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    08-30-2011, 03:19 PM
Ears back

Among a number of other problems I'm having lately, one thing that has really been bothering me is that my horse always has her ears back.

Not pinned flat or anything-they're up, but just turned...back. My instructor told me a while ago they'll put their ears sort of down and a little back when they're relaxing or submissive, but what she does seems to me to be a bit beyond that. She also generally has that "hard" look in her eye.

Here's a picture I could find that is sort of what she does...only, she's not dozing when she does it, and the ears are pointed a bit more upwards, but they're facing the same way:

I'm taking it to mean that she's either bored, or irritated, or perhaps both. It seems like disrespect, especially with the look in her eye, but she never actually does anything unsatisfactory and punishing her for this look just confuses her and will make her even more resentful. She will always do whatever I ask, but she usually has her ears turned back about it.

I don't know. What does it mean? How should I deal with it?

EDIT: REALLY sorry the picture is so big. I have no way to reduce the size of it.
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    08-30-2011, 03:48 PM
That's a monster pony there.....

My horse usually puts her ears like that either because she's listening to me because I'm a loser and I talk to her or, it seems comfy for them, like ears forward is smiling, but that's not very comfy to all horses, a "straight face" or ears "limp" like that may just be relaxing, not angry or anything, same as if you had a straight face, BUT that's just my experience with my horse. :)
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    08-30-2011, 04:31 PM
She seems very... unhappy. It's hard to tell with just one picture. Have you ruled out pain? If she isn't feeling good that can be one reason for that look.
    08-30-2011, 08:59 PM
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Start carrying a camera and get a picture of the actual look you're talking about and it'll be a lot easier to gauge what she is "saying". Even the slightest difference can have a lot of tell in it.
    08-30-2011, 09:35 PM
I wouldn't worry about it. She looks very comfortable in the photo.
    08-30-2011, 09:49 PM
The horse in that picture isn't mine...I just used it as an example to show the basic position of the ears. My real horse isn't dozing when she does it.

I will have to get a real picture.
    08-31-2011, 12:25 AM
Some mares go through life with their ears permanently back like that. What I've noticed with them is you have to watch for them to actually get pinned before you have to worry.
    08-31-2011, 08:02 AM
Actually the horse on pic looks like it's just relaxing. Both my mares keep ears back like that when they relax/sleep in run-in shed. When horse is mad the ears are usually flat back and there is a nasty expression on face (often with bare teeth).
    08-31-2011, 10:54 AM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Actually the horse on pic looks like it's just relaxing. Both my mares keep ears back like that when they relax/sleep in run-in shed. When horse is mad the ears are usually flat back and there is a nasty expression on face (often with bare teeth).
Well, her ears are never flat pinned, but she does have that hard look that nasty horses get in their eye. If it weren't for that, I probably wouldn't be so concerned.
    08-31-2011, 11:22 AM
Could you take some pics may be?

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