Have I ever used a twitch on a horse??? Yes I have.... Do I do it all of the time??? No I don't.
I have a question to those who say that a horse that requires a twitch just isnt trained well. How do you train a horse to stand and tolerate situations when they are in pain and plain old scared??? It isnt like you can simulate a situation while training... when a horse is hurting they don't always understand what you or someone else is trying to do.
My horse Chloe is a very calm and gentle. She will put up with nearly anything (when I say anything I used to dye her tail, my brother would use her as a "prop" while playing the basketball game "horse"...the list can go on and on)... anyways a few years back she was in an incident where her back leg got cut up pretty decent. To clean it I didnt have access to seditives like the vets do and it really hurt her to have bandages removed and her wounds cleaned. Since I was the one that had to do it and rarely had help I twitched her when she once almost kicked me. She didnt kick out of hate but more of a "ouch that really hurt". So for the safety of me (and also her) a twitch was used. She never reared, flipped her self over, or freaked out when I went to twitch her- so I must have has some turst when I was working in our training together. While twitched she just would usually fall asleep. I don't see it any different then when I go to the dentist and have a panic attack when work is being done and they have to gas me (yes I get into a full panic and the dentist)... If twitching is done properly it should not hurt the horse or wound them... its all in the use.
So for future use how do I train my horse to accept just standing when they are hurt or need a procedure done that is not a normal thing covered in "training".
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