Originally Posted by horselovinguy
Have you tried desensitizing him in steps to noises....to noise and vibrations????
Fly spray... randomly make a "Pssst" sound yourself while you have your hands on him grooming, do it often and with a soft touch so he is reassured and grows accustomed to that noise..
Clippers are much the same....run them in your hand off, over his body while reassuring him in your grooming time....quietly you make a buzzing sound...over time turn them on and touch him doing the same thing over his entire body. When he realizes the thing won't hurt him you are on the road to him accepting.
You need to be his leader, the respected one in the herd and give the cues about all of this... if you act tentative and scared of his reaction you will have a horse who will give you what you ask for.
If you introduce then expect him to respect what you are doing and trust you, in time you will have that horse too.
Please, also remember that what people tell stories of of a horses past concerned another handling them.
That handler has much to do with the horses allowed responses to all kinds of stimuli, clippers, spray bottles, anything and everything.
Your "vibes" are being sent before you even realize it, so go to the barn with a calm and clear mindset and see where that can get you to in handling your horse all the time.
Also remember that many love to embellish and fabricate stories... with us thinking the worst and having the least of issues. That goes for all kinds of things "horsey"...and in life sometimes too.
BTW.... do not use your womans razor on your horse.
It is not made for that and will yank and pull his coat beside cutting/chopping it to close and possibly really hurting him or making him uncomfortable in his girth area.
If you have the right clippers for a horse and truly know how to, clip.
If you don't, then pay someone who is experienced with difficult horses to clip him.
If it needs done...Tranquilizing is not always bad if done for the right reason and by someone who knows what they are doing.
Your horse may have had some rough handling by how you write of information being passed on to you...he needs a confident handler to re-train him that "clippers don't bite" and "spray bottles don't attack".
Remember, he takes his cues from you, your body language and your tensions you exhibit.
If you relax, he will...if you go at him all ready for a fight & war....he will give you one.
To respond to some of this. Expecting him to be good will go a long way.
And there are plenty of horses with "issues" where someone who doesn't know about said "issues" will be able to clip, flyspray, load, catch, the horse just because they don't know about the issues. Food for thought.
I think the comments for a woman's razor was for the muzzle only. If you are showing that is something to consider, but yes, definitely do not use it on the coat.