Head shy.. not sure what to do. - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 14 Old 01-28-2010, 02:04 AM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: CO
Posts: 5,061
• Horses: 5
Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
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...

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
mom2pride is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 14 Old 01-28-2010, 09:54 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Olds, AB Canada
Posts: 2,749
• Horses: 2
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)
Ray MacDonald is offline  
post #13 of 14 Old 01-28-2010, 01:38 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern California
Posts: 111
• Horses: 2
Originally Posted by Nova View Post
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".

Hes 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.

Accredited Josh Lyons trainer, and Certified in John Lyons training techniques. http://Jodi-Wilson.com, http://traininghorsesblog.com
ReiningTrainer is offline  
post #14 of 14 Old 01-28-2010, 03:31 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 241
• Horses: 0
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.
5cuetrain is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
help with head set chika1235 Western Riding 13 01-08-2010 09:43 AM
Help with head.... ladybugsgirl Horse Health 5 12-28-2009 08:29 PM
Head too low :-( Hoofprints in the Sand English Riding 13 09-06-2009 10:08 PM
Head Shy... Goosen Horse Riding 1 08-19-2009 07:48 PM
Crazy head!!! Help for a horse with 'head raising probs'???? trot-on Horse Training 20 09-17-2008 11:29 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome