When I bought Elektra almost 2 years ago she was almost untouched by human hands. In her every day handling with us, it soon became apparent that she was incredibly sensitive around her ears.
I think she was possibly twitched on her ears at a young age, especially her right ear. Putting a normal halter on her was a test of nerves and patience. Same with the bridle.
Last week, after riding, I was careless and did not ask her to put her head down before I removed the bitless bridle.
Touching her ears while her head was still up above mine, before I realised what was happening she swung her head round and knocked me to the ground pulling back as she did so.
When I take the time to get her to lower her head as Buck Brannaman describes here, then it is a much less stressful time for us both.
In the photos below taken in March last year, my colleague Anne Beyerly is working Elektra from above Elektra’s eye line. This is a desensitising exercise to prepare the horse for when the rider is on its back.
Here you can see that Anne has put a slight pressure on the poll area, Elektra has lowered her head, and Anne has released the pressure.
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