I just noticed this evening that one of my mares has gone a little head shy. I touched the top of her head/base of her ears this evening for a fuss and she went all head shy (like what horses known to be head shy do - move head higher, shake it Etc).
She's never been head shy, although doesn't always like you playing with her ears (but has never reacted like that)
I was quite taken aback, as she's really mellow usually and lets me touch her everywhere, and I've had plastic bags up there before, no problems.
Why has she suddenly gone like this (this was the first time I've noticed it)
I don't think it could be mites, as it's very cold. Do you guys think her ears are just a bit sensitive because of the very cold weather?
I did five minutes of desensitising her to it - only taking away my hand when she started accepting it again, just in case this becomes a regular thing - which I don't want it to hehe.
She's never been like this before and to my knowledge, I haven't caused any reason for her to be head shy (although there are other people liverying there, so I don't know if one of them has done something to her without me knowing )