Horse Twitches Ames IA

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Pet Medical Center Of Ames
(515) 232-7204
1416 S Duff Av
Ames, IA
All Pets Animal Hospital
(515) 233-1756
107 E 2nd St
Ames, IA
Only Home Grooming
(515) 231-1436
5222 Texas Circle
Ames, IA
Petsitting Plus
(319) 235-9020
Waterloo, IA
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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WildHair Grooming
(712) 470-2659
1933 340th Street
Rock Valley, IA
Full service pet grooming for all dogs, large or small. Member of Iowa State Professional Dog Groomers Assoc. Open Monday-Friday, with Saturday and evening appointments available.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Doggie Dude Ranch
(515) 382-1444
26962 Sand Hill Trail
Ames, IA
Paws Playhouse Ltd
(515) 233-5951
923 N 4th Street
Ames, IA
Ames Pet Hospital PC
(515) 292-8885
1400 Dickinson Ave
Ames, IA
Pampered Pets
(319) 266-4946
Cedar Falls, IA
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The Velvet Paw
(712) 263-5946
1325 Bohnker Hill Road
Denison, IA
The Velvet Paw is a dog grooming salon, services by Darcy groomer/owner who has been in the buisness for over 18 yrs. Here your dog will be given first class service, which also includes nail trimming, and a bath. Darcy grooms all breeds of dogs and cats. Open Manday-Saturday 9-5pm. By appointment only. Feel free to call for further details.
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Safe Twitching

Written by Melissa Cassutt

There are three basic types of restraint that can be effective during an emergency: location restraint, physical restraint and chemical restraint.  Colorado veterinarian Ruth Sorensen discusses different techniques of twitching, a form of physical restraint that can help control your horse as you address an emergency.

In part two, Sorensen explains how to properly apply three different types of hobbles. Our series on emergency restraint techniques concludes with an article on different types of location restraint, chemical restraint, and special techniques to restrain a foal, mule or donkey.
Safe Twitching

There are two areas on a horse that can be effectively and humanely twitched—the neck and the nose. Vulnerable anatomy, such as ears, joints or genitals should never be used for restraint. Besides being illegal in some states, ear twitches can cause permanent damage and may actually provoke aggression in some horses.

There are a few situations in which a twitch should not be used. These include if a horse is:

• Thrashing. To ensure the safety of the horse and the handler, a horse that is thrashing (as is often the case with a bad colic) should not be twitched or restrained with any other technique.

• Hurt in the area to be twitched. This may sound obvious, but it still deserves to be noted. Do not apply a twitch to an injured area, such as a sunburned muzzle or a shoulder suffering from a laceration.

• Acting up. Twitching should be used only in an emergency, and only to restrain a horse long enough to prevent further injury as the situation is being handled. Twitching should never be used as a form of discipline.

Nose twitches can be applied by hand or with a piece of equipment.
To apply a nose twitch by hand, grasp the “meaty” part of the upper lip under the nostrils, and while keeping a firm grip, twist your hand. As you hold this twitch, pulse your hand and gently massage the lip with your fingers.

As for twitching equipment, there are three basic types of nose twitches:

• Humane twitches. These metal clamps hinge at one end to squeeze the upper lip, and fasten at the opposite end with a snap. Though called humane twitches, Sorensen says they can end up causing injury by pinching or slipping loose.

• Rope-end twitches. These twitches are comprised of a long stick with a rope loop at one end. The loop is applied to the upper lip and twisted tight. As with the humane twitch, these can also have a problem with slipping.

• Chain-end twitches. These twitches are the same as a rope-end twitch, but instead of a rope loop, they have a chain loop, which provides more grip.

Whatever type of twitch you use, it’s important to stay active and aware when twitching a horse. If using your hands, “work the twitch” by pulsing your hands and massaging the area; if using a piece of equipment, gently and slowly roll the handle over and back, being careful not to loosen the twitch.

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IA Equine Law


Under Iowa Law, a domesticated animal professional is not liable for damages suffered by, an injury to, or the death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of domesticated animal activities, pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 673.  You are assuming the inherent risks of participating in this domesticated animal activity.