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post #11 of 17 Old 04-15-2008, 09:51 PM
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If you just want to trim his whiskers for shows, grab hold of some safety razors. They're razors with combs.
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post #12 of 17 Old 04-16-2008, 01:23 AM
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Do you move them at all when you are standing next to him with them on? I think it is a combination of all three that have him worried: Movement, Vibration(tickles), and sound.

You need to work on being able to move the clippers, while they are on, around him. You can't expect him to be okay with something next to him and then suddenly accept being touched with them.

The fact that he is fine with them on while you are next to him is a good start. But instead of immediately going to trim him, trim the air around him. Move them in the air around him rhythmically. And work up to touching him with them. If you can remove the blade, it would help immensely. That way, you could work on touching him all over with them and not worry about marring his coat. You need to get him used to it moving around him.

It is going to take some hard work and time to get him used to them.

A Pulsar Toothbrush(seven bucks for two at Walmart), is great. It makes a faint buzzing noise, vibrates and tickles something fierce. And you are not going to want to kill you horse if you break it using him, as you might if you broke your 400 dollar set of clippers(give or take ;) )

And do watch out for striking or kicking. Even the nicest horses can sometimes get defensive over a scary object and lash out at it, and hit you without knowing.
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post #13 of 17 Old 04-16-2008, 11:41 AM
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i don't know if this will work for you but yesterday i worked Ginger until she was tired and then i took scissors and trimmed her bridle path and she didn't fuss one bit with me. i don't know if it'll work for you but it might be an option.
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post #14 of 17 Old 04-16-2008, 09:12 PM
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Just like everything else, take them out every time you groom him. Keep taking them out. Do it over and over until he gets so annoyed at seeing them he'll get over the fear of them.

All you might be able to do is carry them with you while off until he gets use to them but slowly expose him more and more to them.He will tell you when he is ready.
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post #15 of 17 Old 04-16-2008, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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I can hold the trimmers away from him and move it up and down and such, but it's the minute I move it towards him is when he starts panicing. I can't touch him with my hand that is holding it

I lunged him around alot, and though I stopped before he got too tired he kept going and going and then maybe after 10 minutes he stopped and came to me.
And I tried it again, but he still wouldn't hold still. I tried both before and after I finished riding him and he still acted the same.

I make sure I am not close to his feet or anything....usually I am kinda infront of him, kinda at the side of him.
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post #16 of 17 Old 04-16-2008, 11:28 PM
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It sounds like the vibration, and it tickles him. Try going to his bridle path, for example, and get him used up there (if he'll let you).
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post #17 of 17 Old 04-17-2008, 12:12 AM
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You have to take baby steps, an inch at a time. Okay he is good three feet away, let's go two. Fine with two, go in for one. Take all you can get for free and don't get into a fight with him. It may take months, but

If you are worried about him striking, and have a heavy Baker Blanket(or other heavy winter blanket) you can use that as protection. Put it over his head, and instead of putting it in place over the back of the horse, turn it around so it hangs down in front of his legs. Then lead him up so that he is stepping on the blanket. That way, if he goes to strike, he is going to hit the blanket, and since he is holding it with his other foot, it should block it.

After several days of attempted desensitization, if that is what you choose to do, and he doesn't get better, you may want to try a calming agent.

Another method we use on all of our youngsters to start, also to keep us out of striking distance, is a clipper stick. It is a set of clippers taped to a long, light pole. Every day on our youngsters, when it is time to start that work, we go in for a few minutes with the clipper stick on, and work our way up to petting them with it. Sometimes it takes only a couple times, sometimes it takes a couple weeks. We go in, with them on(the clippers don't cut), they are loose in thier stall, and we move it in the space around them, and slowly work our way to them. We make these sessions short to begin with, and quit at the slightest "Win".

It may seem hopeless, and frustrating, but just keep going. Leave your emotions out of it and don't get mad. Do a little each day.
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