Well, I have grazed in the same place for all 4 of my riding years so far and only ever gotten 1-2 ticks throughout an entire year.. I still make sure to tick check all the time however.
Sunday night: Tick checked, nothing, not even one.
Tuesday night: I went out to change covers and nearly fell over backwards, my poor boy was being eaten alive by literally hundreds of the filthy blood sucking creatures.
There were big lumps starting at his cheek bones, going all the way down his neck/chest/belly and legs, a few over the saddle area and a lot on his legs also, I even caught the nasty suckers still crawling up his legs
3 out of 4 legs were all swollen up (as in no definition between hoof and fetlock, and between fetlock and knee/stifle)
Got mum outside to help me get rid of the things, and I alone pulled out and squashed over 50 in the first hour, mum was pulling them out too.
He was not looking his usual self, so I called the vet and asked what to do, she said scrape them off with a knife (
) and cover him with ripcord, so I pulled out as many ticks as I could find, and covered him in ripcord, everywhere but his face (seeing as ripcord IS a poison) I then put a clean cover on him and turned him out, he is now being checked up to 4 times daily.
The lumps are slowly going down, but I know there are more ticks in the lumps that arent going down, the problem is that there are so many of them and they are at the tiny stage, they're insanely hard to see and even harder to get out of him!
What to do!! the vet didn't really suggest much, I'm insanely worried about him getting sick if I don't find and remove all the ticks.
His legs are less swollen now, just a bit puffy today but going down, but what to do about the area's where the ticks have been, and where they nasty creatures still are that I can't get out?
He has raw raised spots where ticks have been, that are crusted over, so I'm not sure whether to pick the crust off, disinfect and treat or leave it be completely.
I just need to get those ticks off and keep them off!! So what idea's you got??