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    04-01-2012, 10:42 AM
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Weanling
Exremely Sensitive ears!

There is this horse my mom is looking at and I tryed touching his ears to make sure he was ok with it and the second I made contact with then he flung his head away and pinned his ears I tryed again and got the same reaction. I have touched both ears and had the same reaction.i tryed rubbing his neck and slowly working up to his ears and the second I hit the base of his ears he swung his head away and pinned his ears. Is this just fiestyness or something else?
     
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    04-01-2012, 10:55 AM
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Might have aural plaques or some one decided to use them as a twitch... Oh I hate that!
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    04-01-2012, 11:43 AM
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I know the feeling...my horse is the exact same way. It has taken us awhile to get to be able to touch around the ear and the forelocks, and still ocassionally he will fling his head even when I touch there.

Bridling is always a hassle, but I have learned to live with it. The faster you get it over with, the better. If you try and take it slowly, it always ends up being worse.

The seller (my BO/coach/trainer) guesses that the previous owners used a twitch. She will be knocking him out sometime soon to check again and make sure it's not fungal (might be a good option for you)

Hope I helped a little, if you have any questions...shoot! Because I live with this every day :)
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    04-08-2012, 04:07 PM
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Weanling
I am nervous with how my mom will be able to handle bridling him if he is so sensitive! Any tricks you can think of that would work?
     
    04-08-2012, 04:25 PM
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I am nervous with how my mom will be able to handle bridling him if he is so sensitive! Any tricks you can think of that would work?
I would suggest some desensitizing, for the horse & your mother. Start at your horse's muzzle, then slowly work your way up to the base of the ear. Make sure to give him a treat every time you make an accomplishment.

Also, let her try bridling over and over (I would suggest wearing a helmet..I'm serious) and try to get it over with/praise him when it's done. It just takes some getting used to, in my opinion.

Anything else, let me know :)
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    04-08-2012, 05:41 PM
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Green Broke
My friends horse ( a Morgan) had aural plaque, & did not want his ears touched. She put the bridle on him w/the cheek piece unbuckled-that worked fine-she also took it off that way. Just make sure the bit doesn't knock on the teeth.
     
    04-09-2012, 10:06 AM
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Green Broke
Here is my thought.

Get a vet out, drug him up, twitch him if need be, and check for ticks all through and in his ear.

This was my trainers problem, the horse looked like she thought you wear going to kill her every time you would even graze an ear hair, and they were able to pull out two huge ticks from each one. Ticks have suddenly come bad in his part of the country, so it's not like he was neglecting them.
     

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