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katie1118 09-08-2012 08:25 PM

Aural Plaque?
I just bought my first horse today! She's super sweet and a great horse but she is very ear shy, because of aural plaque. She fights when putting on a bridle and jerks her head away when you touch her ears a certain way! What can i do to get rid or at least help it so she isn't so ear shy. She lets you touch around the ear for the most part but certain times she will jerk her head away and its very hard to put the bridle on. any tips and ways to help this? thanks:)

natisha 09-09-2012 08:53 AM

I don't know how you bridle her so please excuse me if you already do this.

If she'll let you touch the base of her ears put the bridle over her ears as you point the ears forward.

WickedNag 09-09-2012 09:04 AM

Buy a mule bridle or a bridle that buckles over at the poll so you don't have to touch her ears.

angelY 09-09-2012 09:48 AM


Originally Posted by WickedNag (Post 1676880)
Buy a mule bridle or a bridle that buckles over at the poll so you don't have to touch her ears.

really !can solve the problem?

ninjahorse 09-09-2012 03:36 PM

There was a lesson horse at a stable that I rode at for a while that had sarcoids in his ears. We always had to take apart the bridle and put it back together on his head, because he wouldn't tolerate anyone touching his ears. I like the idea of the mule bridle. If I were you I would go with that. Good luck with your new mare!

shaggy 09-10-2012 01:15 AM

Just cause I'm curious what is aural plaque? and maybe you got it out of her ears she wouldn't be so ear shy?

barrelbeginner 09-10-2012 01:30 AM

I was wondering the same thing. and I think instead.. if she is ear shy after wards(?) arura plague thing.. you should work with her ears.. NOT buy a mule bridle.. and go around the problem.. go right threw it and FIX it:) IMO

WickedNag 09-10-2012 07:38 AM

You need to check on aural plagues ladies. There is not a successful treatment for them. Do you research... they can be very painful to some horses and it can be dangerous to try to bridle one that needs to have ears touched to bridle.

Saranda 09-10-2012 07:55 AM

If you can get your hands on this ointment, try it - - I don't know if it can be bought where you live, but we tried it on an older horse of our herd with aural plaque in both ears. Although the ointment isn't used specifically for aural plaque, it relieved his situation greatly and now you can hardly tell he had the plaque before.

Maple 09-10-2012 08:56 AM

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I can't bridle my gelding normally, it's simple really - I don't ride with a browband and just undo one side and flip it over behind his ears. Takes me all of 10 seconds longer to do than somebody bridling normally and it has eliminated what was quite a stressful procedure for him.

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