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Old 10-18-2007, 07:58 PM  
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Exclamation Bugs in his ears

One of my friends horses has bugs in his ears, but the thing is I rubbed my thumb inside of his ear and a few of these bugs popped and I pulled my thumb out and blood was all over it. It kinda grossed me out but they aren't ticks unless ticks can fly but they look like larger gnats to me. Anyone know what these bugs are and if they can harm the horse? Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:03 PM  
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WOW I have never heard of that I'd be interested in hearing this one.
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I don't know what they are called technically. I call them ear gnats. My horse gets them quite bad cause he doesn't have alot of hair in his ears. I have used vaseline on the very outer hairs to repel them. I have had them so bad that the horse was ear shy because of the pain.
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We get em bad her.. gnat type...
I use SWAT in their ears.. It is healing and repels those nasty things...
The little blood sucking heathens will make their ears sore and can make 'em headshy.. But after a few times of the swat stuff my guys all come and put their heads down for me. I will admit that before they came out with the clear Swat, every one looked pretty funny with pink ears!!!!
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I don't have any idea what they might be, but I would say that any insect that attaches itself and drinks blood, could transmit disease. This is just a guess though!
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:29 PM  
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Nasty little flies is what they are. They will also pick spots on thier bellies and so many bite in one place they will make sores.

For the belly sores any kind of cream ointment works.

Fly masks with ears help. The swat works good too. I don't shave my horses ears either because of them. Nasty Nasty little bugs!!! If your horses don't mind and mine love it I grab the ear on the outside and smash and rub the sides together. Smooshes them dead! But some horses REALLY don't like that. Mine are wierd.

Mine horse loves it when I do that. I use utter balm on his belly, the flies bite at him in one particular spot and it drives me and him crazy!
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:59 PM  
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**** bugs!
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Old 10-18-2007, 09:05 PM  
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Sounds like possible ear mites. They can get quite nasty. Your local feed store should carry ear mite powder. It is the same powder used for dogs and cats. It is fairly inexpensive and works pretty quickly.
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Old 10-18-2007, 09:08 PM  
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Poor horse, that has to be so uncomfortable. I wish I could help, you, but I never had that problem. I would consult a vet - don't want any open wounds or infections. If the horse gets too infested, would watch for neuro problems. Reason why I use fly masks with ears and I don't shave the hair out of my horses ears. Florida is horrible- esp in the summer.
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They aren't ear mites. They're some type of fly. My horses get them too but I don't think it was as bad this year. Maybe because of the dry weather. I squirt some fly spray in my hand & rub in & on their ears.
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:23 PM  
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Oh yes, I know them well. I will check my horses in the spring, rubbing my thumb upwards in the ears. I try to catch them early, but sometimes I get the bloody thumb! We have them every year, nasty little flies! I use the roll-on, Farnam or Endure.
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Old 10-19-2007, 07:36 AM  
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My herd gets them a lot in the summer. I use a little Swat in their ears and it works to heal the bites and repels the insects.
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Old 10-19-2007, 07:50 AM  
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I don't know what they are called technically. I call them ear gnats. My horse gets them quite bad cause he doesn't have alot of hair in his ears. I have used vaseline on the very outer hairs to repel them. I have had them so bad that the horse was ear shy because of the pain.
I have had the same experience. My horse was so head shy I would have to literally take my bridle apart and reassemble it on his head. I'll tell you what worked for me. Lime...I went to lowe's and bought a bag of lime dust, like you lime stalls with. put a handfull in a lady's stocking (my ganny calls them knee highs) and patted it around his ears then sprinkled a little in each ear, every day for a couple weeks. It got rid of them.
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