So I have this mare that I bought about two and a half years ago. She is pretty good with most things that lots of horses are afraid of..... except a rasor. She has been like this ever since we got her. That and us toutching her ears, which makes trying to get her ears presentable for a show nearly impossible unless we heavily sedate her, and she hates shots just as much.
As to how the problems started, I have some educated guesses.
My horse is very tickilish. Her previous owner had to twitch her so she would let her foal nurse the first few times. Unfortunatly, we think she twitched her on the ear, because the vet can feel scar tissue in the end of her ear from a twitch. So we think that may be why she hates her ears toutched.
As for a rasor, the tickilish thing applies to. We are thinking that when her old trainer was clipping her for shows along her jaw bone, which is very bony, she didn't like it because the vibrating tickles. The trainer, we have heard from other people with similar complaints, doesn't have patience with horses and most of the time just does it. We think that he reacted badly to her not wanting to be clipped, causing her to dread when the rasor comes out.
As for answers I need:
1. How do I get my mare to like the rasor more, or at least not be terrified of it?
2. How can I get her to like her ears being toutched, or at least tolerate it?
As for my horse: she is not a bad horse and isn't afraid of most other things. We were not careless when buying her, but were not intent on showing when we were leasing her, and did not test that. And even if we did, those are her only real problems and would have bought her anyway. It was not untill about a year ago that we started trying to clip her.
Any help is appriciated