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    06-14-2012, 02:14 PM
  #11
Foal
To get my mare used to the clippers, I started out using an electric toothbrush and just pet her all over her neck and face/ears while holding the toothbrush. The sound the electric toothbrush makes is not as loud as clippers, so once she could care less about the toothbrush being near her I moved on to the clippers and she was very tolerant.
     
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    06-14-2012, 02:19 PM
  #12
Weanling
Good idea I'm going to try that.
     
    06-14-2012, 02:25 PM
  #13
Banned
That is a great idea, Cricket! Brilliant, in fact!
     
    06-14-2012, 02:54 PM
  #14
Foal
Why thank you :) Hope it works well for you guys too!
     
    06-14-2012, 03:02 PM
  #15
Yearling
I use scissors and it puts her to sleep. Snip, rub (thumb on inside of ear), snip rub...she loves it!!! I just won clippers at a tack auction so we'll see how the scissors to clipper transition goes!
     
    06-15-2012, 06:33 PM
  #16
Foal
A human hand massager is good for desensitizing. While desensitizing my horse one day I accidentally clipped her mane just a bit. Also I hold the ear closed with a firm grip to stop the vibrating down into the ear. No wimpy grips or my horse starts shaking her head because it tickles. I don't do the inside, but you might be able to grip the ear between your thumb and forefinger lower than you are clipping to stop the tickle.
     
    06-19-2012, 04:07 PM
  #17
Super Moderator
Horses have hair inside their ears for a purpose - to keep flies and dirt out of the ears.
It should never be clipped out and if you had ever had to treat a horse that had a hay see inside its ear then you never would.

As said it will not count against you at a show if the ears are just tidied up by trimming any hair sticking out.
     
    06-19-2012, 05:48 PM
  #18
Weanling
After looking back at pictures of my horses I noticed that I didn't clip inside their ears but around them to clean them up a bit. I do remeber being told that the hair inside is important not so much for keeping dirt out but bugs like flies and any buzzing but out of them.
     
    06-19-2012, 06:02 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Actualy the vast majority of show horses in the UK have stripped out ears.

Never heard of anyone whoshorse has gotten hay in thier ears. Do you still feed fromhay racks that are above the horses? If so that is not only very unnatural for a horse but encourages all sorts of respiratory issues.

I can't stand hairy ears on horses.
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    06-19-2012, 09:44 PM
  #20
Weanling
Do you have someone who can help you twitch her?

My horse is clipped regularly and doesn't care to have her ears done, so she's just twitched. Way easier than a fight.
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