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Hi yall! well my black newly 4 year old shire has encredibaly itchy ears(On the inside of them)To the point to where we can't even put his halter on with out having a fight. and the vet says that it is probably fly bites and to spray fly spray in his ears. Well we tryed that, and it helped a little, but not really, so then, someone said that we should do that freedom stuff. that worked for a while, like 3 days without scraching, but then he started up again. As you might imagine, a fly mask with ears would be incredably hard to get on if we cant even put his halter on (hardly). So what can I do? I REALLY DON'T WANT HIM TO HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THIS!! He also has itchy feathers, what can i do for that? PLEASE HELP ME!!

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Hi yall! well my black newly 4 year old shire has encredibaly itchy ears(On the inside of them)To the point to where we can't even put his halter on with out having a fight. and the vet says that it is probably fly bites and to spray fly spray in his ears. Well we tryed that, and it helped a little, but not really, so then, someone said that we should do that freedom stuff. that worked for a while, like 3 days without scraching, but then he started up again. As you might imagine, a fly mask with ears would be incredably hard to get on if we cant even put his halter on (hardly). So what can I do? I REALLY DON'T WANT HIM TO HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THIS!! He also has itchy feathers, what can i do for that? PLEASE HELP ME!!

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Has your vet actually looked at them? WHy is it a fight to get the halter on? I guess I dont quite understand whats going on, a horse should not be so itchy you cant handle its head, sounds like it might be something else. Ear mites maybe? Maybe he is just being a brat? My horses get itchy ears sometimes too, but the worst they try to do is rub on you, what is he doing?

Have you cleaned his ears out? Like with a rag? Really get in there and clean out all the wax and stuff?

If they really are just bites, a mask with ears should make all the difference. You are just going to have to train him to wear the flymask with ears, even if he is itchy or in pain, he is being disrespectufl by not letting you handle him.

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Has your vet actually looked at them? WHy is it a fight to get the halter on? I guess I dont quite understand whats going on, a horse should not be so itchy you cant handle its head, sounds like it might be something else. Ear mites maybe? Maybe he is just being a brat? My horses get itchy ears sometimes too, but the worst they try to do is rub on you, what is he doing?

Have you cleaned his ears out? Like with a rag? Really get in there and clean out all the wax and stuff?

If they really are just bites, a mask with ears should make all the difference. You are just going to have to train him to wear the flymask with ears, even if he is itchy or in pain, he is being disrespectufl by not letting you handle him.

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Listen, YOU CAN'T TOUCH HIS EARS AT ALL! It hurts him! and yes our vet has looked at them while he was sedated from getting his teeth floted and it STILL was a challenge to look inside of them. and it says already you can't get his halter on bc his ears hurt sooooo badly he wants no one near them.

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Listen, YOU CAN'T TOUCH HIS EARS AT ALL! It hurts him! and yes our vet has looked at them while he was sedated from getting his teeth floted and it STILL was a challenge to look inside of them. and it says already you can't get his halter on bc his ears hurt sooooo badly he wants no one near them.

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There is a BIG difference between itchy and painful! No need to get all pissy just because you didnt explain things well [Roll Eyes]

Sounds like you need to take him to a specialist, because this sounds like a very serious problem, your horse is suffering and you need to figure out why. Take him to a better vet!

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There is a BIG difference between itchy and painful! No need to get all pissy just because you didnt explain things well [Roll Eyes]

Sounds like you need to take him to a specialist, because this sounds like a very serious problem, your horse is suffering and you need to figure out why. Take him to a better vet!

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sounds head shy to me. what kind of place did you get him from? do you know any of his history?

to get a halter on him i'd unbuckle the crown piece and slide it on that way, you won't have to touch his ears then you can tie him/get someone to hold him/twitch him/whatever and you can get a good look inside his ears.

i've had horses with fly/insect bites in their ears before, they've never been in so much pain that they refuse to let me treat them.

SO.

1. contact a vet [one that doesn't suggest *spraying* flyspray in his ears would be nice]

2. halter horse the annoying way [unbuckling crowne piece, etc.

3. have someone hold horse and/or twitch him if you can to get a good look inside his ears

4. thoroughly clean out ears. i would just use a damp rag or sponge at this point until you know more about what's wrong

5. apply something like neosporin to the affected area. again, just until you find out more what's wrong with him from a vet.

at least that's what i would try/work on until i could get in touch with a vet. i wouldn't want to be putting anything super 'involved' in his ears until i knew more about what was going on in there. you can rarely go wrong with rinsing with water and applying an anti biotic, i think.

i would guess that if he did have insect irritation that bad that flyspray would irritate it more, especially if you're spraying directly into his ear.

if you sprayed directly into his ear it probably dripped down into his inner ear and either did some major irritation, burned him, or even caused some type of infection. in this case i believe he'd need his ears flushed out....which i'd want a vet to do.

either way you need to call a different veterinarian.

[ 09-15-2007, 09:58 PM: Message edited by: JumperCrazy ]

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sounds head shy to me. what kind of place did you get him from? do you know any of his history?

to get a halter on him i'd unbuckle the crown piece and slide it on that way, you won't have to touch his ears then you can tie him/get someone to hold him/twitch him/whatever and you can get a good look inside his ears.

i've had horses with fly/insect bites in their ears before, they've never been in so much pain that they refuse to let me treat them.

