reinforcement to reward tolerance of simulated farrier or veterinarian procedures. Just as with trailer loading and transportation, every horse deserves to be acclimated as early in life as is practical, so that standing for procedures becomes a simple, positive experience. And although we often assume it’s easier for horses to learn these tasks when they are young, it’s really never too late to start teaching a horse how to be comfortable with any of the routine health care and veterinary
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