Clipping the Ears
I'm curious about something. For people with horses who's ears hate to clipped, how do you do it? I always see people sedating them, using twitches, twisting the other ear, but isn't there a better way? Does anyone know a way without pain, fear, or drousiness?
You have to get them imune to the sound of the clippers. Rub them on their nose when they are off, and rub them all over their body, and when they tolerate that, do it when they are on, rub them all over the body, on their nose, and up by their ears. Don't do it all at once, take small baby steps
You can get them used to it by first bringing it near their face when it is off, then on their body when it's on, then on near their face, etc.
But honestly, what's wrong with sedating/twitching them? Neither hurt the horse, and both allow you to SAFELY clip them, without fear they will suddenly toss their head and hurt themselves.
^because it is just going around the problem, not fixing it properly. I think that twitching/sedating should only be done when a horse needs a surgical or medical procedure done that they can't be trained to tolerate
Personally, I think people sedate horses too much and it can be dangerous. I think if they are so afraid that they need to be sedated to clip ears, their ears probably shouldn't be clipped until they are worked with.
Twitching I think just furthers the problem. It teaches the horse to dread his ears being clipped even more because something unpleasant will happen.
^very ture. I only see twitching for like, doing meds in the eye, or giving shots, or scoping the horse, and sedating for injecting the hocks, or doing big medical procedures
I would much rather a person train/desensitize their horse than go straight to unnecessarily sedating them.
^try Parelli, it can un-do that damage
Sparkles my horse is the same... I cant get near her with clippers - and trust me I hae tried... Little clippers okay - but the big evil ones no way... spent a year trying to desenstise her too her but to no avail..
I think somethine REALLYbad has happen pre me as the way she behaves is completely out of her nature...
Stormyblues - havent had anything to do with paralli - what sort of activities would you suggest? Note I have NO issues with any other form of handling at all....
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