Sedation and the Friesian Horse

Critical for those new to the breed.

Anaesthesia can be a problem in all living things and is never without risks, though it is important for Friesian owners (and a lot do know) some critical information to pass on to your veterinarian and there are many in Australia who have never treated a Friesian the differences in their tolerance to sedation whether full or standing.

Friesians require very small doses of the same drug that would be used to sedate any other breed of equivalent size and weight.  It is also of critical importance to learn and understand that some types of sedative may not suit your Friesian, in particular Xylazine - Adrenergic Agonist (aka Rompun, Anased, Sedazine and Chanazine) you may end up with a Friesian coming out of sedation that appears outright like the psychotic flaming dragon from your worst nightmare (although there are reversals available, the vet needs to be able to inject them)

Dermosedan a non narcotic sedative analgesic is a safer and more commonly preferred option (requires and lower dose)  In cases where standing sedation is required this is often chosen and at a 1/4 of the recommended dose. 

If in doubt your vet can contact the Fenway Foundation.

As always professional advice must be sought by and from a licenced and qualified Veterinarian.

This article is of a general nature and must not be taken or construed in any manner as Veterinary advice.