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post #1 of 7 Old 11-28-2011, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Ear Clipping Fear

My gelding hates getting his ears clipped. When you're grooming him you can touch his ears all you want to. But when you have clippers in your hand he freaks out. The past owner had to sedate him when she did it for shows. Is there any way I can get him used to the clippers so that I don't have to sedate him whenever he needs his ears done?
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-28-2011, 10:31 PM
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You could use scissors in the mean time. First of all, get him used to seeing the clippers, rubbing them all over his ear and around his ear. He probably had a bad experience with them, and needs to get used to the sight of them. Then turn them on near him. Put the clippers in your hand with them on and put your hand on his ear, which provides a gentle vibration. Then take your hand away and set the vibrating clippers against his ear. Good luck!

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You could use scissors in the mean time. First of all, get him used to seeing the clippers, rubbing them all over his ear and around his ear. He probably had a bad experience with them, and needs to get used to the sight of them. Then turn them on near him. Put the clippers in your hand with them on and put your hand on his ear, which provides a gentle vibration. Then take your hand away and set the vibrating clippers against his ear. Good luck!
agreed. this is what we do to our horses.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-29-2011, 04:36 PM
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He probably had a bad experience with them.
I seriously doubt it. Most horses object to having their ears clipped, and have to be trained to accept it. Some just never do, and it has nothing to do with them having a 'bad experience'.

OP, he may NEVER accept ear clipping without sedation. Is it really that important to show clip the insides of his ears? When I was showing, I'd just trim the long hairs and tidy up the ear area. It never cost me any points with the judges.

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my horse has never had her ears clipped, but she HATES the clippers anywhere near her face. she is perfect to clip her legs, but you can barely get the clippers up to her neck ! she has been quite difficult because she is somewhat of a fighter, ive never had a horse so nervous about clippers. i havent focused on clipper training until now, because i havent shown her much. what ive been doing is holding the clippers [turned on] while feeding her. while shes eating i rub the clippers up and down her neck and hold them near her face. as she gets relaxed more quickly, i plan to start holding them on her face, and then clipping her face a little bit.

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I seriously doubt it. Most horses object to having their ears clipped, and have to be trained to accept it. Some just never do, and it has nothing to do with them having a 'bad experience'.
OP, he may NEVER accept ear clipping without sedation. Is it really that important to show clip the insides of his ears?
When I was showing, I'd just trim the long hairs and tidy up the ear area. It never cost me any points with the judges.
The owner got him from her cousin, and she didnt think he treated my gelding well at all. So hey may have had a bad experience with them. I only clip the outsides anyway.
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Cin used to have a huge problem with clippers. It took me a really really long time to get him over it, but he eventually did.

What I did was I got one of those battery operated toothbrushes, and every day I would turn it on and rub it all over him, all the while talking to him and working him through it. Eventually it got to be an every day thing to him and he stopped being scared but it took almost a year of doing this every day.
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