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Re: [RC] Equitrol - a cautionary tale, vets please read - Sisu West Ranch

"....Heightened startle response.
Panic attacks. Extreme lethargy. (At times, my horse would seem very sleepy,
then suddenly "wake up" and spook violently.)..
The take home message is that flies are annoying, but for some horses at
least, Equitrol (Rabon) is far worse....."

Assuming that the mental changes noted are a usual side effect of Rabon, it would be banned for endurance horses under rule 13. If I wanted to use this product, I would make sure that the above mentioned side effects are not real at all.

Please, read the preceeding sentence carefully. I am just pointing out that there is no scientific reference given, and at least a look see at the abstract of a paper would be necessary to conclude that Rabon has mental effects. Since I have never had a desire to use it, it is not worth my time to double check. Given that the instruction sheet is very specific as to the dosage horse weight recommendations, I suspect that there are some significant side effects from this product. Many prudent endurance riders would therefore conclude that the risk is not worth the benefit.


Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875

(406) 642-9640



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[RC] Equitrol - a cautionary tale, vets please read, Deanna German