Horse Twitches Jefferson City MO

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D.O.G. Pet Grooming
(573) 632-0029
907H Leslie Blvd
Jefferson City, MO
DOG pet Grooming .Dependable, Original and Gentle. Our Groomer is Certified by the NDGAA and constantly trying to improve her skills of 21 years. Your pet will receive A beautiful clean groom. From a skilled Groomer. Open Monday- Friday By Appointment only. We are still taking in new clients. And can fit your baby in ASAP.
Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Hemmel Debbie Dog Groomng
(573) 634-2223
2224 Weathered Rock Rd
Jefferson City, MO
Accent Pets
(573) 291-0206
210 E High St
Jefferson City, MO
Woodland Animal Hospital
(573) 636-8322
600 Eastland Dr
Jefferson City, MO
Capital City Animal Hospital
(573) 893-4030
3121 S 10 Mile Dr
Jefferson City, MO
Shed Bath & Beyond Grooming
(573) 632-4364
1911 St Louis Road
Jefferson City, MO
Crago, Jim Dvm
(573) 634-7387
2402 E Mccarty St
Jefferson City, MO
Arin's Barking Beauties
(573) 556-8228
6009 Hound Hollow Ln
Jefferson City, MO
Eastland Animal Hospital Dog Grooming
(573) 635-0251
2402 E Mccarty St
Jefferson City, MO
(573) 634-4279
3535 Mo Blvd Ste 115
Jefferson City, MO

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


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