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Reply To: Teaching a horse to clip?

naturalpasture
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This method is called “approach and retreat” and it works really well!

Before you start, make sure she is relaxed.
While stroking her neck and telling her what a good girl she is, take the clippers as close to her ears as she will tolerate without moving and hold them there for a few seconds. (Note: take the clippers away before she gets nervous.) Take the clippers away, let her think about it for a minute or two, and praise her. Then do it again this time going a little closer and keeping the clippers there a little longer. Then take them away again. Repeat this increasing the time that they are near her ears a little bit each time as she can handle.
I hope I explained this well, if not let me know and I will try to explain it better! 

Don’t expect to get anything clipped the first lesson, but if she accepts it and is relaxed go ahead and clip a little! Keep each clipping lesson short, sweet, and to the point
. Don’t frustrate her or push her beyond what she can take. If she moves or gets scared, go back to what she was comfortable with and work up to it again.

The fact that you are willing to take the time to train her with the clippers will make all the difference!

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