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  • Floppy eared horses...who has them?

    So a long time ago I read a thread, including pictures, about horses who had floppy ears.

    Anyone have any pictures or videos of their floppy eared horses?
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    Well, he wasn't mine but a leased camp horse (back in the 70's so no pics). He was a b/w paint with virtually no cartilage at the base of his ears, so they just flopped and swung all over. Hehehehe...we named him Radar.

    Twas quite the site to see him jogging along, ears a flappin' - plus he had droopy lips, so it completed the goofy picture. Good boy tho, great lesson horse and not a bad jumper when he felt like it.
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    • #3
      I have a floppy eared horse. I think though it is age for her cause I dont really remember them being floppy when she came. Her lips flop to unless she concentrates. Adds to her character.
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      • #4
        My horse's ears are normal, but he always sticks them out to the side, and lets them flop up/down. It's pretty funny to watch. We go riding, and his ears just flap up & down, lol.
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        • #5
          I use to own a horse with slight lop ears. I wouldn't call them floppy per se but they NEVER stood up straight. Very hard to get good pictures of him because he always looked a bit like a mule from the neck forward!

          Charlie is a grandson of my mare Angel. He's 3 years old in these pics. He was a gorgeous boy and I think the lop ears really added to his charm. He was SO mellow and sweet. The young girls at the barn just loved him!

          http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...o-g203156.html

          http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...o-g203154.html

          This is the best they ever got... Took me 50 shots to get this one I think!

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          • #6
            You didn't hear it from me, but when Ms Mare really gets rolling in her running walk - her ears do flop around . . . she also "clicks" her teeth, which is fairly common with gaited horses - or so I'm told.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by SilverSpringFarm View Post
              I use to own a horse with slight lop ears. I wouldn't call them floppy per se but they NEVER stood up straight. Very hard to get good pictures of him because he always looked a bit like a mule from the neck forward!

              Charlie is a grandson of my mare Angel. He's 3 years old in these pics. He was a gorgeous boy and I think the lop ears really added to his charm. He was SO mellow and sweet. The young girls at the barn just loved him!

              http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...o-g203156.html

              http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...o-g203154.html

              This is the best they ever got... Took me 50 shots to get this one I think!

              http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...o-g203155.html
              Me thinks he is damn cute
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              • #8
                My friends and I always used the term "floppy-eared" when referring to horses we were suspecting were drugged.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nootka View Post
                  Me thinks he is damn cute
                  Thank you! He had the cutest personality. He LOVED to be groomed. I could put him in a trance with the curry. He especially loved his rump to be curried. He would sway his hind end back and forth while pursing his lips. Sometimes I had to stop before the swaying got too intense. Worried he'd fall right over!

                  Beautiful mover too. The trainer fell in love with him and almost bought him from me. She DID NOT need another horse at the time though.

                  If only he had been a she. Would have been a forever keeper for sure!
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                  • #10
                    There used to be a famous dressage horse with very floppy ears. Can't remember the name, but around within the last 10 years, I think? Anyone know? It was a mare.

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                    • #11
                      My former A/O jumper (I don't think they qualify as floppy, but more all over the place and HUGE, but they were always kinda pointed like antennae):

                      http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...79264_2032.jpg
                      http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...11273_2817.jpg
                      Good angle for catching it: http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...17390_4210.jpg
                      Here they are forward: http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...11275_3275.jpg

                      His pre-purchase video as a 4 y/o - gets those ears flopping at the canter on the flatwork - hehe (video in Ireland, taken with a video cassete *eek*).
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAt-tM5ZPTM

                      Hehe
                      Last edited by cgray0983; May. 22, 2009, 02:51 PM.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cgray0983 View Post
                        My former A/O jumper (I don't think they qualify as floppy, but more all over the place and HUGE, but they were always kinda pointed like antennae):

                        http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...79264_2032.jpg
                        http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...11273_2817.jpg
                        Good angle for catching it: http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...17390_4210.jpg
                        Here they are forward: http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-...11275_3275.jpg

                        Hehe
                        What a beauty! Those ears are too cute. I tell ya I actually really love the look of them. Gives the horse character!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Seven-up View Post
                          There used to be a famous dressage horse with very floppy ears. Can't remember the name, but around within the last 10 years, I think? Anyone know? It was a mare.
                          I know exactly what you're talking about but I can't think of her name either! There's a video of her on youtube somewhere.
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                          • #14
                            FOUND HER!

                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzDLSK5U8tg

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SilverSpringFarm View Post
                              What a beauty! Those ears are too cute. I tell ya I actually really love the look of them. Gives the horse character!
                              Hehe, thanks - I added an old video where you can see them in action at the canter.
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                              • #16
                                Oh, I love that mare, I saw one year in Wellington in person, too cute.
                                Coruscant Stables

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                                • #17
                                  Havoline's ears on the helmet cam are the BEST!
                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onMt8C2ELYQ
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by tidy rabbit View Post
                                    Havoline's ears on the helmet cam are the BEST!
                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onMt8C2ELYQ
                                    Sweet! When you turned on that grid, he perked right up!
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                                    • #19
                                      Adorable. Floppy ears are cute on horses I think. I don't have any, but wouldn't complain if I did.
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                                      • #20
                                        Bo Mearns from Vancouver Island rode a well known showjumper named after her ears:
                                        The Flying Nun.
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