Medication is sometimes used to sedate a horse to make it easier to control during treatment or a procedure such as teeth care.
Sedatives can cause some horses to struggle more as they loose control of their muscles. They may sit down, then jump up into the air as they feel themselves loose balance. You must pay attention and stay to the side of the horse when any medication is given in case this happens.
The vet or your trainer will generally be the only people allowed to give medications in your stable.
Remember that the Rules of Racing prohibit the use of sedatives in racing horses and most medications will take some time to be eliminated from a horse's body before they are allowed to race.
Rules of racing and chemical restraints
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The Rules of Racing prohibit the use of sedatives and other medications in racing horses.
Most medications will take some time to be eliminated from a horse's body. If the horse races before the medication has been eliminated and produces a positive swab the owner could lose any prizemoney, the trainer may have their license suspended and may be heavily fined.
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