Prepare for Battle: Medicating Horses

Yes, it’s a very tired joke. “Question: Where does a 1,000-pound gorilla sit? Answer: Wherever he wants.” But that’s the way it can be when trying to medicate an uncooperative horse. When the horse knows what’s coming, he pulls back, clamps his mouth shut, raises his head, and dances around the stall. He sniffs suspiciously at food that hides an offending pill or delicately picks around it. Should you actually succeed in getting medication into his mouth, you can trust that it will be spat out on the ground within moments. And don’t even think about applying a topical medication anywhere close to a wound unless you’re wea

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