Originally Posted by AlexS
I do find it hilarious when things that have been around for years are given new more acceptable names.
Lol I was thinking the exact same thing! I was going "persuader? What the heck is that?!"
Your horse, since I presume she is young, is probably not going to naturally like clippers... I have yet to meet a horse that didn't flinch or move around the first time clippers were used. I would stay away from the twitch and just be patient in getting her used to clippers. If she associates something negative like a twitch with clipping, you can bet she won't want to be clipped in the future and it will only get harder as she gets bigger and older.
What I would do is take it slow. Turn them on and hold them, and maybe do something pleasant like brushing or petting. Get her used to the idea that clippers do not = death, but rather that good things happen when clippers are around. I am not a trainer, but that is what I did with my mare when first trimming her bridle path. It took 3 or 4 separate occasions of just holding them and moving them around her head and ears for her to realize that they weren't going to eat her alive. I also kept the sessions very short. I would turn them on for maybe 5 - 10 minutes while brushing her and then turn them off once she had stood still for a minute or two, making sure to end on the good note. As I said before, I'm not a trainer so maybe I did it the slow way or incorrectly, but for me, taking it slow and having endless patience was what worked. I myself am a very impatient person, so I know how hard it can be, but I always ask myself "what is the rush?" and then I kind of realize, there isn't one and forcing things aren't going make anything better.
Good luck with the evil clippers of doom!