THE UN­TOUCH­ABLES

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A res­cue horse who is un­trained and fear­ful but needs med­i­cal at­ten­tion is one of the most dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions to deal with. It’s also a sit­u­a­tion that can sneak up on you. When a horse is truly sick—for ex­am­ple, a thin horse who also has a se­vere pneu­mo­nia—he is ac­tu­ally much eas­ier to han­dle. Sadly, he may just not have enough en­ergy to fight. As the horse gets stronger, he can fi­nally act on his fears and the trou­ble be­gins.

If the fear­ful res­cue horse truly needs med­i­cal care, se­da­tion that is ad­min­is­tered orally with grain can help. As a last re­sort, a vet­eri­nar­ian with se­da­tion from a dis­tance may be needed. If your vet­eri­nar­ian isn’t fa­mil­iar with th­ese tech­niques, he or she may be able to con­sult with one who is used to deal­ing with ex­otic an­i­mals. This sit­u­a­tion is a choice be­tween stress­ing the an­i­mal and pos­si­bly caus­ing more in­jury or harm, ver­sus the odds that the horse will re­cover with his own im­mune sys­tem and oral med­i­ca­tions in feed.

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