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post #1 of 33 Old 03-08-2012, 03:50 AM Thread Starter
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hundreds of ticks, what the? Where the? How do I fix that!

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??

R.I.P ~ Bubbles - 25yo tb mare - 13.04.2011 ~ 8:30am ~ passed away naturally and peacefully in my arms
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Get some pure Neem Oil off the internet, Mix 5 ml Neem with 3 ml of shampoo and add 1 litre of hot water and wash him all over with the solution. Ticks and lice will drop off and not return - the solution will stay on for at least two weeks.
It will also keep fleas and ticks away from dogs and other flies away from the horse.
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I like Foxhunter's idea...I will have to try that too.

I have been told, but never tried it, you can buy the yellow mineral blocks with the sulphur in it, it is supposedly to discourage the ticks from latching on. But like I said, I don't know that from experience.

There was just another thread similar to this on here last week, there was some good ideas on there too.

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If you have an ungrazed field, turn your horses in to that. Ticks congregate where there is plenty of carbon dioxide which animals give off. They will linger beside a well travelled trail then hop a ride on the host as it passes by.
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build a small chicken coop, get you a bunch of chickens, let em run around the fields, Good eggs and no more ticks.
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post #7 of 33 Old 03-09-2012, 03:44 PM
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Wow i got goosebumps reading this, and im completely creeped out if i would have came out to a horse covering in tick i probably would have just died and then shaved him LOL jk! I have no idea the most i have ever found on my horse was one!
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He is in an ungrazed paddock and we do have chickens :\
I'll have to look at buying the neem oil and the sulphur block, until then I think I'm going to be straining my eyes trying to find and pull the suckers out. I just hope no more come in

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post #9 of 33 Old 03-09-2012, 07:55 PM
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Guinea Hens spend their entire days looking for ticks to eat.

Soak a cotton ball with alcohol and put it on the tick. It will back out.

Spray the horse down with a flyspray that has permethrin in it. Something that will last several days. Ticks are tough. The weaker sprays won't work.

Yuck! I hate ticks. I should get ready for them here. Was a mild winter and the last guinea hen was eaten by coyotes. I had zero ticks when I had a flock of guinea hens going.
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Try covering the ticks in vaseline. They wouldnt be able to breathe and itll kill them.
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