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  • Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    I purchased those head and ear things (crocheted, forgot name) for each of my horses, primarily because Selena has so much forelock I could make a wig from it. Joe Joe, who really doesn’t need one, said “Oh, cool! Thanks Mom” and wore it happily. Selena, who needs it desperately, said “Get that horrible thing away from me!!!”. She is very touchy about her ears (past abuse with a twitch, supposedly). Anyone have any ideas as to how to convince her that she would look good in hats?

    It is never the horse's fault

    NinaJD NinaJD
    Topics Started: 8Replies Posted: 139

    have you tried putting a fly mask with ears on her?
    i would just spend a lot of time with her, touching her ears, etc.
    approach and retreat.

    the first time i ever tried to put a fly mask on atreyu, it took me over an hour just to get him to not flinch with the velcro.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Haven’t had her very long, and due to the foul weather, our time has been limited. Just getting a halter or bridle on her can be iffy, due to past abuse. Not sure how she will be with a fly mask, but her previous owner never managed to get one on her. Joe Joe will let met put it on, but as soon as I am out of sight, he takes it off and hides it under some nice fresh poop. It is a great pity that I don’t speak horse, so I could explain things to them. Oddly, she will allow head clipping, so long as her ears aren’t part of it.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Mapale Mapale
    Topics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421

    J-J I’ve heard you say ‘choose your battles’. Surrender this one.

    I have a first class mare – perfect in every way – until someone touches her ears. She was twitched and those that have been twitched do NOT get over it. They may learn to tolerate ear contact, but it is a rare one that ever trusts people around their ears after that.

    Oh sure I desensitized her to me touching her ears – but nobody else could to this day! I use a cowboy halter on her for grooming and I unhook regular halters over the neck. I am careful with her ears putting on her bridle. I do not violate her trust.

    Mischief will let me put anything on him, but it will be deposited in a remote part of the pasture not ten minutes after I leave him. Also not worth it.

    Last year when the fly predators drowned in the rain and the flies got bad, I bought fly masks and thought I’d try again. PFFFFT! It took 30 minutes to put hers on. (I had to do it once I’d started unless I want a battle on all things she doesn’t want to do). She only had to wear it that one day.

    I read that putting things over the horses’ ears inhibits communication between them and others in the herd. Makes sense to me. If they can’t show distress or anger because the fabric gets in the way, you’ve effectively put duct tape over their theoretical mouths.

    Oh sure lotsa people use fly masks or those pretty crocheted ear thingies. But my mare has been so good to me, why would I distress her so? And as for my rascally boy, I’m obviously stressing him out but he’s too nice to say “b*&^%” to my face. Some things are worth fighting about – but while there are alternatives out there that cause no stress, why would I choose the one that inflicts the most aggravation?

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Thanks Mapale. You are probably right, and she WAS ear twitched a lot in the past. I just thought it would help with flies when I am riding, and for her, keep her forelock out of her eyes (she has a great deal of forelock – must be the Egyptian in her). She will let me brush her ears, and occasionally pet them. Joe Joe, also, has issues due to a former jockey who would slow him down by grabbing his ears, but he is much better now. As for grooming, both of them will stand without anything on them at all. I do tell them what I am about to do, so they aren’t surprised by it. She is more or less okay with the bridle, and he will drop his head and put it on almost all by himself (I think he has spoiled me for normal horses). I only tried the fly mask once, and it was such a failure I just decided to let it go. Have better things to do than prowl through manure looking for them! So long as they accept spray and fly sheets, they’ll cope.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Mapale Mapale
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    I wonder if people who treat horses with such callous disregard ever think of the damage they are doing? Twitching is mean.

    Your horses sound like perfect darlings – probably because you know how to read them so well. Maybe one of the benefits of an extra cold and long winter will be fewer insects to deal with. There ought to be some perks…

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    There should be, but I have already encountered ticks and chiggers in my woods. Don’t know which is worse.

    Too many people, for assorted excuses, do not take the time needed to understand their animals. Stupid, really, because in the long run taking time early on saves a whole lot of time down the road.

    Mine are darlings (but not perfect). The best thing I can say of them is that they are kind, which is better than perfect. Even when they do not know why I ask them to do things, they try really, really hard to get it. What more could anyone want?

    It is never the horse's fault

    pheets pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    Mornin’, Joe-Joe : )

    Can you put a loose braid in her forelock for riding? She can still use it for bug deflection but it won’t be in her way as much….maybe?

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    I can do a braid, but since she has so much mane it is really not possible to braid her for shows, and I think it looks odd to braid the forelock and not the mane. When she is turned out, she needs all that hair for protection from evil bugs and weather, so I don’t want it thinned or shortened. If it is just us, I don’t care how odd we look, as I am frequently disguised as an Easter egg anyway (bright colors make it easier to find me).

    It is never the horse's fault

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