Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Restraint methods

Contributor(s): Natalie Waran

Introduction

  • When general anesthesia   Anesthesia: general - overview  or standing chemical restraint   Anesthesia: standing chemical restraint  are not appropriate, other methods of restraint may need to be considered.
  • It may be necessary to restrain a horse for examinations, injections, suturing, etc.
  • Before deciding to use restraint methods, you must know when and when not to use them.
  • The choice of restraint technique is a matter of personal preference, experience, the individual horse and what is available.
  • When necessary, restraint is essential for the safety of both the horse, the vet and any assistants.
  • Any restraint technique should be applied quickly, properly and purposefully, as well as being forceful enough to ensure the procedure that requires the restraint is performed and finished as soon as possible.

The horse

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Preparation

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Restraint methods

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Conclusion

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • Caudle A B & Pugh D G (1986)Restraint. Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract2(3), 645-651.

Other sources of information

  • Fowler M E (1995)Restraint and Handling of Wild and Domestic Animals.2nd edn. Iowa State University Press. ISBN 0813818923.
  • Sonsthagen T F (1994)Restraint of Domestic Animals.Amer Veterinary Pub. ISBN 0939674289.


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