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    05-18-2012, 01:38 PM
  #1
Foal
Trouble with clipping

Once a year I clip my horse for the summer shows. Last year we had a lot of trouble with clipping his head so this year I got Dormosedan gel from my vet. After giving it to him, he was really out of it and we were able to get more done easily, but he still was fighting a lot when trying to do his ears and muzzle. I need to get at least his ears clipped but I'm not sure how. Would it be better to get something like Rompum to clip his ears and muzzle?

I've tried desensitizing him to the clippers. He is fine with them on him as long as their off. I think it is tickling him and he really doesn't like it.

Here are some pictures of him getting clipped because pictures are always fun.









     
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    05-18-2012, 02:00 PM
  #2
Weanling
Personally, I am not an advocate for tranquilizing a horse unless it is an emergency.

Throw your clippers, turned on, into an empty platic bucket, and let him sit with the bucket until he realizes it isn't going to kill him. Then move the clippers to his body. He is okay with body clipping, so slowly move closer to his head inch by inch, only progressing when he is calm. I should add that you will have the clippers resing on him, not the actual blade parts, just so he hears it/feels the vibration. This way, if he moves, he won't get jabbed or get a funny hair cut.

Either that, or try smaller clippers for his face, like the Wahl face clippers that fit in the palm of your hand.
Cheers,
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    05-18-2012, 02:05 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by RunSlideStop    
Personally, I am not an advocate for tranquilizing a horse unless it is an emergency.

Throw your clippers, turned on, into an empty platic bucket, and let him sit with the bucket until he realizes it isn't going to kill him. Then move the clippers to his body. He is okay with body clipping, so slowly move closer to his head inch by inch, only progressing when he is calm. I should add that you will have the clippers resing on him, not the actual blade parts, just so he hears it/feels the vibration. This way, if he moves, he won't get jabbed or get a funny hair cut.

Either that, or try smaller clippers for his face, like the Wahl face clippers that fit in the palm of your hand.
Cheers,
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I have tried smaller clippers, working my way up numerous times, months at a time. He will not allow it.
     

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