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post #1 of 5 Old 05-01-2012, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Clipping help?

First I am new to the forum. This is my fist question. I have a 4yr old TB mare that has the LONGEST whiskers ever. She was fine with my clipping her face and now all of a sudden she wont let me. She doesnt rear or anything but she is 16hh so I can't exactly reach. Any suggestions besides twitching her? Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-01-2012, 08:58 PM
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Have you possibly clipped her with slightly blunt clippers? If so, you may have pulled one of her whiskers and caused some pain, so now she associates this with the clippers.
Is there a great need to use clippers for her whiskers? Do you show her?
I prefer not to clip my horse's whiskers, and if I have a big comp coming up, I'll just use blunt ended scissors to shorten and neaten them up a little.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-02-2012, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Yes she is a show horse. I do lots of halter classes and showmanship so she has to be tidy. I make sure my clippers are sharpened properly so I don't think they have pulled one out?
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Hmmm possibly try giving her a very light sedative and see if that will take the edge off her, sometimes all you need is to sedate lightly once, and the next time they remember that clipping is really not so bad.

Is she ok with clippers on her body?
Maybe try running the clippers against her neck then move up to her face, without actually clipping, so she's getting the noise and the vibration but no pulling of hair?

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-02-2012, 07:56 PM
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Trim her up with scissors, then take a disposable razor and give her a shave, works better than clippers.
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