1. Give your vet a heads up

Let your vet know about any ticklish spots your horse might have or anything he doesn't like. Some horses can be sensitive and some can be fearful. Vets would rather know as it means they can allow extra time.

2. Discuss any worries with your vet

A plan can be made for safe treatment that isn't stressful for you or your horse.

3. Ask someone more experience to help

If you are not confident holding your horse, ask an experience friend or the yard staff to do this for you. The vet practice may be able to send out a vet nurse if you don't have anyone who can assist you.

4. Consider boxing your horse to the vet practice/hospital

This means your horse can be handled by professionals. It may save you money on call-out fees, too.

5. Practise at home

If something in particular makes your horse anxious, such as the vet raising the jugular vein in readiness for an injection, or pinching the skin on his neck, try to get him used to it by performing it on a daily basis. Reward him with a pat or a treat to help him lose his fear.

6. Seek professional help

Don't risk being in the situation where your horse becomes injured or ill and your vet is not able to safely treat him. If your horse shows extreme reactions it is worth consulting an experienced equine behaviourist. Your vet will be able to recommend one.