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        01-28-2010, 02:04 AM
      #11
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    This is something that will take a VERY long time for him to get over and he may never be truely comfortable with his ears being handled. I would start rubbing him on the neck on an area that he is comfortable with, or even likes (a "green" area). Very slowly start to work your way closer to his head, rubbing and scratching lightly as you go. The instant he begins to act uncomfortable, go back to the "green" area until he relaxes. Keep doing this and eventually, you will begin to move closer to his ears in small incriments. Just make sure that you never go past where he is comfortable and eventually, you should be able to handle his ears without too much fuss. As for doing the clippers, after you can comfortably handle his ears with your hands, start the process all over again with the clippers. There is no easy fix for this problem and it will take weeks or maybe months for him to be comfortable but just don't give up.

    Haha, DB, we posted at the same time.
    Exactly what I was going to say...well not 'exactly' but you know what I mean!

    My mare (who I got in Septmeber 09) is really touchy around the ears as well...so that's all I've been doing is being consistent, and working with her comfort level...she's gotten to where I can easily clip her bridle path, and rub all over her head and ears. It just takes alot of time...
         
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        01-28-2010, 09:54 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I like using T-touch on my horses, one of them is kinda head shy and bites too but I just keep petting him until he stops nipping at me. I know that slapping his muzzle when he "air bites" (what I like to call it) then he's just out for revenge and he'll take a chunck out of you Im not even kidding!! (He's a smart arse)
         
        01-28-2010, 01:38 PM
      #13
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Nova    
    Thanks for all the advice, guys! I will definitely try this when I ride him tomorrow. The woman said that "a horse doesn't get this head shy for just no reason, something must have happened to him to make him like this".

    He's not halter shy, just when I try to hug his head or touch his ears or the front of his face he kinda throws his head in the air and pushes me away.
    I have worked with many horses that have not had a 'bad experience' with their head/ears. Take human fear as a great example:

    A person who is afraid of spiders or snakes usually has not had a bad experience with them. And, if you sit them in a chair and put spiders and snakes on them, they will not lose their fear. The mind has thought the thought enough times that it is positive fear is the correct response. You have to go back in and reteach the mind that there is nothing to fear.

    You have to replace the negative reaction with a positive response.
         
        01-28-2010, 03:31 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Advance and retreat--again and again. Retreat BEFORE he decides to move away or it doesn't work. No trickery just a firm touch keeping your hands moving.

    I agree with Kevin--head shy is a lot easier to fix than a horse who had their ears tore up with those little sweat flys. I had an old mare who would fly to the moon rather than let you near her sore ears. Even after 3 doses of rompem!!!

    Act like it will take all day and it will take 5 minutes-- get in a hurry and it will take weeks.
         

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