Dr. Greene always works with a trained assistant and prefers to be in an open (or box) stall or shelter. The treatment area should be manure free, have a relatively level floor without deep holes, and a safe and secure corner to back the horse into. Deep bedding is not desirable, but can be easily piled into a specific corner. Wash racks and stocks may work as well, as long as the footing is not slippery. When working at a barn or stable, we set up our instruments in one area then move our patients in and out for their treatment.
We also require access to 120 v electricity (we carry 50 ft. of extension cord) and fresh water.
We sedate all of our patients for floating and additional care, as we believe a proper examination and appropriate treatment cannot be comfortably delivered to our patients without a sedative onboard. Sedation also provides a safer working environment for patient, assistant and doctor alike. We utilize sedatives that have a relatively short duration and quick recovery times. The horses are still quite sedate after the procedure and a nearby recovery stall is appreciated. We request that our patients have no access to any feed for 2 hours after the procedure (water is ok). Reversal of the sedation is available and may be recommended in select cases.