Before clipping a horse’s ears or administering an injection, some equestrians reach for the nose twitch without a second thought. Others, however, find this restraint method controversial and believe it’s harmful to the horse.

To better determine how nose twitching influences horses, Ahmed Ali, BVSc, MS, of Michigan State University’s (MSU) Department of Animal Sciences as well as Cairo University’s Animal Management and Behaviour Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, in Egypt, compared horses’ behaviors and heart rate with and without twitch application. Camie Heleski, PhD, animal behavior and welfare instructor at MSU, presented the results on his be

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