Horse Veterinary Questions? Ask an Equine Vet.
Good Morning, and thanks for the question.
I can understand your frustration, but there is a solution, providing you have a relationship with a horse Veterinarian. There is now a sedative available for owners meant exactly for your type of situation. The product is called “Dormosedan” and is available in a gel form for oral administration. Hopefully, you have a horse Vet that you have worked with from whom you can purchase this. It’s a very safe sedative, and an overdose is almost impossible (if you were to give too much, the sedation would only last longer). It must be given about thirty minutes before trimming, and needs to be given underneath the tongue for effect. So check with your Vet for availability. Usually costs about thirty dollars a tube.
There are also herbal supplements for calming that are available at most feed stores, however from the description of your mule, they may not work well in your situation.
I trust I’ve been of some help, but please let me know if you have any further questions.
All the best to you, and good luck with your mule!
-Dan C., DVM.
Just checking in to see if you have any further questions. If something I posted is unclear, please let me know.
Thanks for getting back to me.
Would it be possible to get a nose twitch on him? Can you get a halter on him? There are types of restraint devices that can be fit on to a halter, and work just as well as a twitch, better in some cases! Let me know!
Again, thanks for getting back to me.
As for your current question, if you have a working relationship with a Veterinarian, the Vet can legally sell you an injectable anesthetic, providing it is not a controlled substance (such as Butorphenol, Valium, Morphine, etc.). There are drugs that are not controlled that a Vet can sell you, but that is left up to the Vet’s discretion. I have many clients that I will provide with sedatives, but only if I am sure that they will use them responsibly and according to directions. If you have a working relationship with a Vet, you might request a sedative such as Xylazine, Dormosedan, Acepromazine or Sedi-Vet. These are all injectable, but again, are dispensed at the discretion of the Vet.
I hope this helps, but don’t hesitate to ask for further clarification, etc.