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(405) 377-5003
219 South Knoblock
Stillwater, OK
I have been grooming for 25 years and take great pride in my work. My love for animals is what got me started grooming and what keeps me going. Your pet will be given tender loving care while here. Open Tuesday-Saturday by appt.

(405) 377-5003
408 West 92nd Street
Perkins, OK
We at Bark-n-Barber strive to make your pets spa day as stress free as possiable. We groom your pet straight though so your pet is out in a timely manner (1 to 2 hours max) or if needed your pet can stay the day and enjoy are play yard while you go to work. Whatever works better for you. We use only soap free spa quality shampos.All pets are hand dryed no cage drying here.We are open Tuesday thru Saturday by appt.

Baker Animal Clinic
(405) 372-4525
2003 N Boomer Rd
Stillwater, OK
Cimarron Animal Clinic
(405) 372-3200
6012 N Washington
Stillwater, OK
Pretty Paws Grooming Salon
(405) 269-4297
619 E Redbud
Stillwater, OK
Caesarea Cattery
(405) 372-2342
5318 Spring Creek Circle W
Stillwater, OK
We offer cat only grooming and specialize in persian and himalyan cats. We are located in Stillwater and serve the surrounding area. We do baths, cut nails and clip cats. We also do blow outs and especially cater to long haired cats. We also board cats and have a very nice facility for them with a outside play area.
Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Cat Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Show Grooming Services

Alice'S Ark
(405) 372-0166
4212 S Western Rd
Stillwater, OK
Pet Care Clinic
(405) 372-0963
1507 Cimarron Plz
Stillwater, OK
(405) 707-0590
2170 N Perkins Rd
Stillwater, OK
Bark 'N Barber Pet Salon
(405) 377-5003
408 W 92nd St
Stillwater, OK

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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