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Silence is Golden: Equine Earplugs

There are many different varieties of 'ear stuffies,' but the desired effect is to slightly muffle the sensory reaction to noises that may cause a horse to spook or start. I prefer the cotton 'pom poms' over the foam cat balls or memory foam stuffies, as I feel they better allow you to get them in the correct position within the horse's ear. When applied correctly – not too far down into the horse's ear or 'overstuffed' – it causes no discomfort to the horse and in my experience allows them to be even more confident when they are in an unfamiliar environment. The majority of my hunters and equitation horses go to the ring with them. The horses can still hear and react (believe me, they still hear me cluck when I'm standing outside the ring) but it slightly muffles the sounds. Horses are flight animals, and if they…

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