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post #1 of 5 Old 05-16-2010, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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I did a search and the were no search results for what I am looking for.

Could someone please give me some ideas on what to do with a ear shy horse.

The horse is completely broke, she just has some issues on the ground.

She is not head shy, she just doesn't like her ears touched, from something someone did to her before.

We pet her around the area, and release when shes good.

(there is nothing in her ear, and she hasn't got a sore in it.)

Any other tips/techniques to try...?
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-16-2010, 04:29 PM
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Just handle her ears every time you are around her.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-16-2010, 04:38 PM
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This is all just patience and being consistent. Play with her, keep moving towards her ear as much as she'll let you, stop at her boundary, then slowly creep up. When she doesn't pull back or yank away (I usually stop before this happens - You can see when they're getting ready to get away) give her a few moments, then go at it again. You'll get furthur and furthur each time, and only quit once she's standing nicely accepting the touch.
If she knows how to lower head by pressure on the poll (a hand resting there -which might be hard due to her ear issue) or by putting pressure on the lead and releasing whenever her head drops, going lower until it's at your desired spot, it'll be easier for you.

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post #4 of 5 Old 05-16-2010, 04:54 PM
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Have you tried petting around her ears with something like a curled up lead line or something with "legs" and happen to accidentally touch a part of ear here and there once every few passes? If she's okay with you touching near her ears, she might just be doing it for the drama at this point. If you sneak it up on her, she might act differently.

If that doesn't work, how about that exercise I've seen Clinton Anderson do with flicking the soft cotton lead line gently at the horse, first at the back, then withers, up the neck, occasionally up by the ears, but retreating to lower parts if necessary until the horse is standing calmly? I think he calls is approach and retreat if you want to look it up.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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