Horse Twitches Topeka KS

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Two Heart's Pet Salon
(785) 582-5264
Two Heart's Pet Salon
Silver Lake, KS
All breeds and sizes welcome. Walk-ins welcome. Appointments preferred. 20 years professional grooming experience. Your pet is welcome to stay all day, but not necessary. We offer free toenail trims, no appt. necessary. Treats, leashes, collars, shampoos and more are also available. Pets are family members; we look forward to meeting you and your furry kids. Please stop in for a visit today.

Pampered Pets Grooming
(785) 357-5297
2609 Sw 17th St
Topeka, KS
Happy Tails Pet Salon
(785) 783-2375
529 Sw Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS
(785) 272-3323
2020 SW Westport Dr

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Christal Canine Creations
(785) 234-6855
516 SE 29th St Ste 104
Topeka, KS

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Ritzy Rascals Pet Resort
(785) 665-7570
2115 E. 149th St
Carbondale, KS
Ritzy Rascals Pet Resort is a home-based grooming and boarding facility. Barbara, the groomer has 14 years experience grooming professionally and we pride ourselves on being one of the very best grooming and boarding establishments in our area.
All Breed Dog Grooming, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

Pets Image Salon
(785) 228-9444
732 Sw Gage Blvd
Topeka, KS
Animal House Grooming
(785) 273-5151
4007 Sw 21st St
Topeka, KS
Canine Classics Dog Grooming
(785) 272-4567
1719 1/2 Sw Gage Blvd
Topeka, KS
A B C Pet Styling
(785) 234-4340
2125 Se California Ave
Topeka, KS
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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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KS Equine Law


Under Kansas law, there is no liability for an injury to or the death of a participant in domestic animal activities resulting from the inherent risks of domestic animal activities, pursuant to sections 1 through 4.  You are assuming the risk of participating in this domestic animal activity.  (Sign posting required.)