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post #1 of 13 Old 04-18-2015, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Ears

I am training an Arab gelding he is 2 and he is a rescue.He is a type of horse that is "I will be an angle for 20 minuets " and then he gets impatient and starts getting harder to work with.I know he is an arab and I know he is 2 so he wants to play and that is why they chose me for him I am one of the most patient people with horses.( but when it comes to people do not count on it)As I said he was a rescue and he will let me get close to his ears and I can hater him up but he gets really nervous and freaked when I try to move his ears.We think something happened to him up there, but we do not know. I know practice and just getting it over with is helping but if there is any thing any one knows that would be great.

and P.S. I am the only person he truly trusts. I have been working with him since Dec. and he has done a lot of progress.
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-18-2015, 01:02 PM
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You are a patient person, you have a horse that trusts you, you have made good progress since Dec, and you realize he is a two year old. You are off to a very good start with him. If twenty minutes is his limit I would end the session before he starts to act up and gradually increase the length of time. Ending the training after he becomes difficult can teach him that all he has to do is give you a hard time and you will stop. Work with him twice a day or give him a break in between if necessary.

Hopefully he is turned out most of the time and not stalled. Let him do is playing on his own time and when he gets bored with that he will look forward to doing something else like being handled.

I would avoid the ears for now if it bothers him that much but concentrate on working your hands as close to them as possible. Progress sometimes needs to be made in very small increments. When you don't know the details of a horse's past you can assume a lot of things. The bottom line is that the horse is what he is today and that is what you need to work with
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post #3 of 13 Old 04-18-2015, 07:37 PM
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Agree with Textan49. However, the ear process might be able to speed up if
You don't make eye contact --- none, zip, zero, nada, look at the floor

I am 5'2" and found that out by complete accident when I was trying to clean the insides of my 16.1H TWH's left ear. Someone must Have twisted or pulled that ear to keep him quiet, before I bought him, because he's fine with the right ear.

I have a bad case of vertigo from an accident, can't look up without passing out, and was too lazy to go after the foot stool. I stood on my toes, put my head down and stretched, lightly rubbing the outside of his ear with a wet paper towel. To my amazement, he stood a lot more quiet without me looking at him, so that is how I now clean his ears., my head down, looking at the floor.

If you can afford it, all of my horses loved the inside and outside of their ears cleaned with a paper towel soaked in Vetericyn. <-----it might get you to your goal faster.

BTW, I still have the Arab I rescued 22 years ago, he just had his 29th Bday. They are smart to their own undoing but extremely loyal and loving, just as soon as they feel we have earned it

Good luck with your fella
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post #4 of 13 Old 04-18-2015, 07:52 PM
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Also being an Arab while he may very well be actually worried he could also just as easily be playing games with you.
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post #5 of 13 Old 04-18-2015, 07:59 PM
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Twitches most likely are something. Our mini mare is like that. Try and feels them really quick then do it more and more. With and without the halter on.
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post #6 of 13 Old 04-18-2015, 08:14 PM
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just like their eyes. go slow, rub and back off. Don't insist but dont back down,
just rub face and forehead and poll, when the horse relaxes with this, then just touch the ear quick and go back to where the horse is calm , up the forehead over the poll and ear and back to the forehead. Slow and patient.
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post #7 of 13 Old 04-18-2015, 08:44 PM
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Don't concentrate on the ears. When brushing his face just accidentally touch his ears quickly and move back to brushing. Just keep accidentally touching and don't make a big deal out of it. Don't fixate on it. Touch and move on.

When halter in do the same thing.

My Arab was never abused but he is shy about his left ear vs. the right. So while grooming I did the accidental touch and move on so quickly I am not sure he realized I had touched it. Or. Maybe he realized I wasn't fixated about touching his ear.

Now I can clip them if I wanted to.
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post #8 of 13 Old 04-18-2015, 08:49 PM
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just like their eyes. go slow, rub and back off. Don't insist but dont back down,
just rub face and forehead and poll, when the horse relaxes with this, then just touch the ear quick and go back to where the horse is calm , up the forehead over the poll and ear and back to the forehead. Slow and patient.
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This ^^^^^^ One of my Arab mares didn't like having her ears touched, especially trying when she has a tick in one. I did basically what Stevenson described. Brushing my hands up her face and quickly over the ears. Gradually progressed to doing it for a longer time. I also taught her to drop her head by pressing the pressure point on her poll.

Now she is trained to lower her head when I run my hand up over her face and flatten down both her ears with my hand. She still has her moments when she will balk at having an ear touched, but I persist and wait her out until she gives in to me.

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post #9 of 13 Old 04-22-2015, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all of the suggestions!I do make him mind me and he knows I mean business. I make him be good before I return him to the pasture.He has to run around and play with his sister before I can work with him.I can touch him every where except there,but he is doing better.Thanks again!
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-26-2015, 01:28 AM
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You're on the right track.
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