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    04-15-2008, 10:57 AM
  #1
Banned
clipper problem

Sonny's wiskers are getting fairly long so I was going to trim them with the electric clippers. At first he's okay with it...I can touch him all over with it not on...but the minute I try to trim him with it on he spazzes. He'll pull back his head and try to run away.

I've turned on the clippers and just had him stand next to it to get used to the sound and once he seems calmed down and not afraid I'll take the clippers and try to trim him. But it's the minute I go towards him with it that he freaks.

I'm sure he's been clipped before for his wiskers aren't really long...just long enough where they should be clipped.

Any ideas on how I can get Sonny used to being trimmed easier? It's just his his nose and chin that need it....nothing else...but I don't want to frighten him and force the trimmers on him
     
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    04-15-2008, 11:02 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Re: clipper problem

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Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
Sonny's wiskers are getting fairly long so I was going to trim them with the electric clippers. At first he's okay with it...I can touch him all over with it not on...but the minute I try to trim him with it on he spazzes. He'll pull back his head and try to run away.

I've turned on the clippers and just had him stand next to it to get used to the sound and once he seems calmed down and not afraid I'll take the clippers and try to trim him. But it's the minute I go towards him with it that he freaks.

I'm sure he's been clipped before for his wiskers aren't really long...just long enough where they should be clipped.

Any ideas on how I can get Sonny used to being trimmed easier? It's just his his nose and chin that need it....nothing else...but I don't want to frighten him and force the trimmers on him

I've used scissors because I have the same problem with my mare.
     
    04-15-2008, 11:17 AM
  #3
Banned
I was thinking of using scissors, but I wasn't sure if Sonny would let me....he can be very spooky at new things...and he'll get too curious about things.

Example: I was carrying spurs to give them to a friend who needs them for her horse. The minute Sonny saw me carrying something he goes to the door of the stall ("hey mom got anything good for me to eat?") so I stopped and held the spurs out so he could sniff them (his previous owner used spurs on him so he knows what they are). He sniffs them, and them shoved his nose into the spur part...he flung his head back and then gave me the pitiful eyes ("how dare you shove that thing on my nose!!").

I don't want to have him get jabbed by the scissors whether or not it's his own fault.

I'm definitely going to try scissors though

TOo bad they don't make a silent trimmer
     
    04-15-2008, 11:21 AM
  #4
Green Broke
Acctually, correct me if im wrong they do make silent trimmers.
     
    04-15-2008, 11:25 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Heres a quiet (i think silent) set of clippers.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SILENT-WAHL-...QQcmdZViewItem
     
    04-15-2008, 11:28 AM
  #6
Trained
I have a wahl pocket pro that is small and hardly makes any sounds. I've never trimmed Vega's whiskers because they're there for a reason (her feelers) and since i'm not showing there's no reason to do it. Just my opinion though.

I would maybe get a massager, or if you can have your cellphone vibrate and have it up to his nose (that way you know if he pushes into it, he cannot get hurt.

I would not do it in cross ties and do it in an open space with someone holding him. That way everyone will be safer
     
    04-15-2008, 12:28 PM
  #7
Banned
They do make silent clippers?! Sweet

I'm not going to trim them too often, but I do plan on doing shows with Sonny so I do need a good pair of clippers.

I'm not sure if it's particular the sound that's bothering him or the feel of it. I think it might be a little of both.

I will see if one of my friends has the trimmer to try before I buy it...but if not I'll just buy it. Thanks all!!
     
    04-15-2008, 12:33 PM
  #8
Green Broke
No problem! I've also seen there like razor looking things. The sorta look like razors for us (like the things we girls shave are legs with ) I just can't find them online. I know they were at my local tack shop though.
     
    04-15-2008, 03:43 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Another idea is to gradually get him used to the vibration on a lesser degree. If he's fine with the noise the next step would be to put the clippers on the back of your hand and pet him with your hand. Your hand will absorb a lot of the vibration but not all. Then when he's ok with that touch him all over with the end of the clippers. Then move on to actually clipping him.
     
    04-15-2008, 08:06 PM
  #10
Foal
It sounds like he's scared of the vibration and not the sound. Have you tried just pressing it on a part of his body so he can feel what it feels like?
     

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