SO.

1. contact a vet [one that doesn't suggest *spraying* flyspray in his ears would be nice]

2. halter horse the annoying way [unbuckling crowne piece, etc.

3. have someone hold horse and/or twitch him if you can to get a good look inside his ears

4. thoroughly clean out ears. i would just use a damp rag or sponge at this point until you know more about what's wrong

5. apply something like neosporin to the affected area. again, just until you find out more what's wrong with him from a vet.

at least that's what i would try/work on until i could get in touch with a vet. i wouldn't want to be putting anything super 'involved' in his ears until i knew more about what was going on in there. you can rarely go wrong with rinsing with water and applying an anti biotic, i think.

i would guess that if he did have insect irritation that bad that flyspray would irritate it more, especially if you're spraying directly into his ear.

if you sprayed directly into his ear it probably dripped down into his inner ear and either did some major irritation, burned him, or even caused some type of infection. in this case i believe he'd need his ears flushed out....which i'd want a vet to do.

either way you need to call a different veterinarian.

[ 09-15-2007, 09:58 PM: Message edited by: JumperCrazy ]

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hmmmm I really do not get it.. some people come on here and ask a question and when others answer them, the best they can with what information is given and then the person asking the question gets all huffy, pissy and STARTS YELLING.... I just don't get it. [Confused]

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hmmmm I really do not get it.. some people come on here and ask a question and when others answer them, the best they can with what information is given and then the person asking the question gets all huffy, pissy and STARTS YELLING.... I just don't get it. [Confused]

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ok guys I am not being rude, I am using caps to make my point clear since i dont know how to use italics on this site. by the way, i already unbuckle the halter before putting it on so that just goes to show you that he REALLY does not like his ears being touched, or anyone being around them.

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ok guys I am not being rude, I am using caps to make my point clear since i dont know how to use italics on this site. by the way, i already unbuckle the halter before putting it on so that just goes to show you that he REALLY does not like his ears being touched, or anyone being around them.

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when we got our filly she was the same way and we got some ear mite lotion from the feed store and put that in her ears.It was not an easy task. (you might want to buy 2 bottles) but in about a few days you could touch her ears.

the lotion is called "durvet ear mite repellent lotion" Good Luck. [Wink]

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when we got our filly she was the same way and we got some ear mite lotion from the feed store and put that in her ears.It was not an easy task. (you might want to buy 2 bottles) but in about a few days you could touch her ears.

the lotion is called "durvet ear mite repellent lotion" Good Luck. [Wink]

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I am feeding garlic powder (made for horses) to my horse because the flys eat him up so bad. It's probably too late in the season for you now, as it takes a couple of weeks to be effective, but you could use it next year. It has really made a difference for my horse this year. The first thing you have to do is protect his ears from the flys before you can work with him on letting you handle them. Protect his eyes and flyspray his ears real well. There are pour-on products that do help some. The best for biting flys on ears is FlysAway, but you have to be able to touch the ears to apply it. It is like a heavy vaseline with fly spray in it, works great on dogs ears too. I think if nothing else maybe you should get him a flymask with ears then have the vet sedate him to put it on if necessary.

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I am feeding garlic powder (made for horses) to my horse because the flys eat him up so bad. It's probably too late in the season for you now, as it takes a couple of weeks to be effective, but you could use it next year. It has really made a difference for my horse this year. The first thing you have to do is protect his ears from the flys before you can work with him on letting you handle them. Protect his eyes and flyspray his ears real well. There are pour-on products that do help some. The best for biting flys on ears is FlysAway, but you have to be able to touch the ears to apply it. It is like a heavy vaseline with fly spray in it, works great on dogs ears too. I think if nothing else maybe you should get him a flymask with ears then have the vet sedate him to put it on if necessary.

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Sounds like ear mites have caused him to become relatively headshy. Get a vet out to treat him for it, and if you've sprayed flyspray on his ears, have the vet check for damage to the inside of the ear. Then, after he's been treated for the mites, start working with him on haltering and stuff.

And in the future, caps is considered yelling, so people are going to get miffed about it. If there's something you haven't learned on HC, ask someone.

To do italics you type and then the word and then

Keep us updated.

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I have not tried this, but I have heard that you can put corn oil on a cotton ball and swap the inner ear. The corn oil will prevent ear mites. Works on cats, may work on horses. My friends horse has the same problem with his ears, and she is always apply swat. It takes her awhile to get it in there, because they are sensitive to having their ears touch. Try either the swat or the oil. Good luck, I didn't think you were pissy........

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Sounds like ear mites have caused him to become relatively headshy. Get a vet out to treat him for it, and if you've sprayed flyspray on his ears, have the vet check for damage to the inside of the ear. Then, after he's been treated for the mites, start working with him on haltering and stuff.

And in the future, caps is considered yelling, so people are going to get miffed about it. If there's something you haven't learned on HC, ask someone.

To do italics you type and then the word and then

Keep us updated.

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I have not tried this, but I have heard that you can put corn oil on a cotton ball and swap the inner ear. The corn oil will prevent ear mites. Works on cats, may work on horses. My friends horse has the same problem with his ears, and she is always apply swat. It takes her awhile to get it in there, because they are sensitive to having their ears touch. Try either the swat or the oil. Good luck, I didn't think you were pissy........

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