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post #11 of 31 Old 06-19-2009, 06:10 PM
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My first horse was a prince for clipping... until you went for the ears. Bridle path = cake, ears = quivering pony jello mold. I just lived with it. I never needed to clip the ears clean inside, so I pinched them shut and snipped the hairs that stuck out with kindergarten style round edged scissors. Made my life easier, looked fine, and my horse was an angel for it. I have heard of using giant cotton balls or pom poms as earplugs for horses who are afraid of the noise, but the have to be big so they don't get "lost". I've never had to twitch any of the horses in my barn, and the only time one was sedated was following a mild colic episode. I have seen horses twitched for basic grooming before though . Go desensitization!!

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Sparkles my horse is the same... I can't get near her with clippers - and trust me I hae tried... Little clippers okay - but the big evil ones no way... spent a year trying to desenstise her too her but to no avail..

I think somethine REALLYbad has happen pre me as the way she behaves is completely out of her nature...

Stormyblues - havent had anything to do with paralli - what sort of activities would you suggest? Note I have NO issues with any other form of handling at all....
My horse is okay with the little battery operated Wahl clippers as well, but when you bring out the big ones with the cord she knows and all of the memories start to come back and she can be flat out dangerous.

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^try Parelli, it can un-do that damage
No offence to anyone who loves Parelli, but I really don't want to Parelli my horse to death. My experience with Parelli is he seems fix his methods on one kind of horse and one kind of problem, all horses and problems are different and I really don't want to spend all that money when I have trainers and people who know just as much as Parelli about over coming fears. Parelli doesn't know what happened to my horse and what kind of problem it was, I believe that watching a video isn't going to help anyone's knowledge, one on one is the best way to go.
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the Parelli programs are amazing, and they have done everything from fizing a horse that would let the rider ride it, to stoping a horse from biting. I would look into it.
For the clipper situation, do just as I said in my earlier post
And I think they know what they are doing, if alot of olympians use Parrelli to train their horse's from day one, then why wouldn't it help me. And you can't talk about it until you have tried it

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My horse KNOWS the clippers won't hurt her, she just hates the sound. She'll usually fight me for a little while, and then will give in. I tried desensitizing, and it just didn't work with her - she hates the noise.

Sometimes I'll twist the nose band of her halter, but other than that, I just deal with her until she gives in. It usually takes me about 30 minutes to get them fully clipped.
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I don't see anything wrong with sedating/twitching either. I have never had to do either for my horses, but other horses at the barn (mainly young ones) have been sedated for hoof trims and teeth floating. We don't twitch for anything really, not even eye meds, shots, etc. But, if it needed to be done - no prob.

And Parelli. I wouldn't touch his stuff with a 10 foot pole....

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post #16 of 31 Old 06-19-2009, 10:23 PM
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the Parelli programs are amazing, and they have done everything from fizing a horse that would let the rider ride it, to stoping a horse from biting. I would look into it.
For the clipper situation, do just as I said in my earlier post
And I think they know what they are doing, if alot of olympians use Parrelli to train their horse's from day one, then why wouldn't it help me. And you can't talk about it until you have tried it
We all have our own opinions on things, and again I said no offence to people who like it because I do not. I've watched the DVD's and they are not for me,i also never said they didn't know what they were doing but again, all horses are different. Maybe it worked on you horse, but i'd rather do it the way my horse is comfortable with, Pat and Linda do not know my horse, why would I listen to someone who never even saw my horse. It just doesn't make sense to me, and again it's just my opinion on this situation.
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Stormy I have a friend who was nearly killed by an NH Parelli trained horse. The horse kicked her to the ground, knocked her out and then reared up to trample her but luckily someone was able to pull her from the under the horse's hooves. He was "playing", right?
That horse had to be sedated, or twitched for farrier work, clipping, all vet work, etc and what "fixed" the horse to a degree was good old fashioned common sense horsemanship.

To the OP: I had a mare who was extremely headshy and I worked with her every single day for the 5 years I owned her on simply letting me touch her ears. Scissors became my best friend. I don't clip out the ears though, I just squeeze them together and trim the excess hair. Even when the horse was sedated I could barely even get that done, I wouldn't sedate her just to trim her ears though. It would be after a teeth floating or other veterinary procedure that I'd pull out my scissors and snip away.

As far as for normal non head shy horses just work at it. Pull out the clippers and have them running in your free hand while grooming or something. My horse hates the tickling of clippers :P Poor guy.
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I can't belive that a horse trained with Parelli would do that. It was probably the girl's fault(not to be mean!) Parelli is all about teaching the human, not the horse.

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I can't belive that a horse trained with Parelli would do that. It was probably the girl's fault(not to be mean!) Parelli is all about teaching the human, not the horse.

It IS possible for a horse to do that, just because it was trained with Parelli means sh!t to me.

Im sorry, I really don't agree with Parelli. Someone who has never met my horse can not tell me that THEIR method works on EVERYTHING. It is untrue, and many parelli users need to face it. Linda and pat wont tell me how to ride and train MY horse. No sir.

I am not saying I am better then them, or that I know everything. I have alot to learn and improve on, but I will stick to what has worked for me and my horses, not what the Parelli's say, just because they're -of course!- the Parelli's.
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have you ever tried to lunge a parelli/natural horsemanship trained horse? All they do is turn in and look at you. So annoying.

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