Conditions or ailments that are the cause of a problem that you see - your observation.

Your vet may diagnose

External Ear Infections

Synonyms: Otitis Externa


External ear infections are not common in horses. A dark waxy material is normally found in the external ear canal of horses, while pus is not. Occasionally, however, a horse does have a significant infection marked by obvious drainage from the ear in combination with head tilt or head shaking.

Infection is often a consequence of some other underlying disorder such as an ear foreign body, tumor, ear ticks or ear mites.

my vet's role


In most cases, simple treatment with washing of the ear canal and treatment with steroid or antibiotic ointments is sufficient to resolve the problem. The key is identifying and treating the underlying disorder.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP