So my yearling is having clipper problems that I can't seem to work through.
She is very soft to the halter when flexing. I can rub her ears, rub her nose, rub her face all over. She is not afraid of the buzzing clippers. I can rub her with the buzzing clippers all over her head and she has no problem with this. I have been using the approach and retreat method. So I approach with the clippers, rub her, and retreat when she stands still.
However, the problem comes when I go in to cut the hair. As soon as it buzzes a single hair on her nose, she slings her head. I will go back to the approach and retreat, just rubbing her. She's fine. I clip a hair, and she slings her head and starts walking circles around me. Now she gets worked up and when I go back to trying to rub her with the clippers, she's spinning circles around me.
I get really frustrated. Every time I try we always end up the same way (I have been doing this for months, hoping not to have the "last minute" problems). I do the approach and retreat, she's fine with me rubbing until I have to clip a hair. I even bought brand new clippers freshly oiled and she still slings her head fiercely. She must be clipped because she is a show pony, otherwise I wouldn't care.
She is great about the approach and retreat method with everything else, even when bathing she is very accepting to stand still. I can throw ropes over her head the same way.
I need a new technique. I do not want to twitch her if I don't have to, I have tried before and it made things worse. I was wondering on what your opinion is on using a little demorsedan gel in order to show her that I am not trying to kill her... Has that worked for anyone? I have run out of ideas. :/