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        06-15-2010, 11:13 AM
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    Originally Posted by EA Alayna    
    I usually squeeze their ear in half and clip any access hair that sticks out.
    This is what I do - I pinch the ear closed and clip straight across where the hair is poking out. Then I just go one around the rims with the clippers. This leaves all of the hair that's actually inside the ear intact to protect from bugs, dirt, etc. while giving them a much cleaner look.
         
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        06-16-2010, 01:37 AM
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    I don't clip Jack's ears unless we are going to a show, and usually I just "pinch" (well, not actually pinch, but hold) the ear closed so the scraggy looking bits stick out, and then I just clip them off. You can do it with scissors, but I would be extremely careful. If you could desensitize your horse to clippers, that would be your best bet.

    But the hair in the ears protects the inside of the ear, so really, it's actually NOT beneficial to straight up clip the hair out of the ears entirely, it can do harm if flies and ticks and such and get lodged in the horses' ears.
         

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