Problem with horse pinning ears back when trotting in Halter.

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    06-06-2012, 04:31 PM
Problem with horse pinning ears back when trotting in Halter.

I have a 7 year old QH. I am working on halter with her but everytime I trot with her shin pins her ears back. There are no horses around to scare her and this does not happen when I ride her. I can't figure out if I am doing something wrong or if she is scared of something.

Any ideas??
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    06-06-2012, 04:34 PM
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My guess is that she isn't scared of anything - she is being dominant and is threatening you to get out of her personal space. Leading horses do not tolerate those of lower hierarchy to trot besides them, thus the pinning - it is a warning. You should work on your respect and ground manners - before she becomes even more dominant. I suspect that she may also push you with her shoulder while trotting (might seem like she's losing her balance and trying to lean against you) and nip at you - if she isn't already, then prepare that this behavior may happen.
    06-06-2012, 04:54 PM
Green Broke
What sort of halter and lead do you use? Are you inadvertently "bumping" or pulling her as you are jogging?
    06-06-2012, 04:55 PM
I have one that does that. She pins her ears when we are trotting or loping. I have never figured why she does it she knows im dominate. So its not that. She even does it when she is in the pasture by herself. So it may just be how some horses are.
    06-06-2012, 05:43 PM
It could be a billion different reasons. Pain, irritation, 'disrespect', annoyance, resistance etc etc etc. For whatever reason she's doing it, you are creating the stimulus and she's responding accordingly, so IMO this can't be answered easily and correctly. A video may help us though.....
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