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post #1 of 14 Old 01-17-2009, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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But I have a quick question. Does anyone else use ear puffies at their barn? I'm wondering if my trainer came up with it or if it's common. Basically you put giant pom poms in the horses ears to help them focus and not spook at every little sound. It is amazing what a difference it can make.
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-17-2009, 11:52 AM
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But I have a quick question. Does anyone else use ear puffies at their barn? I'm wondering if my trainer came up with it or if it's common. Basically you put giant pom poms in the horses ears to help them focus and not spook at every little sound. It is amazing what a difference it can make.
I don't know of anyone that uses them, but I've seen them at tack shops and other places that sell horse stuff

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post #3 of 14 Old 01-17-2009, 04:21 PM
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I've seen them used, but I don't use them and don't plan on it. I want a horse that can focus on me regardless of what is going on around him.
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no one at my barn uses them that I know of.

I agree with spastic on this one though, I'd want my horse to listen to me regardless of what's going on.
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-17-2009, 07:20 PM
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I knew a girl who used them when clipping because her horse hated the sound - other than that, don't know anyone.

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post #6 of 14 Old 01-17-2009, 08:20 PM
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I would use them for ear clipping (I just use cotton) but, it's a crutch much like draw reins. 'I can't get my horse to focus on me, so instead of dealing with why he won't focus, I'll just force him by making him partially deaf.'

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I use them all the time when it's windy or such outside. I ride in a tarp covered arena and it flaps all over the place... :roll:


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post #8 of 14 Old 02-28-2009, 06:11 PM
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I believe the only times to use them would be when trailering if the horse is easily spooked when in trailers, and when clipping around the ears such as clipping a bridle path at the poll.
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post #9 of 14 Old 02-28-2009, 08:09 PM
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A friend in my trail club uses them on her mare on overnight campouts. Keeps her calm all night.
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post #10 of 14 Old 02-28-2009, 08:17 PM
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I've seen them used, but I don't use them and don't plan on it. I want a horse that can focus on me regardless of what is going on around him.
Well said, that's my mentality.

Yes, I've heard of them, I think they'd be great for when you're shooting guns off horses, I'd like some for that purpose, but as far as jumpiness and spooking I would think that they would work the opposite way. Take away one of their senses and they have to compensate by being on high alert. Windy days do it, horses can't smell or hear as well, everyone knows how wind can turn a horse into a wreck.

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