Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I would say, just calmly try every day. Probably start trying with the muzzle, as the ears are closer to the bridle path (and they usually really like the feel on their muzzles once they let it happen). It sort of sounds like she had something bad happen with the clippers that traumatized her - hard to say though. I would make sure she is not tied, and just hold her lead, and then slowly try. She will pull away, but just bring her back to where you had her, and slowly try again. Just spend 5 minutes or so on it each day, and end with you rubbing the buzzing clippers (but not shaving) on her somewhere. Eventually, you will have success. Earplugs might not be a bad idea.
Normally, I take a bit more assertive approach when teaching horses about clippers, but seeing that she is a rescue, not a babe, and you don't know her history, it seems like slowly earning her trust with it might be best.