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  • Horse ear clipping problems
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    02-25-2008, 08:00 PM
Re: how to clip your hores ears

Originally Posted by windspeed
A twitch is something you should have your dentist try on you. If you then find it makes anything more pleasant and builds trust in your dentist, use it on your horse.

A twitch can be used when your horses foot is caught in barb wire and you don't have a tranquilizer in hand, not for simple tasks like clipping.
You know how they work though right?
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    03-26-2008, 11:22 PM
Can you touch his ears with your hand?
Is he OK with you clipping his poll?
    03-27-2008, 12:50 PM
Bribe them. I've tried twitching and lip chaining to various results, but bribing them w/ food seems to be the best way. Find something they like a lot and only let them have it when you clip. Don't just stick to horse treats either; I had a friend whose horse would do anything for french fries, and one of mine would only stand still for mountain dew soda.
    03-28-2008, 09:22 AM
Reminds me that's something I really need to do with my horses, especially the 2 babies.
    03-28-2008, 05:59 PM
I would say twitch :)
    03-31-2008, 12:39 AM
Thanks for your suggestions! I have been planning on investing in a twitch for a little while now. I will also try the chain under the lip.
I have been trying to get him used to them, but I have never had such problems with it as I do with this horse. The last time I tried to clip him, I had two people standing on each side of him trying to hold him and me standing on a chair. We tried putting a chain on him, giving him ace, and much more. He is really a pain and since he is so big and strong, he can pull all of us right off the ground. He ended up hitting his head and it was all so dramatic. Now he doesn't want me to touch his ears, brush his ears, or clip his bridle path because he thinks I will clip his ears and whenever I try to he flips his head around, picks me up off the ground, and gets upset.
It sucks because we show almost every weekend and he really needs to be able to handle it. This is really like his only vice and it drives me crazy.

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