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post #1 of 4 Old 04-03-2020, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Mare pinning ears back

I’ve got a 14 year old QH mare who pins her ears back whenever she is being led or ridden. She has never tried to be pushy or anything when being led and listens very well but she always has her ears flat. When riding she gets stubborn and fights the stops but even when walking she keeps her ears pinned back. I’m not sure how to correct her attitude? I want to correct it before it gets worse but anything I try doesn’t work. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-03-2020, 08:26 PM
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Have you had a vet rule out any pain related issues? Is she girthy at all? Do you ever just take her out of the pasture without riding or expecting anything of her?
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-03-2020, 09:56 PM
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Sounds like she is warning others to stay away from both of you...protecting if you think of it.
You say she is very respectful on the ground and ridden, just occasionally stubborn when asked to "stop"...

Always going about with ears back or pinned...
Are her ears flat to her head so near impossible to see them...that to me is pinned.
Ears back is her listening often to soft sounds surrounding her or when astride we not realize we make.
If she always though has ears back I would be asking the vet to please check them for growths, anything caught or plugging them or something that would be giving her discomfort.
Some horses though just carry their ears back...
Does she ever put her ears forward in "alert" status?
Can she put her ears up and forward?
Evenly and fully forward or is their a underlying issue she might have...
Things to look into and have evaluated.

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post #4 of 4 Old 04-04-2020, 12:34 AM
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Does your saddle fit? Has she been treated for gastric ulcers?
I have (could say had) the same problem with my barrel mare, Tequila. Only, it was just with cinching up. Me being a protective horse owner/mom, I got her tested for Gastric Ulcers twice in a month (he didn't have it). When my idiot-self found out that the saddle was fitting a tad big, I let her rest for a full 2 months before going into work again (with the exemption of groundwork). I also got her a proper fitting saddle. Turns out, she is just naturally cinchy (improper training). I worked with her so it is now just pinning her ears when getting cinched up (she used to try to bite). I also do my cinch slower than I normally do.
Additionally, does she always act like this, or is it just because 'tis the season?
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