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Jojoey

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Jojoey says:

Clipping difficult horses!!!!

Hello everyone, do any of you have any ideas to help me get a mini shetland to learn to like the clippers!!!!! You might think oh, he is a mini shettie but believe me, its like fighting with a shire!!!! We have 2 of these and one is good as gold when he gets clipped but the other is like he is trying to do ballet around the yard!!! He will stand up straight on his back legs, leap in the air, paw at the ground, swing his back end to you and kick if you were close enough, just to get close to him to clip!!! I think this little man is a little bit attached to his fur lol!!!

 

So was wondering what suggestions people could come up with to help get him used to it, I have tried switching it on by him and not even touching him where he will tense up straight away trying to get away and I haven't actually touched him!!!! Someone suggested to me to leave them on by him and when he stops fidgeting, turn them off, keep doing this and eventually he will cotton on to the idea if he stands still, they stop! How did you guys manage with your horses if they were difficult with the clippers!!!! Any suggestions welcome!!!

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Jojoey

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Jojoey says:

Re: Clipping difficult horses!!!!

I'm not sure what clippers they were, my friend is the one that has the clippers, she does have 2 sets, one is loud and the other really quiet but the quiet ones were away for repair. I think they might be Wahl. The ones I just switched on by him without touching him were a cordless set and really quiet in comparison to the set my friend had. We did try using calming powder that was suggested by the saddlery shop we went to but it had no effect on him whatsoever! The next time I think I will have to see what the vet can give me to sedate him, we managed to get the body off him but he has the legs and half of his head to do next time! The clip looks good but would be a lot easier if he didn't battle his way through it! When we had this little man last year, he had come from somewhere where he was on his own, had a stable in the paddock and come and go as he pleased so as you can imagine, a little man with a big attitude! He would drag an adult down the road if he didnt want to go! He is alot better now, I have him jogging by the side of me and always comes to me in the field instead of running away like in the beginning! Just got to get past the haircut thing!!!

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Clipping difficult horses!!!!

Now a radical idea which worked on Tonka my Gypsy Cob and was told to me by the YO daughter who ran the yard I bought him from, and it actually worked too well as he went to sleep while clipping as I found out, the way you clipped Tonka was not to tie him up in the stable because if you did he would have to be twitched or sedated, he just stood there relaxed actually started to snore.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: Clipping difficult horses!!!!

 do some ground work with him, establish some rules about whats ok and whats not then have another go.  My mini starts acting up I do ground work with him just like i would with a full sized horse.  

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Clipping difficult horses!!!!

It does not matter what the size of horse the problem the same, I use a pair of wolsey clippers with a RCD attachment, getting the horse used to the noise also chill out yourself don't make a big thing of it as your anxiety will transmit through to your horse.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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AengusOg

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AengusOg says:

Re: Clipping difficult horses!!!!

I imagine if you were terrified of something, and found you couldn't get away from it, you might well fight a bit as well.

I have worked with quite a few horses which were afraid to be clipped, and all of them responded well to being worked in a school on a long rope whilst being desensitised to the sound and, after a short while, the feel of the clippers. All of these horses will now stand to be clipped.

It's essentially 'advance and retreat' training...giving the horse enough freedom to feel safe from the frightening stimulus until it gains enough confidence to cope with it.

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: Clipping difficult horses!!!!

Coco used to be petrified of the clippers, even turned off would have him hiding behind me a quivering wreck. I bought a set of clippers and it took me 2 weeks to completely dessensitse him doing 5 - 10 mins every day the 1st week and 5 - 10 mins every other day the second week.

Day 1 - I started off with them turned off and I held them in front of me and lead Coco around the yard (we have a big yard!) following me and the clippers. kelly Marks gave me the idea when she said predators follow horses, horses dont follow predators so by getting the horse to follow the scary thing it kind of switches their way of thinking. As he relaxed he became interested in them and had a bit of a sniff and got loads of praise and a treat! (He's very food motivated)

 

Day 2 - we followed the clippers again which he was cool with, he had a sniff and then I was able to start touching him with them (still turned off) not rubbing all over just the odd touch on various points and after 5 minutes he was relatively happy for me to rub them all over his body and became more and more relaxed.

 

Day 3 - we rubbed them on him all over and started putting them over legs and closer to his head ntil he was cool with that. By the end of day 3 he was happy with them going all over his body, legs etc.

Day 4 - rubbed them all over him and he was fine, then stepped about 2 meters away and turned them on, I was in between him and the clippers. As he relaxed I took a step closer bit by bit until I could stand next to him with the clippers on (me still in between). I scratched him and took no notice of the clippers buzzing away in my hand and as he relaxed I turned them off and went back to what he was ok with and rubbed them over him turned off.

 

Day 5 - rubbed them over him turned off, turned them on away from him, got next to him and put the clipper in the hand closest to him whilst stroking him with the other hand and moved the clippers around parts of his body without toughing him with them. When he relaxed, turned them off and rubbed them all over him again.

 

Day 6 - turned them on and moved them around his body without touching him, when he was cool with them around him turned on and stroking him with my other hand, I occasionally let the handle of  the clippers touch him for the odd second so he could feel the odd vibration and slowly increased the amount of time they were in contact with him. 

 

Day 7 - increased the amount of time the handle of the clippers were agaist him until I could rub him all over with them turned on and he was relaxed with this. 

 

Each day I would end on something he was happy with and used to and just took it as slowly as he needed me to. To be honest once he started getting used to them it happened very quickly and I could increase his exposure to them more and more each day. The second week was just reinforcing what he had learned and every other day just turned them on and rubbed them all over him for a few mins.

 

The 1st actual clip I did in stages as well so as not to overdo it and did his neck on day one, body on day 2 and bottom on day 3. Now he has learned to love the clippers and goes to sleep, think he quite likes the massage!    

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Jojoey

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Jojoey says:

Re: Clipping difficult horses!!!!

Thank you all for the suggestions, he is due to have another haircut soon so will start with the suggestions mention by you all! Will keep you posted! Hope it works!

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