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Horse Twitches Morganton NC

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Golden View Grooming
(828) 584-4664
103C East Main St.
Glen Alpine, NC
Description
"Offering a friendly, loving, and professional grooming experience for both you and your pet!" Open Mon. through Sat. 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Services
Special Care Appointments , Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

All God's Creatures Grt & Smll
(828) 726-8688
2001 Hickory Blvd Se
Lenoir, NC
Hours
MON.- FRI. 9- 6SAT. 10- 4SUN. 4-6 BOARDING PIC-UP ONLY.

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Kims Grooming Gallery
(828) 328-2148
2907 US Highway 70 Sw
Hickory, NC
 
Petco
(828) 322-4590
2239 US Highway 70 Se
Hickory, NC
 
Mountain View Animal Hospital
(828) 294-9177
3346 S Nc 127 Hwy
Hickory, NC
 
All God's Creatures Great and Small Grooming Salon
(828) 726-8688
2001 Hickory Blvd.
Lenoir, NC
Description
We offer lots of TLC. Grooming includes: bathing, anal glands expression, nail triming, ear plucking and cleaning. We also offer bandannas and flea dipping. Organic products only used. we also have boarding & doggie daycare. Smoke-free. All breeds. 24 yrs. experience including vet tech exp. Vet referred, boarding. Come on in and check out new building right beside Civic Center on 321.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred

All My Friends Pet Shop & Pet Grooming
(828) 328-1332
557 US Highway 70 Sw
Hickory, NC
 
PetSmart
(828) 322-1202
1610 8th Street Cir SE
HICKORY, NC

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PetSmart
(828) 322-1202
1610 8th Street Dr Se
Hickory, NC
 
Hound About Town, LLC
(828) 553-9910
Pisgah Forest, NC
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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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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NC Equine Law

North Carolina

Under North Carolina law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of equine activities.  Chapter 99E of the North Carolina General Statutes.  (Sign posting is required.)