Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman View Post
Don't envy you for the tick job...at all
There is a spray version of one if the dog spot-on's, can't think of the name right now, white bottle with blue sprayer. I soaked ticks in that. They die and fall off. Just can't get myself to touch them*shudder*
Oh yes, it's disgusting. The bigger they are, the more terrible twisting them off is! >.<
I'll check out the spot on stuff, but I may just do it by hand since I've got to buy a Nibble Net and this ridiculously expensive poultice that may or may not give Mudpie more of a fighting chance at a better recovery. And that. ;)
Freedom 45 Spot-On - Horse.com
I use this to prevent ticks, and I think I heard someone say that they put it on their horse close to a tick and it fell off dead in seconds!
Not sure if it works THAT well but it's worth a shot I think. At the very least, it's kept them off of my guy. It's a lot less icky than picking them out live and you don't have to worry about heads getting stuck. Just apply it ASAP because while it's not totally rampant, lyme disease can still be a problem in CA. What area are you in? I'm in the bay area, but have lived in central Cali for most of my life.
Once I get her in to a stall, she won't have a problem with gaining new ticks, it'll just be a matter of playing monkey and eeking them all out! ;)
I live between Fresno and Yosemite, about 30ish minutes from both (if you drive like my mother, anyway) in a teensy town that no one's ever heard of. xD I'm fairly new to the area though; up until last June, I lived in Auberry (another tiny town that no one knows of).
For sweet itch horses (I've dealt with a few) I always hog the mane (or roach it... whatever you guys call it on that side of the pond). It lets you get better access to the sores they can develop under the mane. However, if you are going to hog the mane, then get them a good sweet itch rug that will cover them up from the flies, as without the mane they do have less protection. A good fly sheet, lots of fly spray (avon skin so soft is good, I tend to make my own with cold tea, citronella and skin so soft) and wound cream applied daily to the worst bits, and then try to have them stabled when the flies are worst i.e. sunrise and sunset. Horses with sweet itch, with good management, you can barely tell they've got it.
Thanks, that's all really valuable information! :) Hopefully she doesn't have sweet itch and was just reacting to the pond grass stuff that the horses eat when the grazing gets low. xD Irregardless, I'll keep a close eye on her and keep her covered. :)
Do you guys have any tips on technique, or how I should go about roaching/hogging said mane? My understanding thus far is that you usually take scissors and trim it down and then take clippers and shave it like you would a bridle path. Anything else I should know? :) Thanks!! Posted via Mobile Device