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The Pet Fair LLC
(573) 445-7783
1706 I-70 Dr. S.W.
Columbia, MO
Pet Fair is a full service salon and boarding facility. We are committed to providing your pet with the best care. Please feel free to call or stop by to visit. Open Monday-Saturday.

Four Paws Grooming Inc
(573) 449-1459
705 \- C Big Bear Blvd
Columbia, MO
All Creatures Animal Hospital
(573) 875-0907
1300 Business Loop 70 W
Columbia, MO
Jan'S Grooming
(573) 442-5017
1440 W Obermiller Rd
Columbia, MO
About Paws Quality Cat & Dog Grooming
(573) 268-0678
1605 Chapel Hill Rd Ste F
Columbia, MO
The Hair Wrangler
(573) 289-1493
16650 N. Bentwood Ln.
Centralia, MO
I am Kim Sorensen, I attended a pet grooming school in Saint Louis, Missouri and am currently grooming all types and sizes of dogs. I will be offering cat grooming in the summer time only. I am open on Mon. and Wed. from 2-5 and Tues. and Thurs. 8-5.
Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred

Columbia Mobile Grooming
(573) 474-4191
5775 E Orear Rd
Columbia, MO
Four Paws Grooming Inc
(573) 449-1459
705 Big Bear Blvd Ste C
Columbia, MO

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Puppy Suds Grooming
(573) 874-6144
8501 N Wade School Rd
Columbia, MO
Noah'S Ark Animal Hospital & Bird Clinic
(573) 445-1388
1003 N Fairview Rd
Columbia, MO
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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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MO Equine Law


Under Missouri law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities pursuant to the Revised Statutes of Missouri.  (Sign posting required.)