My mare has always been funny about her ears. She doesnt like them being touched and never has. I ride her in a single ear bridle and usually as long as im quick and discrete about it it isnt a problem and even if she does notice its never a big blowup.
Well she's been out to pasture for the last three weeks or so and I have somewhere to take her in three or four days so I decided it was time to get her out and excercise her again. I had her all saddled and lunged and got her in the arena and didnt shut the door and I took her halter off and got the bit in her mouth and as soon as I went to put the bridle over her ear she FREAKED. She shoved her head away from me and then took off running... down the road. (Good thing I live in the country...) Well I caught her and decided I would lunge her until she let me put it on but that never did happen. Im starting to think there might be something wrong with her ear and its hurting her in some way. She woulnt let me get close enough to see.
She let me take the bridle apart and put it on, as long as I didnt put her ear in the loop. What is my next step here? What could be causing problems like this? Ear mites perhaps? Or is she just being hateful? Would it be a bad thing to just take the earpiece off the bridle and use it without an earpiece?