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post #1 of 12 Old 06-02-2010, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Clipping Ears

Are there any benefits in clipping the inside of the ears? Is there anything wrong with it?

Also, can you do it with regular scissors instead of clippers???
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-03-2010, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by AngelWithoutWings54 View Post
Are there any benefits in clipping the inside of the ears? Is there anything wrong with it?

Also, can you do it with regular scissors instead of clippers???
I rarely ever trim inside a horse's ears anymore...I will clip the long stuff that makes the ear look scraggy, but the hair can protect the ear from all sorts of stuff, including bugs, and blowing dirt and other stuff picked up by the wind.

HOW you remove that excess hair is up to you, but you have to make sure the horse is desensitized to the sound of clippers or scissors before even attempting to clip around his ears, or you may wind up snipping him with the shear, or nicking the ear with the clipper blade.

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post #3 of 12 Old 06-03-2010, 11:52 AM
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I don't see any real benefit for clipping inside the ears. Unless you show then that's something else altogether for esthetic (sp?) reasons.
Like what mom2pride pointed out - the hair in the ears protects inside the ear canal from bugs and wind, I think if you clipped a lot of the hair out then your horse may be super sensitive to the wind or even a bug buzzing around him.
If you wanted the cleaner look, I would just trim the outside so he didn't have big fuzzy old man ears, lol. If he's used to the clippers already, use those, if not use scissors (being careful of course). If he's not used to clippers this could be the perfect opportunity for a training moment.
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-03-2010, 12:32 PM
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Yes, unless you show, there's no reason to clip the ears. To keep my girls' ears looking decent, I use my fingers to pull out all the long hairs, cup the ear in my hand and "close" it, then cut the hairs sticking out.

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post #5 of 12 Old 06-05-2010, 08:36 PM
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We only clip the long stuff that sticks out of the ears (the stuff that makes them look like old men) but otherwise we let them keep the hair in their ears. I suppose you could clip it, but keep in mind that the hair protects their sensitive eardrums from bugs, dirt, water ect.

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post #6 of 12 Old 06-09-2010, 12:41 PM
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I don't clip the ears, even when I'm showing. I don't really like the way it looks and my horse hates having his ears messed with. I do trim my mom's horse's ears in the spring because he gets those little tufts that stick out. But other than that, I leave them alone.

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I leave enough hair in there to protect, but since I show a lot I like to at least make it look neat.

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post #8 of 12 Old 06-09-2010, 01:49 PM
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I agree with ricci...cup the ear like a soft taco and trim what sticks out. For that show ring look without all the clipping smear a touch of vaseline on those hairs and smooth it all out. After the show, wipe it out as it will collect dirt and dust.
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-09-2010, 02:25 PM
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I don't show, but I do clip all the hair out of the ears on two of my horses. Gnats and no see 'ems are horrible in my area, and the hair doesn't offer enough protection. I have to keep a layer of Swat or Vaseline in their ears at all times to protect them, and the combinatioin of Swat, long hair and dirt is just incredibly nasty. Also, with a clipped ear, I can see immediately if they need more Vaseline or Swat.

My pony's ears are so tiny, and the hair so thick, that the gnats don't bother him, so his I leave alone.

In the winter I just trim the long hair for neatness sake as others have suggested.
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-14-2010, 07:23 PM
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I usually squeeze their ear in half and clip any access hair that sticks out.

I work for an Arabian horse farm that clips out all of the hair on the inside of their ear then their ear is cleaned it out with alcohol. As far as I know this doesn't have any do anything bad to a horses ear.
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