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post #1 of 35 Old 03-07-2015, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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New way to twitch a horse

Now, I haven't tried it, but a fellow who's always had to twitch his horse to deworm it no longer has to. He uses duct tape, about a 10" instrip and sticks it between the nostrils with the lower end flapping. The horse can't quite reach it with either lip or tongue but it keeps it preoccupied.



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Duct tape? The holds a car together at 50mph tape?

Bad idea. pulling it off hurts. Say good bye to all whiskers and hair in that area. If you've ever had some stuck to you, you'd know what I mean.
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Duct tape? The holds a car together at 50mph tape?

Bad idea. pulling it off hurts. Say good bye to all whiskers and hair in that area. If you've ever had some stuck to you, you'd know what I mean.
Really? I've used duct tape (the real kind) to hold paper towel or tissues, etc as temporary bandages while working. They did no damage, and it wasn't painful, when I took them off.

But if that is a concern for some, use the "Duck tape" kind that comes in silly patterns and does not hold as well.
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Really? I've used duct tape (the real kind) to hold paper towel or tissues, etc as temporary bandages while working. They did no damage, and it wasn't painful, when I took them off.

But if that is a concern for some, use the "Duck tape" kind that comes in silly patterns and does not hold as well.
Maybe we have some freakishly strong duct tape here, but we use it here to cover music cases to make them waterproof, and a single layer can last 4 years or more, and to mark dots on pavement, which can last over 2 years. What sticks out to me is that the entire strip, except for the dangling bit, would be in full contact with the horse's face. for bandages, less than half touches the skin (at least the way I do it).

I might be wrong (and might test it tomorrow) but it seems to me that this would be like taking a 10" strip, smoothing it down, then pulling it off. I suppose it wouldn't be any worse than a normal twitch, but if it pulls out the whiskers...Or those little hairs a horse gets on the upper lip.

Or, maybe I'm thinking of more tape being in contact than really is? cause I'm thinking at least a 4" strip on the nose.
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it doesn't make the horse throw his head up while he tries to get his lips around it? I'd like to see a picture of this.
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It is much easier to just mix the dewormer in the feed- that is how I give it every time. A little bit of applesauce mixed in and they'll gobble anything down!
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Maybe we have some freakishly strong duct tape here, but we use it here to cover music cases to make them waterproof, and a single layer can last 4 years or more, and to mark dots on pavement, which can last over 2 years. What sticks out to me is that the entire strip, except for the dangling bit, would be in full contact with the horse's face. for bandages, less than half touches the skin (at least the way I do it).

I might be wrong (and might test it tomorrow) but it seems to me that this would be like taking a 10" strip, smoothing it down, then pulling it off. I suppose it wouldn't be any worse than a normal twitch, but if it pulls out the whiskers...Or those little hairs a horse gets on the upper lip.

Or, maybe I'm thinking of more tape being in contact than really is? cause I'm thinking at least a 4" strip on the nose.
Now I'm curious, too. I have used duct tape to hold boots together and they were waterproof. Hmmmm.

Either way, I don't think this is a bad trick to have in case a situation comes up. I've had horses turn their noses up at meds put in applesauce, mashed banana, etc. I could see one of mine that I had to doctor for an eye injury being fascinated with tape (lightly!) stuck on his nose/muzzle. I got it done and he was a gentleman, but he would have liked this!
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sounds like you could use painter's blue tape and get the same results except that the blue tape would come right off.
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There's a video on facebook about it but I can't find it at the moment. The horse didn't toss his head that much, just mostly wiggled his lip around trying to get at the tape.
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It is much easier to just mix the dewormer in the feed- that is how I give it every time. A little bit of applesauce mixed in and they'll gobble anything down!

that wormer, the paste stuff, has a strong taste. you'd have to dilute it in a barrel full of applesause for my lease horse to not know it's there and turn up his nose. and if they do, you've wasted the wormer, since you have no choice but to throw it away.
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