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The bugs have really started bothering Babe's ears bad... I noticed last night that she ...
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    The bugs have really started bothering Babe's ears bad... I noticed last night that she had bug bites all the way around, and inside of her ears... it was nothing but scabs.

    So last night I worked with her for quite some time, scratching and removing the scabs... keep in mind that she HATES having her ears touched, so getting inside and rubbing was quite tough, but she made me proud at how much she tolerated.

    Anyways, what exactly should I do to make her ears feel better? I was thinking maybe removing the scabs and cleaning the ears with alcohol swabs, but I wanted to check first. Anyone else have any other recommendations? Maybe I should just clean them well and then put repellent on her?

    I've tried using her fly mask on her, and she always manages to get it off...


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    I don't usually have this problem with my guys because I don't clip in their ears so they don't get too many bug bites in there but a friend of mine uses Avon Skin so Soft and she says it works wonders (as well as for the bites they get on their chests) and apparently she says it has gotten rid of the white plaque in her horse's ears.

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    I started using this stuff called Espace coat conditioner. It's a fly repellent and conditioner that really helps with flies in ears, noses and other hard to reach areas. It not only kept the flies off, but it also healed the scabs really well.
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    These gnats/bugs get worse with the heat. The bugs discover the shade and unprotected skin inside the ears.

    I use a $2 bottle of cream from the pet store, designes for ear mites in dogs. Our local feed store handles it as well.
    The cream is soothing and I allpy it slowly, letting it sooth the sores, them once the scabs are loose, I can easily bub them off.
    I found a tick on one horses ear yesterday and she would not let me touch the ear. I was able to feed a treat with one hand and sprayed a little fly spray on the tick before she moved away. Last night the tick was gone and I was finally able rub some cream on he sore the tick had left.
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    Swat works very well. I put it at the tips of Della's ears and around the inside at the edges. She never has any problems with bugs at her ears.

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    To prevent bites on her ears, I use Farnam's Roll-On fly spray. It seems to work very well.

    I've heard Swat works well, too.
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    mtroika has a great recipe for swat if you don't want to buy it, I recommend it and use it. You just rub some on the inside of their ears every 3-4 days, its looks gross but works.
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    i would say give them a good wash an make sure you apply enough fly cream!
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    Sorry, but hair left inside the ears will hide the bugs and give them something to hang on to and allow them to stay in place and bite more.
    Move that hair around daily and get those flys and gnats out of your horse's ears!
    Put something like Swat or the Farnam Roll on Insect Repellent on the ears often and if your horse will wear one, use one of those fly masks that also cover the ears.
    In this sort of weather you should check those ears daily...especially if your horse is not wearing any sort of netting and there is hair in them!.
    Remember while your thinking that hair might be for protection of the ears...it also protects those pesky bugs that are biting your horse. So move it around and get those bugs out of there!!!!
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    Thanks guys.

    Babe's ears are not clipped... and yes, I am one of those who assumed the hair kept bugs out... not in. I guess you learn something new everyday.

    Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I'm going to give them a nice cleaning and then apply some nice cream to her ears to keep the bugs out.. thanks again.

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