Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
as much as i agree that its avoiding the base problem (and im a huge believer in fixing the problem not masking it) sometimes things have to be done. when i had to get my wb's feet done there was no putting it off for another day. my vet had even said his feet need doing ASAP (i had just got him and he had been neglected). i had bought a sedative injection from the vet but decided to see if we could do it without drugs. at became clear we couldnt but decided to try the twitch before sedating. please keep in mind this is a situation where it HAD to be done.
he settled down nicely and had all his feet done. it certainly has been better since then too. and, he has no ongoing fear of farriers. in fact we havent had a prob since. this i believe is because the twitching was done properly and all it did to him was make it feel like he'd had a few beers and it was time for relaxing :P
if a twitch is used for such things as subduing a horse cause it pulls its head up when being bridled or something like that, then no, its not necessary and the root of the problem needs to be sorted but when you have a situation where an already dangerous job is being done then there is nothing wrong with making it safer for the people involved and in most cases, less stressful on the horse cause he is in a zen-like state :)
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"