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  1. #1
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    Default Best long-term tranq?

    My retired horse has recently been acting up at his new home. Normally he's placid as can be, but it's a new facility (as in, construction is still ongoing) and he's been there about 6 weeks.

    He's a big guy (17.2hh + 1500 lbs) and my mom (caregiver) is a tiny person with old injuries. The horses are all feeling very insecure, screaming to each other when one gets taken away.

    He is starting to bolt while being lead/is anxious. There is no real daily routine (ie, some bad weather days they come in during the winter, some they don't).

    I'd like to try a tranq routine first, see if we can settle him down for a bit so he can adjust to the new place. If not, he'll have to be moved to another farm to avoid injury to my mom/himself.

    What can I give him? We've tried herbal stuff with no help. Vet is coming out to check his remaining eye and make sure there's nothing going on with his vision.
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  2. #2
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    Be carefull with the Tranq.- Ace esp. it slows down gut motility and can lead to impactions. Years ago I had good luck with vallium either pill or injectable for an old guy. It was nice because it stimulated his appetite, kept him eating and drinking, gives them a feeling of well being. Hard to get now-people abuse it.
    Then fluphenizine (prolixin) was in vogue, it was very expensive.
    I find switching to hay based diet/cutting way back on grain helps as much as drugs. May be a slow feed hay net, so he can munch while all the chaos goes on?
    And a routine he can count on will help.



  3. #3
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    You could try fluphenazine. It worked well for a mare who had to be on stall rest. Doesn't really dull them, just settled her.



  4. #4
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    I've used fluphenazine. It worked well.



  5. #5
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    I've used Reserpine with good results before.



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