The Duct Tape Twitch

There’s been a lot of buzz about the “duct tape twitch” recently … does it work? Horse Nation puts it to the test.

By now, you’ve probably seen the videos, photos and claims circulating the internet about the amazing duct tape twitch: not a true twitch, this method calls for a piece of duct tape to be applied to the horse’s nose for an instant calming effect. The most dramatic (and probably most shared) example is this farrier trying to shoe a nervous horse that doesn’t want to stand, and looks to be close to escalating this situation to dangerous levels … until the tape is applied.

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3 Responses to The Duct Tape Twitch

  1. Gryphon says:

    Going to mention that to the Farrier who does My Horse and the others I take care of… Not that I have Trouble, My Dutch Warmblood comes right up and Puts a Foot on the Stand for Him.
    That, and if there is Dirt or a Stone in His Hoof, He comes up to Me and carefully Steps on My Foot, telling Me it needs Cleaning.

  2. Padawan says:

    I shared with a friend of mine who is an experienced horse farrier and this is what she replied back to me with (copied and from the Facebook messenger conversation we had and pasted here, with her permission:)

    “Yeah it doesn’t work that well… mostly irritates them and the potential for them to get scared and blow up is greater… that’s just my experience. I like a good old fashion real twitch which is an acupressure point. Out of 100 horses I had it work onc and the horse stood cross eyed at it for an hour but he was still tense… everyone else just played with it or blew it off their nose.”

  3. Butch says:

    It only works if this message is written on the tape. “Muloids eat unruly horses”.

Play nice.