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post #1 of 20 Old 08-03-2011, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for a super ear sensitive show horse?

So, where I show to practice for the bigger shows(different arenas), the PA system is terrible and there's nothing I can do about it. The whole structure of the arena is off. The speaker is right in the middle, and the roof is too low. So the sound just bears down on you, and there's a constant static/feedback noise.

This drives my horse past insanity.

In other more well built arena's the reaction is smaller, but he still reacts because he's learned he doesn't like it when the announcer speaks.

I can control him fine, but I shouldn't have such a serious (and embarassing) issue. I just leave the line-up, and get him moving. He settles down.

I started using the cotton ear balls on him. It helped slightly, but he can still hear a lot of frequencies from the PA echoing off the roof.

What I'm going to try, once show season starts back up in September, is:
T-Foam Ear Plugs in Accessories at Schneider Saddlery
And some lavender oil spread on me, and therefore smelled by him, to help calm his brain a little bit. And perhaps, me as well. XD

Now, the dangers to ear plugs that create an almost sound proof barrier- He won't hear hardly at all. The whole aspect is dangerous. Should someone walk up from behind, or in another blind spot, and touch him, he could very well spook or kick out just from pure instinct. It will, though, eliminate the sound of the PA.

I'm not using this as a quick fix. The PA system hurts my ears at times, and he hears tons better than I do. Who knows how he hears it. It simply hurts his ears. I need to take away that factor.

Has anyone else had this issue? If so, how have you handled it?
We've also taken him to shows, and just had him stand under the roof, and he was fine. It's when he's directly in the arena, under the speaker.

Sorry for the novel.

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post #2 of 20 Old 08-03-2011, 07:57 PM
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I know a lot of people that use the t foam ear plugs for their horses at shows and they usually don't run into problems. While it muffles a lot of sound for them, they can still hear a little bit. These are also good ear plugs

POMMS Premier Equine Ear Plugs
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They do make PomPom ear plugs, but they might actually be illegal in some disciplines/shows, so make sure to call/email and ask first.
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I know a lot of people that use the t foam ear plugs for their horses at shows and they usually don't run into problems. While it muffles a lot of sound for them, they can still hear a little bit. These are also good ear plugs

POMMS Premier Equine Ear Plugs
Yes, I thought about trying those as well.

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They do make PomPom ear plugs, but they might actually be illegal in some disciplines/shows, so make sure to call/email and ask first.
Where I show, they don't even think to check your equipment in the slightest. And in a bigger recognized show where they check, I'm pretty certain they are legal most everywhere.

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Pomms are the ones I use on my Arabian gelding. They've made a world of difference in the way he reacts. I was very skeptical but decided to give them a try, and I'm glad I did.

I'm not aware of any discipline that doesn't allow ear puffs. After all, they were originally designed for high strung show horses.

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I've never heard of a discipline that doesn't allow earplugs... i've been to shows where it's most likely horses ARE wearing them. I've used the TFoam ones you listed but I don't really like them. They're super soft foam, which makes them easy to get in/out but they fall out pretty easily. My favorites are the Pomms that Countercanter listed. They stay in the best and are hidden pretty well. HOWEVEr... all they are are fancy black rubber cat toys! And 10x more expensive. I school spooky horses in cat toys (unfortunately they're usually florescent yellow, orange, pink, etc) and show in the black ones. You do have to be careful when puling them out that you don't pull your horse's ear hairs though.

And FYI, they do not block out all sound. I know a lot of people who use ear nets to block out even more sound then just the Pomms.
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I used Sponge, cut down and wrapped in the leg of a pair of black tights. Shoved as far into the ear as it will go.

Horsey doesnt hear a thing!!

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I use pom-pom style ear plugs. They work great.
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post #9 of 20 Old 08-28-2011, 12:02 AM
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Ear bonnets/plugs are not allowed in dressage where I am. The idea is that the dressage horse is obedient and desensitised enough not to need them. Or at least it should be. Not always the case, of course. My horse is at his hottest when we're flatting!

JMO... but ear bonnets/plugs are just a band-aid solution. My horses are whipcrack quiet - much worse than a too-loud, badly placed speaker!
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post #10 of 20 Old 08-28-2011, 03:45 AM
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blue eyed pony.

Plugs are allowed at international competition, so i'm not sure you facts are right. Ear bonnets are not allowed for dressage but plugs are! TBH, If your horse is good enough to be at a certain level then it will have to have something about it. My youngster will be having his ears plugged as he is going to be explosive to ride at the best of times, but he is aaimed at the higher levels of competition and he needs that fire and presence to show himself in the ring properly.

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