Clipped the head/ears on a horse who is too good to torture but won't cooperate
I'm at a bit of a loss with my big horse. He's a good boy, the very best. I general, I try to avoid doing anything too torturous to him. He puts up with so much and is generally so tolerant, if there are a few things he just doesn't want to deal with, I generally let him.
He used to be FINE to clip ears/head. You could do it, no problem without someone even holding him. Over the years, he's gotten worse and worse. I've never cut him. He's never had a bad experience with it as far as I can tell. Same clippers and they're quiet. The only difference is that I do it more than I used to (up to maybe 1x/month whereas before I did it maybe 3-4 times a year). I've tried stuffing the ears. I've tried smaller clippers. He's now gotten so bad that he has to be twitched and have someone almost physically hold him still. Last time I went to clip his ears, he was sedated with Dermosedan (vet was out doing something else to him). Even with the dorm AND the vet holding him with the twitch he still tossed me around like a ragdoll.
Monday I body clipped him. All but his head and the hind legpits where he's really tickly. I think if I get someone to hold his leg up, I'll be able to do the legpits. But what am I going to do about his head? I can't get anywhear NEAR it with the clippers. Even if I only clipped the bottom part, I still can't get him to stand still. What can I do that's MORE than sedative and a twitch? Any clever ideas?!
It kills me because I hate torturing him. And he never used to mind! If he'd just stand, it'd be over so quickly. And he stands like a rock for everything else, even his butt cheeks, legs, belly- all sorts of areas. I can't leave him clipped halfway up his neck and looking scraggly. :(