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Shock Collar For Horses

Discussion in 'Horse Training' started by avasmom, May 9, 2007.

  1. cd_horton

    cd_horton Senior Member+

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    They are similar to a dog collar, I have used a really good dog collar (it has many settings) for cribbing with good result, start on the lowest stimuation and move up as needed, I have found a level 2 out of 10 will get the job done, the horses I have used it on, dont have much reaction other than lifting their head up or shaking it a bit after it hits them, no setting back or running like you may expect. I have found if used early and consistantly you will greatly remove the desire to crib.
     
  2. StarfireArizona

    StarfireArizona Senior Member+

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    My 6 year old OTTB gelding needs some toning down of his aggression towards other horses, and I have been considering trying one for this vice. We have a 26 year old QH that has become his "punching bag", and needs some relief from being lunged after with teeth bared. I would think it would work well for this since it would only probably be necessary for a short time......
     
  3. Acme Acres

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    Well... I've used one for two different horses and they do work very well. I actually used a dog one instead (much less expensive and just as effective). We had a stallion who'd charge the stall when any horse was walked by him. Put it on... Buddy got walked by Austin, Austin went after Buddy, I shocked Austin, Buddy kept going, Austin never did it again.

    Then I used it on Hustler too for a similar reason. It does work and can get them to quit agressive problems quite quickly :)
     
  4. wyldterv

    wyldterv Senior Member+

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    Just as an FYI, the dog collars are IDENTICALLY the same product as the horse e-collars:) , but horse units are put on a collar large enough to fit around their neck.

    I have used E-collars for over 30 yrs now, they have come along way in how well they work and how refined of a correction you can give.

    E-collars are NOT a 'cure all' for every training problem that crops up, as is NOTHING, but they ARE a fantastic tool under the correct circumstances.

    #1, for a horse that cribs... FIRST address boredom, dietary, socialization issues, and potential ucler issues. After all fo those issues have been addresssed adn you still have a chronic cribber, e-collars can GREATLY reduce the behavior because you can stand back and send a correction from a good distance.

    BTW, while horses START cribbing as we way to relieve pain or boredom in the begining, if it's been allowed to go on for more then a few months, they generally KEEP cribbing long after the original problem that caused the cribbing because they've become addicted to the endorphine rush they get from cribbing. I know in the UK they've experimened with the use of Opiate Blocking drugs (because the effect of cribbing is to release an endorphine that is about as powerful and similar as to what is released by the body when on on Opiate high) and the opiate blockers seem to stop the cribbing. There have been no such studies in the US, nor any approved use of such drugs currently in the US.

    Another great use for an e-collar with a horse, is as stated earlier, a horse that is being extremely territorial either in a stall, a run, field etc. Again, the human can be at a distance and deliver the negative impulse and the horse just associates that the shock was happening due to the behavior of aggression.

    BTW, the shock an e-collar delivers is VERY mild compared to the shock of an electric fence, so if you are willing to use an electric fence for your horses safety, you should not feel an e-collar is a cruel tool.

    A rope halter can cause extreme poll injury to a horse when used improperly, can adn will cut into their skin and causes pain on the horses sensitive facial pressure points which is why they are so highly effective, yet I NEVER see a post about how cruel a rope halter is.:rolleyes:

    The point being, ANY tool can be painful for the horse if put in the wrong hands and not used correctly.
     
  5. Blistering Winds

    Blistering Winds Senior Member+

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    And if you don't believe the shocking issue....

    go shock yourself with both.

    I know I've been shocked with both. (husband with silly sense of humor...i'm trying to put it on dog, he pushes button)



    Give me the E-collar ANY DAY! OMG, those electric fences get your muscles jumping!!! (still doesn't hurt, just suprises you and scares you more than anything...)
     
  6. _Tink_

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    i dont like it. i think too many people will abuse it.
     
  7. Blistering Winds

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    No different than any other tool.

    Too many people already abuse them....
     
  8. StarfireArizona

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    When you say dog one, I am assuming one that quells barking. Are all dog collars the same intensity ? What name brand did you use ?

    It sure would be nice to go $50 instead of $350......I'd rather put it into tack :)
     
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    I know some riders I would like to put a shock collar on...
     
  10. Blistering Winds

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    E-collars that "quell" barking are usually the "spritz" ones.

    They literally "Spray" the dog.


    E-collars that they are talking here actually give the muscle an electronic pulse that triggers muscle contraction more than anything.

    Scares them in all reality. And I know in dog collars, there are ones that can be adjusted to the different "deserving" of the shock.

    And mine, has a warning beep I can use, then shock.

    And if I hold the button down, it "pauses" and eventually quits all together as a "nit wit" safety feature.
     

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