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        09-02-2013, 01:05 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by PaintGirl7    
    I already know about horses remembering bad experiences. Before I had her she was in an abusive home during birth up til age 2 then she was moved to a rescue facility where she was adopted by our family friends. Now she is in my care. I couldn't even touch her ears for awhile and we got over that. I know about desensitizing with the clippers and we are getting on that. This was made about MM, I need opinions on MM.
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    Honestly if you knew about desensitizing with the clippers you would not have twitched her and set your progress back. I would have opted not to have clipped ears versus twitching her.
         
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        09-02-2013, 01:08 PM
      #22
    Foal
    I show I need to have her clipped thank you. I've been working on the clippers for months now. When I told my coach this, she suggested putting a twitch on her. We tried it and it don't work either.
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        09-02-2013, 01:14 PM
      #23
    Trained
    How are you desensitizing her?

    At the risk of more snappy remarks from you, I don't think you are releasing at the proper time if it's taken you months.

    I've had horses go full on psycho from even seeing a pair of turned off clippers and didn't take us more than a couple days.
         
        09-02-2013, 01:25 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Snappy? I just don't like being treated like an idiot everytime I post something.
    I desensitize her by first turning the clippers on a couple feet away from her and then generally getting closer. I rub the clippers, running, on her. Those two steps she doesn't mind. She'll just stand there like a relaxed horse. She doesn't even mind when you turn them on and run them by her face. It's when you start clipping the hair that she actually goes crazy and strikes at you. I buzz them by her ears and that part she just doesn't mind.
    Why, should I be doing this a different way?
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        09-02-2013, 01:32 PM
      #25
    Foal
    My trainer told me that there is a hormone released in the lip also that when you put pressure on it, like a twitch will, it releases natural calming hormones.
    I'm not upset with any of you. I understand you're all trying to offer as good advice as possible. I'm trying to learn also.
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        09-02-2013, 01:53 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by PaintGirl7    
    Snappy? I just don't like being treated like an idiot everytime I post something.
    I desensitize her by first turning the clippers on a couple feet away from her and then generally getting closer. I rub the clippers, running, on her. Those two steps she doesn't mind. She'll just stand there like a relaxed horse. She doesn't even mind when you turn them on and run them by her face. It's when you start clipping the hair that she actually goes crazy and strikes at you. I buzz them by her ears and that part she just doesn't mind.
    Why, should I be doing this a different way?
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    Are your blades sharp? They could be hurting her. How close are you rubbing them while they are running and not having an issue?
         
        09-02-2013, 02:07 PM
      #27
    Foal
    I rub them blade-up, base of the clippers on her neck. I'm talking like super close to her face. I guess the blades could be hurting her... I'm not sure they're new clippers
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        09-02-2013, 02:07 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Agreed. The blades are probably pinching and pulling.

    My mare LOVES being clipped. She closes her little eyes and pushes into the clippers. But, she'll tell me as soon as they get dull because she'll pull back while she's being clipped.

    Just a note - Remember everyone is here to help. No one is treating you like you are stupid. This is a public forum, and you have the option to take offense or not. You asked for help, described a problem, and people are going to be honest with you.
         
        09-02-2013, 02:12 PM
      #29
    Foal
    Thank you. I'll keep that in mind. And since you're all here, I need you to take a look at my teen talk forum and if you'll be so gracious as to offer me advice there too. It's greatly appreciated.
    So what's my next step? Do I just buy new clippers?
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        09-02-2013, 02:29 PM
      #30
    Green Broke
    I use my horse Clippers on my private area to keep trim .lol so I can tell when the blades are not doing their job .you also need to keep them lubercated I use kerosene
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