Veterinarians learn to work around ill tempered and bad mannered horses, but it goes without saying that it's much easier to examine and treat an animal who has good ground manners.
You can facilitate vet calls by making sure that your horse is familiar and comfortable with the types of procedures that veterinarians frequently employ.
Consider giving your horse a brush-up on this five-point review of ground manners.
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Read "Help Your Horse Become a Better Patient" in the October '08 issue of EQUUS magazine for ways to identify and address the root of your horse's fears.