Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
isiwizzy sorry but thephotos add nothing to the thread, if ou want to show him off then do a picture thread.
Bluebird whilst I agree with you on the other thins I do not aree with you about twitching. There are several situations where I have twitched a horse for both my safety and the horses and the horses were non the worse off and no trust was lost. I had an arab who would fight chemical sedation we twitched him on several occasions for example when he went in for xrays, when he some how opened up an artery and wouldnt let us near it, when we had to stitch his legs up after an accident. I've twitched several of my oldies for medical reasons because it is safer to twitch an older horse than to sedate it heavily. I've twitched Reeco so that he would let me get at an injury before the vet arrived and stem the bleeding, I twitched stan whilst we smothered antiseptic on his sweetitch wounds when it got out of control.
Nose Twitching done properly does not hurt the horse in any way and will not affect the relationship, if it hurts the horse you are doing it wrong.
That said I would never ever condone ear twitching as that does cause pain and so many head shy horses are caused by it.
OP please please do not tie your horses head to its leg. That is dangerous and will result in a hurt horse.
I smack mine if he thinks of lifting a leg but it is with an open palm on his fleshy bottom.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT