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    03-18-2010, 06:54 PM
  #1
Weanling
Cool Help Clipping Ears!

My girl doesnt give a care in the world when i'm clipping her face in fact she falls asleep, but as soon as I go and attempt to clip her ears she starts to shake her head, and it's imppossible to clip, and I do not like twitches so i'm not using the twitch! Any suggestions to make her accept the clippers on her ears? Thanks!
     
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    03-18-2010, 07:01 PM
  #2
Trained
Do you have to clip them? I never understood it. I show, but I don't clip ears, I don't doubt all my horses would have a fit if I tried! I simply fold the ear together and trim the protruding hair with scissors - Looks neat, but doesn't take away their natural protection and I don't have to get the big bad clippers near there!
     
    03-18-2010, 07:08 PM
  #3
Weanling
Thats a good idea, yes I show pretty heavily..i just wanted to get the extra hairs, but if she'd let me get all her ear hair that'd be a plus :)
     
    03-18-2010, 08:28 PM
  #4
Yearling
Thumper's the same way. He actually presses his nose into the clippers when i'm doing his muzzle, but he hates his ears being clipped. What i've been doing is getting him used to the vibrations near his ears with lots of "good boy"s and treats and pats and the such. It seems to be working; i've been doing the same thing to pull his mane (otherwise the team cuts it grr) and he's gotten way better. It'll be interesting to see what ideas other people have- I could use some suggestions too!
     
    03-18-2010, 08:54 PM
  #5
Foal
A little unusual, but many actually put cotton in their horses ears, just to dull the sound a little. You could try that.
     
    03-18-2010, 09:58 PM
  #6
Weanling
Thank you guys, she's fine with pulling her mane...
     
    03-22-2010, 01:32 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
Do you have to clip them? I never understood it. I show, but I don't clip ears, I don't doubt all my horses would have a fit if I tried! I simply fold the ear together and trim the protruding hair with scissors - Looks neat, but doesn't take away their natural protection and I don't have to get the big bad clippers near there!
This is what we do at our barn, and we have a bunch of people who show. The hair in their ears protects them from all those nasty bug bites, not good to remove it.
     
    03-22-2010, 04:29 PM
  #8
Started
My first horse despised the clippers anywhere near his ears (any other location he didn't care a whit... go figure ). I used wild spot's solution of trimming the protruding hair with scissors. Apparently the judges couldn't tell the difference between my scissor-trim and a clip job... that horse and I won a slew of grooming and showmanship ribbons that way...

I never tried cotton balls, but here's a link: Equine Comfort Pom Pom Ear Plugs - Dover Saddlery.
Not only do they dull the noise, but might help keep hairs from falling back into the ear and causing issues.

Scout seems to love the clippers no matter where I stick them, ears and all. After almost a year it's still a novelty to me to not be fighting and compromising over "show ears". (Note: I fold the ear shut and clip away what sticks out... I don't shave out the inside of the ears)
     
    03-22-2010, 10:13 PM
  #9
Weanling
Yes, that's all I want to do is fold it and clip the hair that sticks out but she shakes her head, but I did do to today for practice and she wasn't very bad, she was actually very good :)
     
    03-22-2010, 10:25 PM
  #10
Trained
If that's all you want to do, then just use scissors, does the exact same thing.
     

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