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    02-03-2008, 02:41 AM
Farriers Using Twitches

My farrier has shod my horse 3 times with little or no problem. However, this time she gave him a hard time. He managed to shoe the front feet, but when he got to the back ones, she was trying to kick him and would not stand still.

When he suggested using a twitch on her muzzle, I said absoultely not. So she has her front feet shod, and no shoes on the back. I was disappointed that he gave up so easily, and I did pay him the full price.

To be honest, I have never used a twitch on my horse because I think she'd probably go psycho. What's your thoughts?
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    02-03-2008, 02:53 AM
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Hmmm I don't know anything about a twitch but I would switch farriers. He should not have finished without doing the job. Maybe she was just having a bad day, or maybe she doesnt like the guy! Shoes can be kind of expensive and that is absolutely ridiculous that you paid full price without him finishing the job. My farrier trimmed my green 1 1/2 year old and did it with a broken hand. He is super gental and very kind with the horses, but firm when he needs to be. Your guy should have offered to come back and finish the back another day if he was unable to perform his service properly...
    02-03-2008, 04:17 AM
A properly used twitch releases calming endorphins to the brain. I've never seen a horse go haywire from having a twitch applied. Improper use can cause nerve damage...therein lies the controversy.

If it helps the vet or the farrier do their job safely, I'm all for humane use of a twitch. I'm probably biased since I used to accompany my mom (a vet) on so many of her equine house calls.
    02-03-2008, 07:00 AM
Twitches arent a problem as long as they arent used too 'hard'. We had to twitch my warmblood at first getting his feet done and cuase it was used properly all it did was make him relax and go all sleepy :) it doesnt need to be pulled really tight to get an effect and its quite harmless and painless for the horse
    02-03-2008, 12:52 PM
I use one whenever I need to clip his ears out. It's not cruel, just the exploitation of a convenient biological function.
    02-03-2008, 02:56 PM
If a professional recommended it, I would do it without questioning them.
    02-03-2008, 03:48 PM
While I'm not a so called horse expert, I do have good horse sense.
I won't always follow the instruction of a so call professional either because I know my horse best.

I failed to tell you guys that my horse is a purebred arab (hot tempered). She is extremely sensitive and on cross ties while shoeing her. It is not a good idea to use a twitch when the horse is cross tied (in case they rear up) Oh, I also failed to mention that he didnt actually have a twitch, and wanted to use a crimper (the farrier tool used to bend the nails).

Unless I have a death wish, think I did the right thing by saying absolutely not!
    02-03-2008, 03:56 PM
Well maybe you should fill in the details next time.
    02-03-2008, 04:35 PM
    02-03-2008, 06:12 PM
I have to disagree. Not every so-called professional uses "humane" devices. I've heard professional trainers suggest whipping a horse to force it into control. There are "professionals" out there that abuse their authority.

Just because a professional reccommends it, doesn't mean it's right or what works for you and your horse.

I agree that a twitch can be used under the right circumstances and in the right hands...but I believe you made the right decision LinRodeo.

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