I don't recall ever finding a tick on the horses. I cut down all the trees that had ticks in them, that may be why.
On hubby and the dogs I either use tweezers or a cotton ball with dish washing liquid works but it takes awhile for them to release. I'm usually not that patient and go for the tweezers. The dogs all get Frontline so very rarely do they get ticks.
Believe it or not I've never had a tick attached to me. I must have bad blood
I've had them crawling but not dug in.