Another thing to try is to do the exact opposite. Rub his head for a minute, then sweep your hand back over his ears quickly. Do it so that your hand is away before he even has a chance to react- your pretty much catching him by surprise. This way he can't build up anxiety. Keep doing this, and when he doesn't flip out after you do it, start making your sweeps slower. Eventually, you should be able to stop the sweep mid way with no issues. I did this with an extremely ear shy horse, and in one day was able to keep my hand on her ears with no problems. Within two weeks, she had no problem whatsoever with her ears and would gladly let you bridle her. Mind you, this has to be done three times (3 swipes, then walk away) every 30 minutes all day for it to work that quickly.
Posted via Mobile Device