Is there anyway to prevent this? Ticks just love to live in my horses ear, and it seems to be getting worse. Today there was 20 or so little ones in each ear. I felt so bad for him. I keep pulling them out each night, and they are leaving sores all inside his ear. There are no ticks on the other horses, and they are in the same paddock. Maybe I could put some tick spray around his ears?
Last summer Vida started getting very head shy. I knew there was something wrong so I had the vet out and since she was so goofy about letting us look, we just put some antibiotic dust down in there.
I waited a few days and it didn't get better. I loaded her up and took her into his office. He sedated her and clipped the hair out of her ear. She had a tick way down it there that we couldn't even see without the clipping. He got it dug out and cleaned up. She was fine after that.
It's amazing how far down in the ear they can get, and what problems they can cause.
We had a few occurrences this summer... The vet sedated him so we could dig them all out and then did some injectable ivermectin. A boarder mixed some triple antibiotic ointment and desitin and put it in her horses ears and it cured right up. This is why I liked to keep my horses ears clipped.. The less hair in there the less desirable place it is for ticks and they are easier to treat if there are. VallyVet has this stuff that's made for ear ticks though.. You could always try that alothough I havn't used it yet.
My horse gets it very bad also every summer, but none of the other horses do. I got some prescription parasitic gel (can't remember whats its called) pretty cheap (like 15$ or something) and just use a bit of that in their ears. Each application lasted me at least a week. It is good stuff, worked wonders!