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post #1 of 3 Old 09-08-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Ear issues..

I'm getting this new horse who is really sweet and everything.. He is a four year old, but had his ears twitched or something. Sometimes he lets me near them, but mostly he will throw his head when I brush or go near his ears. It makes it hard to but on his halter and bridle, so have you guys got any ideas on how to help me with his ears?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-09-2012, 04:04 PM
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There was another thread on this in the last few days. However, my TB was the same way, except he was great for bridles and halters. Other than that, don't touch my ears and don't even think about clipping them! So, I didn't - except I would start to touch them now and then, rub a little - when got nervous or upset, I stopped. And I kept on doing it. Now I can rub them, squish them together, stick my finger in (he hates that!). I still don't clip his ears, but who cares. The other thing I did was get a set of cordless clippers -he didn't like the cord whapping against his neck when I did his bridle path. Now I can do that just standing his stall and most of the time, he drops his head for me.

Patience, patience, patience. Get a halter that you can unbuckle and not flip over his ears. Praise, praise, praise when he gets it right. And bribe with treats when necessary.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-09-2012, 05:14 PM
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Check for ticks, they are horrible this year, and also aural plaque which will make a horse ear shy too.

And it may be the way you are bridling and haltering too, if you are rough in handling the ears.

But ear twitching, per se, does not cause ear shyness, if done correctly.

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