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    10-02-2013, 11:26 PM

Is it bad when your horse pins it's ears back when you lope? I have a lazy horse so getting her to go fast is a little hard. I developed a fear of loping after a horse I boarded and now I am overcoming it with her. Yes she has gave a little kick, but it is hardly noticeable. I do correct her when it happens. But I have a video and she pins her ears back. It doesn't help that i'm loping in an smooth Aussie saddle that i'm sure is a bit uncomforable for her because I do bounce in it.
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    10-02-2013, 11:30 PM
Does her saddle fit? Has a chiro seen her recently? She could have a sore back from the saddle or your bouncing.
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    10-03-2013, 12:27 AM
Usually yes it's bad. The horse is unhappy about something and its up to you to figure it out. I would start with saddle and pad fit. Make sure there's nothing pinching or rubbing. Have her back and sides checked for sore spots. Have her hooves checked.
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    10-03-2013, 03:10 AM
If you're nervous, maybe you're clenching with your thighs and causing a possible saddle fit issue to compound?
    10-03-2013, 09:52 AM
Her saddle fits. The saddle pad could be causing her difficulties but it is the only thin enough one I have. It is a western one. Her hooves are good. There is no chiro any where remotely close. I'm thinking of using the western one a few times to see how she acts.
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    10-03-2013, 11:10 AM
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Are her ears actually pinned or are they laid back because she is giving you her full attention?
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    10-03-2013, 11:21 AM
Please post a picture or video. I love Australian saddles, but they do not distribute weight over as large an area as a western saddle. If your weight is to the rear of the saddle, then your riding could cause the pinned ears.

Do you know how to ride in 2 point? If so, try doing that. Or see if it happens with another rider.

BTW - my favorite pad for my saddle is a standard, cheap, folded 30 x 60 thin western one:

    10-03-2013, 11:24 AM
If her ears are back AND she is giving a kick - even a slight kick - she is in pain or upset.

You mentioned being nervous - are you giving her enough rein to lope? She may be ticked at the confusing request.

If you have someone who could watch from the ground or video the actions, it would help to see what is going on.
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    10-03-2013, 09:34 PM
I have been watching my daughter ride every night this week.
Paying close attention to all 4 horses ears when she rides each one.

Pinned back, no, but back as if to pay attention to the rider.
Switching alot, one front and one back. Rather funny at times.

I am only observing truly pinned ears when the horses are in contact with each other.

When I'm riding my horse he has so much go in him ears are my last thought.
    10-03-2013, 11:42 PM
I do have a video and a picture. I believe I have a picture on one of my other forums when I first got it(so the blanket it too far back, whoops!) But idk how to get them on here sense I am on my phone. Maybe this weekend I could get a pic. Not sure. I guess I don't really know if they are just listening or really pinned. And she hasn't kicked in a while. I kind of assumed she only did at first because she was too lazy to lope. I could never get her to lope so it was a lot of back and forth until it finally happened. But I don't think I really payed attention to her listening ears or her mad ears. Maybe I just have never seen her mad ears?
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