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Cleaning a Horse's Ears

Cleaning a Horse's Ears





Cleaning a Horse's Ears











Things You’ll Need:
Antibiotic Ointment
Fly Mask With Ear Protectors
Fly Repellent
Grooming Brush
Step 1:
Examine the ears. Use a flashlight or stand in the sunshine.

Step 2:
Look for specks or clumps of mud.

Step 3:
Hold the horse's ear in one hand, and hold a long, narrow grooming brush in the other.

Step 4:
Lay the brush bristles against the inside of the horse's ear.

Step 5:
Brush up and down several times. The horse might try to pull away, but after a few strokes, she should relax and push into the brush.

Step 6:
Stop and let her shake her head. This will cause the debris to flip outside, rather than inside her ear.

Step 7:
Brush the other ear. Let her shake her head.

Step 8:
Clip the ear hairs only when absolutely necessary, such as in the case of an ear injury or severe insect bite. Clip only as much hair as necessary to see the sore or bitten part of your horse's ear.

Step 9:
Dip a bandanna or large cotton handkerchief into some warm, soapy water and gently wash the sore spot. Never let any water drip into the horse's ear.

Step 10:
Apply a general antibiotic ointment to the sore spot.

Tips & Warnings:

Horses are plagued by biting flies in the summer. Protect their ears by dabbing fly repellant onto their ear hairs every few days. Or, buy a face fly mask that has ear protectors attached.

Never let anything drip down into a horse's ears.
The insides of the ears are covered with fur to keep water, bugs and debris out. Clipping the ear hairs makes the horses more prone to infection and fly infestation.


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