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    02-03-2008, 06:55 PM
  #11
Trained
Well now that I've heard the full story, fair enough especially if he wanted to use one of his tools as the twitch. Im confused as to how he would even do this

P.s. A twitch can easily be made out of bailing twine and a small piece of pvc piping about an inch in diameter. That's what we have. In fact I don't think I've ever seen anything other than that lol

Just a side note, I used to have quite a hot arab myself and even though I thought he would freak out with the twitch, he didnt. It was the only time he ever stood still and wasnt really worried about everything going on around him :)
     
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    02-03-2008, 07:14 PM
  #12
Started
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Originally Posted by jazzyrider
ust a side note, I used to have quite a hot arab myself and even though I thought he would freak out with the twitch, he didnt. It was the only time he ever stood still and wasnt really worried about everything going on around him Smile


Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the reason horses are calm is because their lips affect their brain cells or nerves in their brain, not seriously, but enough to calm them?
     
    02-03-2008, 07:42 PM
  #13
Weanling
I'm sry but I have to disagree with all of you on this. I don't think twitches are good to use at all.

Junior was used with a twitch before I got him and I don't know if they did it wrong or what but he is nose shy now. Even though he lets me touch his nose because he trusts me enough he wont let some people touch his nose and in some cases he even gets nose shy to me if I have to do something around his nose and I make fast movements. Just saying this because even some professionals can screw up .
     
    02-03-2008, 08:34 PM
  #14
Started
If it was dangerous to do it crosstied, you could have just as easily hooked a leadrope on the horse and held him yourself.

If you weren't going to allow him to feel safe doing your horse, then why should he risk it. Being a farrier is a rough job, why make it harder.
     
    02-03-2008, 09:47 PM
  #15
Foal
I totally disagree with using a twitch for getting his feet done. It should be made a good experience and your farrier should be able to handle when things come up like this.the first time my horses feet was done he was terrible even though I had worked with his feet everyday for a month to get him ready but my farrier helped me get him settled and have had no prolbem since.
     
    02-04-2008, 12:56 AM
  #16
Foal
I think you made the right decision in not allowing her to do it, especially since she didn't even have the right equipment. Sounds like your horse just had an off day and your farrier could have had a little more patience. One thing you might try before the next visit is giving your horse a little bit of a work out to take some of the edge off. Also, maybe practice picking up the hooves and tapping on them a few days ahead of time. These things might help your horse be more relaxed and know what to expect before hand. Hope things go better next time. :)
     
    02-04-2008, 05:00 AM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by Sara
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.
i agree.

Also, you can try grabbing some of her skin near her shoulder and twisting also releases endorphins.
     
    02-04-2008, 09:25 AM
  #18
Trained
If done correctly it isnt a bad experience for them. My wb needed it the first time but since then we have been able to work with him more and he has no issues with the farrier now nor is he nose shy. The biggest issues come from it not being done properly
     
    02-04-2008, 10:01 AM
  #19
Yearling
I don't think the farrier had to endanger his health, well being, life & source of income by doing a horse that was trying to hurt him.
I would walk away and not finish the job if I felt that my safety was in question.

The horse needs to learn respect maybe. Or if the horse is jumpy and a problem, maybe use some sort of calming product like Quietex?
     
    02-04-2008, 10:30 AM
  #20
tim
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kim_angel
I don't think the farrier had to endanger his health, well being, life & source of income by doing a horse that was trying to hurt him.
I would walk away and not finish the job if I felt that my safety was in question.
Yes, my farrier is a really nice guy and great to work with, but before we started putting back shoes on my horse, he told me to get a hammer and just knock around on his back feet.

Farrier said if my horse kicked him he'd charge me but he wouldn't put the shoes on.
     

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