Posted 01 June 2010 - 06:15 PM
Any advice on how to start breaking her from this habit of freaking out?
Note: we did not raise this filly, bought her as a yearling. Don't know if someone hurt her or if she just never learned its ok to be touched there....
Posted 01 June 2010 - 07:40 PM
You might also work on some head-lowering exercises first. If you can get her to the place she is rewarded for softly lowering her head when asked, then you may have a head-start on working on her ears.
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Posted 01 June 2010 - 07:46 PM
ETA: She does work really hard for us, does what we ask of her, there is just something about those ears. She doesn't even mind the clippers! Guess I just have some work cut out for me....
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 03:47 AM
That is a major factor in deciding whether or not to clip inside the ears - I refuse to do it. Scissor trimming to get the longer stuff sticking out of the ear is fine, but they need that hair in the ears for protection.
Posted 04 June 2010 - 06:34 PM
Like Tricia's, my stallion loves to have his ears handled. He likes the inside scratched lightly, and also just where the ear opening meets the head. He also likes the very tips held and scratched. In fact, he can be a bit of a pest "asking" for this. If I misunderstand he gives me a very strange look!
Ooh.. I never considered getting a tick in the ear. As someone mentioned, you are not allowed to remove the ear hair in this country. It is against show rules, so I don't know anyone who does it at all. Sounds sensible to avoid creatures crawling in!
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 10:44 PM
There were no ticks.... and she still doesn't like her ears to be touched. If I move slowly and do what I've been doing I think we will move past the problem. She already is alot calmer about the whole situation. But it will take constant work to completely past this... if we ever do.
Posted 05 June 2010 - 02:40 AM
Posted 11 January 2011 - 01:49 AM
You have to establish a starting point. Start by desensitizing the air around her head. Wave your hands around her head, pretend you're going to flick water at her face, just do lots of that type of thing before you even think about working at her ears. If you have her lowering her head good, that's great cuz you can build from that. You can rub on her face while her head is lowered and then nonchalantly but quickly run your hand up and over her ears. Don't stop, just keep going off and down her neck and pet on her. Work on doing things like that. Just make everything like it's an accident and make it quickly cuz your hands will be gone before she even has time to react. Work on doing it front to back, back to front, over and over. Before long, you'll be able to grab them and rub. Hope this helps some.
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