At first she was just shaking her head... mostly at the trot. She doesn't really do it other than when I'm riding her. I figured it was flies so I got her a bonnet but it's not really fixing the problem. The ears are too large for her so maybe they're tickling her? When I don't have the bonnet on, her forelock gets on/in her ears... maybe that's tickling her? She only does this when trotting and when we're warming-up and when she's really relaxed. I'd really like to get this issue fixed as it's really disrupting the contact!
The insides of her ears are being bitten alive and I'm constantly finding tiny black bugs in her ears. She really likes it when I get pretty deep down in her ear and scratch.
I'm planning on getting a fly mask with ears tomorrow.. so that should hopefully fix the problem.
Recently, she's been really itchy everywhere. She has like these things on her skin that aren't really scabs or rainrot.. but something in between. Any idea of what this could be and how I should treat it? Sorry I can't really give you a better description! I've only found them on her chest and her belly.
She gets thoroughly groomed (curried/brushed etc) head to toe every day. We've never had this problem. She is kept in northern Virginia