Well, I have an interesting problem. While my horse and I have been excelling using Monty's methods, I'm not sure how to go about dealing with her sarcoids.
She has them in one ear, and they seem to be very painful. I can touch, fold, play with, etc., the ear that does NOT have the sarcoids with no fuss, but I cannot even go near the ear that does.
This makes it very difficult to bridle her. While we can work around the ear when haltering and grooming, bridling pretty much requires me to grab her ear and tuck it under the piece that goes over the poll. She throws a big fuss and often shys away, holding her head up far from me. Of course I don't blame her, I can't imagine what it feels like, but I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Anyone have any ideas to make it less painful & difficult to bridle? Otherwise, she is fine to bridle, takes the bit fine, goes over the other ear fine. I've tried using a Western bridle, unbuckling it, and sliding it over her neck (avoiding her bad ear), and this works fine. Unfortunately, I ride English!