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post #11 of 12 Old 05-31-2009, 11:19 AM
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The advance and retreat method works really well. My gelding use to be horrible with his ears being touched but has come a long ways with this method. He still doesn't particularly like it, but I can now put meds on his ears-he stands even better if I give him a treat and while he is chewing put the meds on his ears. The treat takes his mind off of what I am doing and by the time he finishes the treat and realizes my fingers are in his ears I am done!
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post #12 of 12 Old 06-02-2009, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979 View Post
Get a fly mask with ears for now. That will keep the flies off of them and get her used to something touching her ears.

Also, leave the hair. The hair in the ears protects the inside of their ears from flies and other insects. If you remove the hair, she'll have no more natural protection.

To work on her ear shy-ness, use an advance-retreat method. Touch up her neck and head as far as she's comfortable. Go just a bit farther up. Leave your hand there quietly and wait until she calms down. Then remove your hand and give her a treat. Rinse and repeat until she'll let you do whatever you need to.

Do exactly this! However there are some horses (like my own) who simply will not stand for it, i can taouch my horses ears but cannot medicate or clip them for showing without a second hand. I have owned him since he was born and he has always had this problem so I started doing a hand held lip twitch for when he gets really bad and it seems to work well...try to use this as a last resort but i know that sometimes it comes to that...
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