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post #1 of 13 Old 06-11-2008, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Afraid of Clippers

Yesterday I tried clipping Jubilee's ears and she freaked out. She's not a spooky horse, but the clippers made her very scared. She pulled her head way up, ears back and her eyes had a very scared, spooked expression. This was surprising because usually she is curious and fearless. This is the first time I've seen her really scared of something. She really didn't like the noise of the clippers in her ears. In the end, I just decided not to clip them. I don't mind them fuzzy anyway. But does anyone know why she reacted this way? Is there anyway I can get her to stop doing that? I tried getting her to smell the clippers first and stuff, letting it buzz, and she was fine with it, until it was near her ear. Any advice??

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Vega's a little iffy with clippers. She doesn't get spooked, but i guess she doesn't like the vibration on her and will toss her head and move away. I haven't done this yet but I plan on getting a small, cheap massager and using that on her. That way she'll get used to the vibrations and it will feel good. Not sure if it will work, but it's worth a shot.
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I have always started very slowly and from square one. I make sure they give to pressure. I make sure they are not ear shy, head shy, etc. Then I get pocket clippers, and spend a few days on the noise, and sound aspect. I first turn them on, and hold them while I am brushing them. I do that for a few days. Then I touch them, and kinda pet them with the clippers, just so they get used to the vibrations. Then I move to clipping under the face, and around the nose. Then bridle path. Then I move to the ears.

I probably take too long in doing it. But I have never had a problem. I am not going to even try with the new horse. I am just going to let the trainer mess with her. Im too old and just dont even

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I clipped Jubilee's whiskers and she was fine with that. It was just with her ears that she didn't like it.

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post #5 of 13 Old 06-12-2008, 12:26 PM
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I used to shave the ears for shows. Some horses don't give a flip, some HATE it but learn to tolerate it. Takes a while for the ones who hate it, and I can't say I blame them. Hold the clippers (not the blades) up against your head behind your ears and see what its like!

If you don't have to do it, I'd not shave the ears.Maybe trim up any goony hairs that hang out in tufts to make it look tidy, but I usually do that with scissors cause it's too much trouble to plug in the clippers for that .

However, getting your horse used to the vibration, even if you never shave them, is a good lesson in trust and respect if you do it right, so use this as learnng opportunity! The muzzle is a good place to start since she was okay with that. Basically, work your way up (just rubbing the clippers, not the blades) , advance and retreat. Advance to where she starts to get concerned, the retreat to a previously okay place. Do for just a couple of "advances" every day, even if you only progress 2 inches higher than the day before. Just do it casually and for a couple of minutes.That keeps it from becoming a big deal.

You may have to start at the muzzle every day, but eventually you will get to the ears. Don't make it a 30 minute session. the first time by the ears, just go gently in a quick move, and retreat to the last "okay" place and quit, The next day you can do for a little longer, etc.
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Our young filly had the same reaction to the sound/feel of a water sprayer the first time we used it to hose her off. Basically doing as barefoothooves suggested (starting at her feet in our case) and working towards her head/ears worked.

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post #7 of 13 Old 06-12-2008, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice guys. I'm going to leave her ears how they are though. I really don't mind them being fuzzy. :)

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post #8 of 13 Old 06-12-2008, 03:13 PM
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There isnt much you can do. Bring out every day, take it baby steps and keep showing her over and over again until she gets used to them.
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post #9 of 13 Old 06-12-2008, 03:31 PM
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what I did with my horses to get him over his fear of clippers was I use the Vibration from my cell phone and I would turn it on so it would vibrate for a period of him and i would rub my phone all over his face and he got ok with that so when I used the clippers on him the was fine with it so i guess it was the magic tool lol

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post #10 of 13 Old 06-12-2008, 10:12 PM
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the vibration seems like a good idea to get them used to it.. also, you can put large cotton buds in the horses ears to black some sound, make sure they're big enough that theyre not gonna fall through at get stuck in there though
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