Equine vets are at a higher risk of suffering a serious injury than any other profession. Horse has 6 tips to help you keep your vet safe.
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.
Love Horse Riding? Sign up to our emails for the latest news and special offers!
Ever fancied being famous? If you would like your equine partner to appear in the pages of Horse magazine, then read on and find out how to apply...
Got a Horse magazine problem? Looking for a phone number or email address to ask someone for help? Click here to find the right person