Horse Twitches Shrewsbury MA

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Bren-Lin Farm Pet Services
(978) 430-9236
Still River, MA
Pet Massage, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Critter Sitters
(508) 883-3360
Millville, MA
House Sitting, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Behavior Modification, Pooper Scooper Service, Grooming, Overnight Pet Boarding, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Daily Dog Walks
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A Diamond in the Ruff
(508) 393-RUFF
326 Main Street (RT 20 East)
Northborough, MA
Our full service salon takes pride in giving your pet the best care available, treating your pet as if he/she was our own. We offer only the best shampoos and conditioners for every coat care need. Our number one concern is your pet's well being. Our Pet Stylists are certified by professional grooming schools and will do their best to satisfy your every need. Our facility includes doggie day care as well.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred

Waggin' Tails Dog Salon
(774) 276-9307
37 Linda Avenue
Millbury, MA
Our dog groomer and owner, Morgan Lee, is a committed pet lover who endeavors to provide a friendly and enjoyable environment catering to all of your dog grooming needs.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Rachel's Pooch Palace
(508) 886-6660
17 Ware Road
Rutland, MA
Where pets are treated like Royalty! Professional Groomer and Owner, Rachel Dolan is a graduate of The Massachusetts School Of Pet Grooming and specializes in the individual needs of your pooch. Her goal is to provide professional and personal service to ensure a positive grooming experience for your precious pet. Services are offered by appointment only.

Kitty Care & More
(978) 772-6537
Harvard, MA
Pet Massage, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Behavior Modification, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming
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Bark, Bath 'n Beyond
(508) 341-8387
35 West Street
Douglas, MA

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(508) 329-4770
9 Grove St
Westborough, MA
At Petsborough pets are with family. Full service dog and cat grooming salon by certified groomers. 5 star location.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services

Paradise Pet Spa Inc
(978) 422-0200
29 Legate Hill Rd
Sterling, MA
Lisa and Jamie have 18 yrs combined experience. We groom all breeds and all sizes of dogs. We gently hand dry all our dogs. Our goal is for your dog to have a positve and enjoyable grooming. We specialize in older dogs with anxiety and dogs with skin problems.
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, Show Grooming Services

Precious Furs Pet Resort, LLC.
(508) 987-2927
13 Lovett Road
Oxford, MA
Full service grooming of all breeds of dogs and cats by a National Certified Master Groomer.
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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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MA Equine Law


Under Massachusetts law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to, or death of, a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to section 2D of chapter 128 of the General Laws.  (Sign posting required.)