My horse is afraid of the clippers. We want to start getting her used to them on a regular basis so that she will lose her fear. My MIL suggested that we use them on her horse and let Lily watch because horses learn from each other and she will be much less nervous when we approach her. We know she won't be fine, but MIL thinks she'll be more tolerant than if we work with Lily alone. To be honest, I'm skeptical but what do I know?!
Is this true, will she be more comfortable just by watching other horses get clipped? If so, is there a certain way we should clip in front of her? I can see her becoming more comfortable by getting used to hearing clippers around her, but does it matter if they are on another horse?
My plan is to approach her with the clippers until she gets nervous and then keep them there until she relaxes and calms down and then get a little closer or end the session on a good note. I am going to try to be consistent and do this over time. Basically baby steps until she realizes that they won't eat her up. I'm not in any hurry so I don't care if it takes a week or 2 months.