Horse Twitches Springfield IL

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Green Dawg Groom
(217) 787-5895
1900 Parkview Drive
Springfield, IL
Groomer and owner, Barb Hedden, has owned and groomed a variety of pets over 20 years. If you are looking for a skilled professional in a pet-friendly environment and grooming using the highest quality products and gentle handling for your dog, look no further. Nail clipping and cleaning of anal glands are part of regular pricing. Pick-up and delivery services are also available (extra). Small and medium breeds accepted. Open M-S.
Hand Stripping Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Laketown Animal Hospital
(217) 529-4211
1115 Adlai Stevenson Dr
Springfield, IL
Bubbles Of Fun Pet Grooming
(217) 528-4504
450 North St
Springfield, IL
(217) 585-8913
1532 W Jefferson St
Springfield, IL
(217) 698-3091

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Judees Canine Salon
(217) 629-9507
105 N. 6th Street
Riverton, IL
A family business since 1965. We service all pets. Vet recommended. Member of ISPDGA for over 25 years. Our salon is has modern equiptment and clean, comfortable surroundings. No drugs or restraints are used in our salon. Individual attention is to your pet. Two full time groomers. Hours by appointment are Tues.-Fri, all day. Mon. & Sat. are half days. Our prices are for full service. No hidden charges.
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Vi's Pet Palace
(217) 523-3973
2926 S Walnut St
Springfield, IL

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The Groom Room
(217) 787-1414
1901 Barberry Dr
Springfield, IL
Artistic Canine Grooming
(217) 528-8282
1724 N 20th St
Springfield, IL
KK's Pet Sitting & Dog Walking
(312) 731-2160
Chicago, IL
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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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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