There are a wide range of situations in which we like to use sedation. Generally, it’s to make the horse more amenable when something that may be scary or uncomfortable is being done to them. Of course, this varies from horse to horse. It’s important to remember that all sedatives temporarily alter the way the horse’s brain and body works, and have a serious impact on the heart and circulatory system. As a result, they’re all prescription-only medicines, and your vet will want to satisfy themselves that the patient doesn't have any underlying heart problems etc before using them. Allivet has a variety of sedative medications, but a veterinarian should be consulted before making any purchases.