I know people were talking about twitching not long ago....But that just confused me more! Id always thought it was a fairly painful experience for the horse to make them comply when all else had failed? But some people were talking about it having a relaxing effect on the horse? Is that what its supposed to do?
The reason im asking is because my OTTB has an absolute hatred of the twitch. He had a bad bout of colic a while back and the vet sedated him and then twitched him to put a line into his stomach and he went from being sleepy under sedation to trying to kill her and her assistant. She said that most OTTBs will have been twitched regularly to put electrolytes into them before a race. He's the most placid horse ever but the twitch made him seriously angry to the point that the vet had to give up trying to put the line in.
When I first got him he was very headshy, which then narrowed down to just "noseshy" so Im thinking that was all fear of the twitch.
So, my question is...I need to get his teeth done and Im wondering does anyone know if that can be done without a twitch? Id really like to not have to put him through it again if there's any possible way to avoid it..