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post #1 of 5 Old 03-06-2012, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Training an older horse to be clipped!?

I have a 23 year old AQH that I just got and I need to clip his bridle path, whiskers, throat, & fetlocks. I don't want any comments on why you shouldn't clip them. I always have clipped, always will. Anyways, he asn't been clipped in probably 20 years, so I have NO clue how this is going to go. Any tips on getting them used to clippers? Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-06-2012, 07:41 PM
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When I introduce a horse to clippers, they are not tied. That way they have room to move and get away and won't pull back. I first turn them on and just let them run. From there, I'll slowly move it towards their shoulder, and then place the clippers on their shoulders and just let them vibrate and make the noise. When the horse is comfortable and confident, I move them slowly up the neck. I'll just slowly introduce them and then carefully clip. It really helps when another person is there to assist you!

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Further to Mudpie, if the horse moves I'll stay with him with the clippers running, not clipping. When he stops I'll move them behind my back, wait a few seconds then repeat. The darned things do sound like a huge angry wasp and the way a horse will cock an inside ear you know that's what he's worried about. By taking the clippers away when he stops it actually has the reverse affect of what we would think. He will become more tolerant.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-10-2012, 07:33 PM
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good question, OP. Let me know how it goes. This spring I will be clipping my 13 year old, and for all I know it will be his first time o.o

I wish us both luck!

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With my mare, I had to rub her down with them off for a while first, she went BALLISTIC if I tried to get anywhere near her with them on until after I had rubbed her down with them off. Once I did that, it only took me about 10 minutes to get her to let me do her bridle path....
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