Originally Posted by Nokotaheaven
To be exact, it puts a little pressure/pain on the lip (which is as sensitive as our own) to temporarily make the horse focus on that instead of what's going on. I know a gaited horse that was twitched in the past.... She's naturally a scared horse, but because of it she was EXTREMELY headshy (still is really headshy after having more than a year in natural horsemanship training), and she is terrified of everything. It takes a minimum 50ish mins for her to get over one fear. No horse that was twitched came out with happy memories
Done correctly it is not traumatic, done in temper and haste as a punishment rather than patiently and quietly as a safety measure to get something done makes the difference.
I have seen many people storming off to get the twitch, in the "I'll show you" mind set, they have already traumatized the horse, and then by approaching in temper just make things worse.
I have seen people gently and calmly applying the twitch to a horse that has not been ramped up to full 'fury' and I have seen it work like it is supposed to.
No horse that was twitched came out with happy memories
is not quite true, some do some don't it is as ever all in the handling and the approach.