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    05-21-2013, 09:50 PM
Ear infections??

I am just wondering, do horses get ear infections? (I assume they do since they have ears!). My gelding has been throwing his head around a lot- not just tossing but throwing it in the air and swinging it as if something is bothering him. He does have a skin condition on his face like sweet itch that I am treating, but he does this a lot and did it even before the skin condition showed up. He tries to rub his ears on people too, and I have tried to discourage it but if it is a condition or something causing him discomfort I want to treat it rather than punish the behavior.
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    05-21-2013, 10:13 PM
It can happen. They can also get parasites in their ears. I would call the vet and see what they say.
    05-21-2013, 11:03 PM
I will definitely be calling the vet, but just wondered what sort of input I would get here- I have NEVER had a horse with an ear infection, in my 30-plus years of owning horses, but life is like that- it can throw you a curve ball when you least expect it! I am wondering though, what parasites you are talking about? I know dogs and cats can get ear mites, but horses? I have never heard of this! Please educate me.
    05-21-2013, 11:07 PM
I've seen a lot of damage from ticks and flies, and I think these really nasty little gnat things. Not sure if the get mites or not. Another thing that can happen is they get something embedded in or just outside the ear. Thay usually makes them head shy, though.

I knew a farmer that treated his horses with screwworm spray on their ears, but I was young at the time and don't remember the details.

If they sweat a lot under the bridle, that can also make them very itchy
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    05-22-2013, 10:37 AM
He IS head shy, I have to really work with him to get him to let me do anything with his head, ears, etc.

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