Originally Posted by 1dog3cats17rodents
Lip twitching should not replace training. If your horse is being twitched for everything, you have a problem. But, using it for a young/green horse to give the farrier or vet an easier time for a long visit or for clipping around the face is fine. Some people say you should use the farrier visit as an oppurtunity to train, but how fair is that to him? If your horse can't stand, work on that when he's not in danger of getting stepped on or kicked
I wholeheartedly agree. I've never heard of ear twitching, but I have no problem whatsoever with lip twitching. My horse came to me with almost no experience of having his feet handled. He never kicks or is outright dangerous, but acts confused or impatient. My farrier also dealt with the same gelding for other owners, and they apparently saw the farrier visit as a training opportunity (apparently farrier = trainer. Farrier commented to me on what a world of difference having someone do a decent job of holding the horse made). He's only had a trim/shoe once with me, and to do the hinds I had to grab on to his lip and hold to keep him still (I don't own a twitch, never needed one before, lol), but it worked like a charm. I do pick his hooves daily and go through the motions of banging on his shoes and holding his feet up, and he does better every time. I hope that by the next farrier visit I won't need to "twitch" him.