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How to Ask Your Vet to “Friendly”
Your Horse Before Injections
If you have been Parelli-ing very long, you will have noticed that many of Pat’s sayings have applications in other areas of life. One that applies here is Rapport, Respect, Impulsion, Flexion. I see you scratching your head, so let me explain.
With your vet as with your horse, you must first discover what is important to him. Generally the needs of vets fall into one or more of our categories:
- Profitability (they want to get paid for their time or effort)
- Client satisfaction (pleasing you and/or the horse)
You will generate respect when you can show and/or tell your equine practitioner how playing the Friendly Game with your horse will help him get wha the needs. Don’t use Parelli language he may not know; instead, talk about building rapport or confidence, or helping the horse be calm. Better yet, use an analogy or word picture that is non-threatening and non-judgmental. For instance, you could say, “Can you remember a time when your senses were on high alert, and then some little harmless thing caused you to jump or panic or maybe even hit someone?”
This has to do with your timing. The timing of your request will often determine how successful it is. Talk to your vet when you set up the appointment. Let them know that you appreciate their services and that you know it is important that they are as safe and efficient as possible; therefore, you would like to schedule a little extra time (which you are willing to pay them for) so that you, your horse and the vet can all have an experience that will produce good relationships.
This is our goal — creating flexibility in ourselves (by taking into consideration our vet’s point of view) , in our horses (an emotional and physical flexion that will help them relax in response to a potentially negative stimulus) and our vet (being flexible with their time and procedures for the horse).
Needle prep technique
Pinch your horse’s neck gently until he tips his head toward you, relaxing the muscle. Then release and rub until he is relaxed. If he has trouble or moves away, help him understand your idea by tipping his head toward you with your line. Release at the slightest try. Do this on both sides of the neck and also in the jugular vein area, so all areas produce the same relaxation response.
"Set your horse up for successful vet visit with plenty of simulations."
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