Horse Twitches Myrtle Beach SC

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Spoof & Poofs Dog Grooming Salon
(843) 903-3738
121 E. Gateway Ave.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Every dog is beautiful inside and out. That is why we like to make them look and feel pretty or handsome! We do scissor finishing, toothbrushing, color services, walk in nail trims,Doggy Daycare and more! Our hours are: Mon-Thurs 9-5 Fri 9-7 Sat 9-5
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Pet Pizazz Salon & Spa
(843) 248-7330
1706 Mill Pond Road
Conway, SC
Pet Pizazz is a one stop shop for that precious doggie in your life. We have products for every breed including small and large canine breeds. Pet Pizazz is the only 5 star grooming shop in the Conway and Myrtle Beach, SC area. The certified bathers and groomers will make sure you are happy with the care you pet receives.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Pet Pickup and Delivery

(843) 626-2164

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All Tails Wag
(843) 236-8143
115 Prather Park Dr # B
Myrtle Beach, SC

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Pawley Paws Grooming
(843) 237-1700
8171 Ocean Hwy
Pawleys Island, SC

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Comfort Dog Salon
(843) 903-4554
3885 Renee Dr. Ste. 104
Myrtle Beach, SC
25+ years experience. Located to Myrtle Beach, SC in 2003. Home based until March,3 2008. Opened up my grooming shop named Comfort Dog Salon. Located off Hwy 501, turn on Carolina Forest Blvd, Turn on Postal Way, 1st left on Renee Dr. 2nd driveway on right. 3885 Renee Dr. Ste 104. Right next door to Fitness Edge. Hours are Mon-Sat 9-5 by appointment.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Muddy Puppys
(815) 901-2502
9348 Hwy 90 Unit F
Longs, SC
We are a full service, earth friendly dog grooming salon. Also a Pet Boutique, and Doggie bakery. We put your pets needs first and only provide natural and organic products.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Balloon Creations
(843) 238-4300
1252 Surfside Industrial Park
Surfside Beach, SC

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Jean's Pet Boutique
(843) 357-1112
4905 Hwy 17
Murrells Inlet, SC

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Tender Loving Critter-Care
(864) 223-7628
Greenwood, SC
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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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SC Equine Law

South Carolina

Under South Carolina law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in an equine activity resulting from an inherent risk of equine activity, pursuant to Article 7, Chapter 9 of Title 47, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976.  (Sign posting is required.)