Earplugs for Equines: Can You Hear Me Now?

“If you are going to submit your horse to repetitive loud noises, earplugs are a good idea,” said Lucy Hirsch, DVM, of Jackson Animal Clinic, in Platte City, Mo. The bonus? Not only can they protect the horse’s ears, they can help the horse perform m
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Horses’ ears are notoriously sensitive; it seems they can detect the "snap" of a carrot or the rattle of a grain scoop from the far end of the pasture. The delicate internal auditory structures of the horse are designed to help him pick up the slightest hint of a physical threat (or dinner) and–just as we would shield our own ears at a rock concert or around heavy machinery– we need to protect our horses’ from damage associated with loud noises. Enter earplugs for horses.

"If you are going to submit your horse to repetitive loud noises, earplugs are a good idea," said Lucy Hirsch, DVM, of Jackson Animal Clinic, in Platte City, Mo. The bonus? Not only can they protect the horse’s ears, they can help the horse perform more comfortably.

 

Earplugs for horses protect equine hearing

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Marsha Hayes has been covering endurance, trail, and other equine topics since 2005. She believes every horse has a story.

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