Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
Just some thoughts .... I think you would need to determine whether this horse is like that 100% of the time he's awake, or just under certain circumstances, which might include being ridden or handled.
Has he been recently moved? Has something changed about his environment? Is he not used to you? Then time and exposure will help this issue. My horse threw herself a little fit yesterday getting rinsed off in the part of the barnyard she is always rinsed off after a ride. Because (as I eventually figured out), the manure piles next to it had been moved (one spread, the other turned into the spot it was in for further composting). Never that her run is right next to it so she saw it all happening -- she was seeing it from a different angle. DIFFERENT ANGLE! AGH! She settled down after I gave her a minute to adjust to the change.
Is there something big that is upsetting (like being alone?) Muffs won't help that.
Or is he not paying attention to you because your cues are not effective, and he's tuning you out? Muffs won't help that either.
I have no experience with them but thought they were mainly for horse shows where there are loudspeakers, loud applause, etc. that could be nervewracking for the horse.
Short horse lover