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post #1 of 4 Old 11-04-2007, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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I need some help!
I was looking at a some horses for sale over the web (I wouldnt usually buy a horse over the web but I was bored!)
I came across this really nice horse. I was reading the description and it said (quoting!)"Well mannered & good to do except clipping belly (I twitch him)"
What does the owner mean by twitching. I have heard of it before. Isnt it some thing to do with pinching the horses upper lip? I thought this was a cruel method?!?!?!? Please explain what it is!
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-04-2007, 06:03 PM
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Yea, twitching is where you basically pinch the upper lip in a certain spot. It isn't really a cruel method, but I really think it can be avoided with proper preperation. The twitching gives out endorphins and it doesn't really hurt the horse. I know some people who twitch the horse to clip them, and I think that is totally unnecessary. If the owner would just take the time it takes to get the horse confident around the clippers you wouldn't have to twitch them. It's just laziness in my opinion.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-04-2007, 07:13 PM
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I always think of twitching as a last resort sort of thing. If done properly it should release endorphins to kill pain. done improperly it just causes pain. It is usually done when a painful procedure needs to be done, its used as a restraint and a distraction. There are several different types of twitches the most common is a plyers type. I think Spirithorse is right in saying with the proper training and patience clipping without twitching can be accomplished.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-05-2007, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thank you!

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