|Missouri Foxtrotter 2 almost 3 years old ridden
in two-ear headstall-curb and fox-trotting saddle in round pen, pasture
by a good, expericineced rider.
Question: I show Foxtrotter and have one ,he has good a head shake but
his ears do not move back and forth as they should. I know you can use
baby oil, and it relaxes their so they do move I want something more natural
I have heard ear shaking is bred into them, but if not then how can I get
them to move. please help!!!! Shows are coming up!!!!!
From Panelist Nancy
I suggest that you stop worrying about your horse's ears. Most
From Panelist Laura
Please don't put baby oil or anything else in your horse's ears.
Instead, concentrate on getting the very best gaits from your foxtrotter.
From Panelists Lee
Different horses have different degrees of ear flop-- those with longer ears tend to shake them more, a horse with short foxy ears will not be flopping them much no matter what his gait.
Actually, oil in the ears does not relax them, it just irritates them into shaking their heads. IMO introducing foreign material into a horse's ears to achieve a purely cosmetic result borders on horse abuse.
One thing that may help is to use a browband bridle with a looser browband, and to work the horse in the flat walk until he is relaxed and even a bit tired. Quiet even hands also will help.
IMO, a horse should be judged on his performance of the gaits, not on whether on not his ears move like pinwheels. If your gaits are perfect they should overshadow any lack of ear flop.