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post #1 of 63 Old 04-20-2012, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on twitches?

I'm personally not so fond of them due to the improper use of them on my horse.

What are your thoughts??
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post #2 of 63 Old 04-20-2012, 04:25 PM
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Rather narrow view, considering your opinion is based on only ONE horse.

Twitches, like any tool, can be used properly or abusively. Doesn't make the tool bad if it's used improperly, just the operator.

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post #3 of 63 Old 04-20-2012, 04:28 PM
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I'm personally not so fond of them due to the improper use of them on my horse.

What are your thoughts??
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In your own words, they were "improperly used" on your horse - it seems somewhat skewed to discount them completely based on misuse --- would be like saying you are not fond of cars because someone drove one illegally (let's say speeding) and caused an accident that injured you.
I have no issue whatsoever with the proper use of twitches.
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Twitches definitely have their uses. I find them to be a very useful tool to have if used properly for the proper reasons. I had a little filly with ticks in her ear from eating in a overgrown pasture and I couldnt get them out for nothing because of the pain they were causing in her ear. She couldnt stand for me to touch them. We used a twitch safely removed all the ticks and doctored her ears up and within 1 week I could touch her ears all over. Without the twitch I couldnt have done that.
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Rather narrow view, considering your opinion is based on only ONE horse.

Twitches, like any tool, can be used properly or abusively. Doesn't make the tool bad if it's used improperly, just the operator.

I am in agreement with Speedy....I have had to use a twitch on my Percheron mare when she caught her ear on a piece of metal and ripped the inside badly. If you think trying to doctor a 17.2H mare on the ground with her head up in the air and her NO face on, you take further actions.

That being said, if other means of persuasion can be met with my equine companions then we do that, but it is a good tool, when used properly, to get things done.
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I don't like it when people use twitches incorrectly. Dealing with the aftermath of that is not fun.. My pony is/was a mess about her mouth and ears being handled because of people not knowing the proper use of a twitch. Proper use I have no issues with and they can be very helpful when properly applied and used.
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I'd rather my vet used a twitch and tranquilize if possible. My good trail horse would stand very well as long as I was at his head. If he started to move I'd simply Shhh and he'd relax, even while the vet was digging a small piece of wood that had become imbedded just above the coronet band.
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post #8 of 63 Old 04-20-2012, 04:56 PM
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Two thumbs up. I'd rather twitch than tranq.

There is a small percentage of horses who CANNOT be twitched. Their endorphine system is wired 'backwards'. Instead of relaxing, the twitch serves to heighten the sensitivity.

A good vet or experienced handler can pick up on it very quickly.
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I don't mind them when used properly, what I don't like seeing are the chains under the lip being yanked on, that's a very sensitive area for a horse and shouldnt be getting yanked on but slightly moved if they need to be relaxed more. (im not against the chain either) I think some people shouldnt be using them
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post #10 of 63 Old 04-20-2012, 05:03 PM
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There is a small percentage of horses who CANNOT be twitched. Their endorphine system is wired 'backwards'. Instead of relaxing, the twitch serves to heighten the sensitivity.
My Casper is like that. Twitching only makes him MORE hyper.

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