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Old 31-12-2005, 01:29 PM   #1
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A friend of mine has a new horse that is very ear shy. She has been able to put the bridle on for the past couple of weeks but this morning the horse just flipped out. In the end we had to pull the bridle apart removing the brow band, get the bridle over his neck, then put the bit in and subsitite the brow band with some twine to hold it in place - not an ideal solution but at least we won the battle and got a bridle (of sorts) on him, however it took about an hour.

She tells me that she can do the pressure / release thing to get him to lower his head most of the time but he is always ear shy. He is a big horse (16.2hh) so when he throws his head in the air, we stand no chance. After we got the bridle on, he let me rub his eyes, forlock and neck and became relatively relaxed

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Has he been doing this since she got him or just lately? Our pony was like that but we got a bowen therapist out and she did some work on her and she is no longer ear shy she was just hurting really bad and didnt want any one to touch her head or ears...........Shes a changed pony now!

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He was ear shy when she got him, however she was able to get the bridle on him. It has only been today that he was near impossible although he has had times when it has taken a couple of minutes to get the bridle on

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i worked with a pony that was ear shy but i just kept my hand near his ears where the bridle would sit until he gave up then i took my hand away then did it again, but he was an 11hh welsh so it was easy even when he threw his head up, but 16hh is much harder in these situations

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My horse was ear shy as well when i got him two months ago and all i did was every chance i got i played with his head and ears. to start with he didnt like but everytime he let me touch them and play around with his head i would reward him with lots of cuddles and carrots and then i only did it every second time and then slowly reduced the treats and more cuddles and now he is fine. when i played with his head sometimes i had things in my hand, sometime it was a cloth or bailing twine a bridle(not actually putting it on) and just genrally playing around and i did this for about two weeks and he was fine after that. My horse is 16.2hh as well as not being able to touch bridel or wash his head was really hard for me, so i made sure i did lots of playing around. and also did my other two who are generally fine with their heads, and now they are all fine with me around there heads. Makes it alot easier to wash them!!

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I would first rule out any medical problems, such as ear mites, bad teeth etc. My farrier has a horse who was very ear shy, he has since had his teeth checked now the horse is great.

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I would first rule out any medical problems, such as ear mites, bad teeth etc. My farrier has a horse who was very ear shy, he has since had his teeth checked now the horse is great.

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Currently we have a 3yo whom we are breaking in. She was very nervous about her ears and difficult to bridle. As she gets fed each day, The feed bin is placed on the ground and I will sit by the fence and as she takes a mouthful, I will softly touch her ears. She would quickly pull away at first, now she is relaxed and I can rub her ears for at least a minute. She is easier to bridle now too. Just a thought...

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my horse is the same atm...we recently ruled out teeth and having another shot at it...still a bit ear shy. keep up the tips i may need them!

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Turn your horse’s head around to the near side and hold it in this position for about 1minute and this will send a false signal to the “Baroreceptor Relfex” sensor which will stimulate the “Vagus” nerve which in turn is lower the horse’s blood pressure making the horse calm.

Put your bridle on slowley then and do the same when you take it off..

Soon your horse will get over it's little complex..

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