Understanding ACP

  • When ACP may be of use

    • Clipping and trimming
    • Pulling manes and tails
    • Shoeing
    • Minor dental procedures
    • Loading and travelling
    • Enforced box rest
    • Turnout or exercise following box rest
    • The covering of uncooperative mares
    • Handling wild or fractious horses

    Veterinary uses of ACP

    • Prior to a general anaesthetic (shown to reduce anaesthetic deaths)
    • Laminitis
    • To drop the penis for swabbing or clinical assessment
    • Choke
    • Tetanus

    Undesirable side effects of ACP

    • Drop in blood pressure (hypotension) but may help laminitis cases
    • Inhibition of temperature regulation
    • Changes in the blood cell count
    • Disturbances in fertility
    • Paralysis of the retractor penis muscle (leading to possible penile prolapse and associated problems)
    • Accidental injection into the artery instead of the vein, leading to possible disorientation, convulsions and death

    For more information about the benefits and suitable uses of ACP, see Horse & Hound (28 February, ’08)

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