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Ok, I was messing with Rosie this evening just seeing what exactly she would let me get by with without freaking out. But anyway, I'm looking in her ear, and I see what looks like little black spots. I rubbed them, and they came off and started kind of bleeding a little bit. Not enough to run down into her ear, but I still got a small cloth and applied pressure to it. Does anybody know what this could be, and what I can do to get it healed up?

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It sounds like lice or mites as it isn't really the right season for flies just yet (though I did have a few around this weekend. argh- not yet!!) I would keep them cleaned up and if they keep coming back it might be time for a closer investigation. Mites and lice are generally visible to the naked eye if you can get close enough and get her to stand still for a few seconds.
 

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I'll try and keep them cleaned up. The main reason I was messing with her ears was to see if she might actually stand for clippers. The vet is coming back out on the 22nd of this month to give her booster shots. (Her previous owner didn't keep up on anything but the Coggins and Rabies) If they haven't cleared up by then, I'll have him give them a quick check.

Would it be safe to wet a rag with Betadine and water to clean them out? I just want to get them good and clean, and maybe put a thin coat of Bag Balm on the spots. If not the balm, I'm definitely open to suggestions.
 

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Use a rag soaked in mineral oil. The oil coats the lice/mites and suffocates them. Then, later, you can wipe out the residue. It is messy, but it works without putting strong miticides in their ears.
 

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Now that I CAN do!!! With it being oil, I'll just use a damp rag to clean the ear out first. Let her graze for a bit to let it dry, then do the oil. Should I actually try to clip her ears first?
 

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My mare had that same problem when I got her. I used a topical mite medicament ( I didn't know about mineral oil! ) In the winter months, I keep her ears clipped and wipe them out with a damp cloth. In the summer, I keep her in a fly mask with ears or apply that pink goo that smells like pine tar to the insides of her ears and under her chin. Now they are soft and she loves when I massage them! She used to dislike her ears to be touched when they had mites. I'm sure it didn't feel so good!
 

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My mare had that same problem when I got her. I used a topical mite medicament ( I didn't know about mineral oil! ) In the winter months, I keep her ears clipped and wipe them out with a damp cloth. In the summer, I keep her in a fly mask with ears or apply that pink goo that smells like pine tar to the insides of her ears and under her chin. Now they are soft and she loves when I massage them! She used to dislike her ears to be touched when they had mites. I'm sure it didn't feel so good!
Don't forget to put the "pink goo" on the cowlick on the belly. That is a favorite biting spot for cattle and horse flies. Your horse will thank you.

Ear clipping does help. But, once you clip the hair, you must keep a mask with ears on them. You will be taking away their one protection from future fly bites by clipping the hair.
 
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