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        06-02-2009, 11:28 PM
    Green Broke
    Stop touching me!!!

    Haha, I thought I'd share this video of my Arab mare and her reaction to "having her ears touched". I'm starting to be convinced it's just yet another of her numerous games - I've had her since she was born, she's 10 years old now, she's never had a bad experience with her ears, she has absolutely no issues haltering, bridling or clipping, and yet ZOMG, don't try to pet those ears! I can do this every day and every single day it'll be the same thing - she'll act completely outraged for about five minutes before just giving up and letting me pet them. Notice that she's standing on a completely loose rein and could walk away at any time if she wants to

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        06-03-2009, 12:03 AM
    What a goofy girl, she's really cute.
        06-03-2009, 06:56 AM
    LOL! That's funny! I love the expression on her face when she finally stops - she looks like she's enjoying the scratch.
        06-03-2009, 03:15 PM
    No offense but that is not something that I would encourage. It is too easy for her to hit you in the face with her neck or her poll when you are leaning so far forward over the saddle and she is slinging her head like that. I would hate for you to end up with a broken nose or broken teeth. It may seem cute now but it is still a very bad habit.
        06-03-2009, 06:17 PM
    Green Broke
    I understand and thanks for the concern, but I suppose it's something you'd have to know about her to understand. She's quite quirky and always knows where I am, so it really doesn't concern me. But no, it's not something I would encourage with somebody who didn't know their horse inside out.
        06-06-2009, 10:27 AM
    Shes adorable! Love ur tack (:
        06-07-2009, 02:02 AM
    That's funny. She isn't acting traumatized, she is very much just saying, "Don't touch me!" Lol.

    Can you touch them on the ground? How is she when you put the bridle on? I just think it's funny. I know a horse that cannot stand his ears being touched if your on the ground, but while riding him, you can do anything you want and he doesn't even blink. =]
        06-07-2009, 06:31 AM
    Have you checked her ears for mites? .... and I agree with smrobs, it only has to happen once and by accident.
        06-07-2009, 11:04 PM
    Green Broke
    She'll do the same thing on the ground. It's the same everytime - she'll act personally outraged for a minute or so, and then I can do anything with her ears.

    I understand the concern, I really do, and it's not something I do often. I'd been discussing this quirk with someone else who has an Arab with it, so I told them I'd take a videotape of how she reacts. Yeah I suppose she could break my nose, but heck, she could break my nose just swinging her head around while I'm leading her. But as I said, it's not as if I get on her and do this everytime.

    She just has a lot of funny little quirks, and they really don't bother me. She plays a game with my roommate that most people would probably gasp at. Shay-la makes kissy noises right by her nostrils, and she'll pin her ears, wrinkle up her nose and snake her head towards Shay-la. To most people, it looks like she's definitely going to bite her. But it's just that to her, a game. If Shay-la is out in the pasture, she'll mosey over and instigate the game herself by poking at her with her nose.

    I guess most people would see these things as uncceptable, but I just don't. I know this horse better then I know myself, we've been in this together since she was born, and she's just a bit of an odd one. She's a complete loner, and really doesn't interact with either horse or human in a typical way. Haha, I guess my abnormalness is rubbing off on her?
        06-09-2009, 01:54 AM
    Yeah I don't like that either. A horses ears are its means of finding a predator long before it can see it. I wouldnt like having my ears pulled either which is what your doing,your grasping them your not touching them. Some horses have funny ways but I would encourage it.

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