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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Experience experience experience.
Getting him over his fear is going to be more of a case of getting him to trust you than teaching him to tolerate things. Do lots of ground work with him, prove to him that you're trustworthy. Once he sees that you make good leader material, he'll trust you and transfer his worry to you. If he sees that something doesn't bother you, it won't bother him. It takes time but building his trust is a rewarding thing. Take him places that are outside of his comfort zone (but be safe about it), give him new experiences. He'll eventually see that the world isnt so scary after all. Its just a matter of getting him to think instead of react.
As for being head shy, start rubbing at a comfortable spot on his wither, neck, chest...whatever- and slowly work your way up. Drift your hand higher and higher, returning to his neck immediately after. Eventually you'll get to where you can rub his face. Praise him for it, and release the pressure. Release of pressure a good reward that any horse understands. Do the same with his ears after you get him going well with his face.
My mare was very ear sensative as well and just wouldn't get over it, so I was a bit mean xD I bought an eared fly mask and left it on her for a day or two so she'd get used to the feeling of her ears being touched. After that and a little work, she was just fine.
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