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post #1 of 8 Old 08-03-2011, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Clipping Ears

My horse HATES his ears to be touched. I can bridle him/ halter him. I just have to do it swiftly or he will try and turn his head to resist it. Doesnt throw his head. The lady i got him from said he hates his ears to be clipped but has gotten better. I haven't tried to clip them yet.

Would love some advice & some techniques !
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-03-2011, 12:37 PM
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I would get him over his tiff with his ears being touched before you even try to clip them.

Spend a lot of time, just running your hands over them, and the reaction will get smaller. He'll eventually learn to like his ears being scratched and rubbed.

For future reference of clipping-Buy some small clippers made for the ears,face, legs, etc. They're small, fit nicely in the ear, don't get hot, etc. I wouldn't even try it with normal size clippers.

I made that mistake, and ended up cutting my horses ear, because the blades get hot to quickly when your trying to work with a horse who hates his ears clipped, and he tossed his head really hard, and got a big stinging cut by his ear. Big problem. My horse who loves his ears scratched, was then ear shy for a couple weeks. So, I got him loving his ears rubbed again, and I bought these-Wahl Touch Up Trimmer in Clippers at Schneider Saddlery

Adorable, and again, are easy for small areas and don't get hot.
It took about thirty minutes, of take and release, and my horse was standing there with his head almost on the ground leaning into the clippers enjoying the scratch of them, while I did his ears with no issue.

If you're going to keep your horses ears clipped, you may also want to invest in a fly mask with ears for the protection.

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post #3 of 8 Old 08-05-2011, 04:35 PM
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I personally dont like ears clipped - the hair helps protect them from foreign objects.... what I do is floder the ear length ways and then use scissors to trim the hair poking out.... means they still have hair there but have a nice clean outline
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-05-2011, 04:39 PM
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I would not even worry about clipping them until we had worked through the issue he has with them being handled first. Approach it as a desensitizing exercise - start small and work up.
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-08-2011, 05:23 PM
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Don't even bother clipping his ears until you can touch them without bugging him. When I was getting my horse to stand good for it, I used a really small, quiet clippers. If he wasn't into that, I'd twitch him. (Yeah, yeah, I don't want to hear anything about how I'm mean because I twitch my horse. It is effective when I don't have months.) First couple times, I'd have to thrown the twitch on just for the ears. Then after 3 or 4 times, he'd just stand there. Now, I don't even have to tie him up. He'll just stand in the alley while I clip everywhere on his face.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-08-2011, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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RC82 what is twitching. I have heard a lot about it and even some trainers have said well u can always just twitch them. what is it or what does it do ...
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-08-2011, 10:18 PM
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This is the twitch I've use:
Humane Twitch -
You put it around their nose tight. They won't move around with it on. I would just throw it on for about 5 minutes to quick clip the ears and that's it. I don't like using them, but when I'd be out in the barn by myself and I'd have to get those ears clipped, there's not a lot of other options. Though after only a few times, he never moved again when I did his ears. Effective.
There's another kind with a chain but that one seems a little harsh.... Plus it takes a second person because someone has to hold it and twist the chain.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-08-2011, 11:14 PM
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I used to twitch for ears if they gave me a problem, I don't have time to mess around. But I always gave them the chance first. The horse I have now recently decided that he would rather just let me clip his ears then be twitched. I have had him since he was a weanling & regularly desensitized his ears, he was fine with the right ear but a goofball with the left one, so out came the twitch. This year, he just let me do it without much fuss. If I am not showing a horse, I don't clip the ears, it's there for a reason.
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