My mare is basically perfect. She never has a bad day, she's always consistent, and very easy to work with. I can do just about anything with her except two things. When I pull her mane, she jerks around, rears, paws, breaks the cross ties, flips over, you name it. As soon as I begin to pull her mane, it starts. Its like it hits that switch and she goes off. For braiding, however, she just gets restless after a while, so all I do is make sure she got worked nice and hard and ate before I braid and she's fine. But no matter what, she HATES her mane pulled. I've tried brushing her mane before hand to make her think its just a nice brushing, but as soon as I pull it, she freaks. I've tried brushing, pulling, brushing, too. She calms when I brush but goes back to misbehaving when I start to pull it. How do I stop this behavior? I'm afraid she'll hurt herself or me or someone else. :/
Her other issue is clipping her ears. I can stick anything in her ears and she doesnt care. She doesnt mind loud or weird noises and lets me touch her head without fuss. But when I clip her ears, even if I work up to it, like start on her nose, go to around her eye lashes, then slowly to her ears, she still reacts. And its the same reactions as the mane pulling, only faster and more violently. I've tried twitching her, which did no good. I've tried clipping until she stops, but usually she backs up and rears until the clippers unplug themselves.
Both of these issues are her ONLY quirks and become very violent sometimes. I was thinking for the ear clipping thing, that I could maybe try getting her used to an electric toothbrush or something, then working up to clippers, but I really don't know what to do about the mane pulling problem.