Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
What sort of clippers are you using?
I've had plenty of horses that have been afraid of clippers but its always the noise they don't like.
If your horse is OK with the noise then its possible you either have blunt blades and need some new ones, you don't have them adjusted tightly enough or you aren't using enough oil and cleaning them properly as you work. It might also be that the clippers you have aren't up to the job
The spray oil called Kool Lube is ideal for that purpose and I find a drop of Baby oil on the blades helps them run more smoothly
You will find that its worth buying some good small rechargeable clippers to do the head and ears - they are quieter and safer & easier to handle in that area.
I'm not a huge fan of twitching as the horse can learn to associate it with what it sees as an unpleasant experience and they then learn to avoid it by rearing
If you decide to lightly sedate then you need to discuss this with your vet
****Mare Magic is not a sedative. Its supposed to have qualities that help with female hormonal problems but research isn't very conclusive at all. I did try it with one of my mares that is crazily flirty and gets herself kicked as a result but it made no difference to her at all.