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        03-02-2012, 05:38 PM
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    Foal
    Yikes he got ticks!

    So I put my boy out today and went off to work, when I brought him back in I took his blanket off and found four ticks on his chest area. Is there any special way to remove them? Is there any kind of tick repellant or does fly spray serve the same purpose?

    Thanks!
         
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        03-02-2012, 05:44 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    I can't tell you how to remove them as I have no experience doing that, but I would suggest checking everywhere else for ticks. I've heard that they often go under a horses tail.
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        03-02-2012, 05:49 PM
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    Trained
    If they're just attaching, you can just pull them off. If they have already started to bury in, cover them with a dab of vasoline....they'll either back out or suffocate. Most fly spray products also repel ticks, but just like with flies they are not usually effective for very long. Check the chest and armpit areas often..those are their favorite places.
         
        03-02-2012, 05:55 PM
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    Trained
    I was always told not pull them straight out but rather twist them clockwise and very lightly pull. I usually get the head, but I like the idea of the Vasoline, I will try that.

    If it is an on going problem I have been told that putting a salt/mineral block with sulphur(the yellow ones) will help but I have never tried it.
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        03-02-2012, 06:13 PM
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    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
    If they're just attaching, you can just pull them off. If they have already started to bury in, cover them with a dab of vasoline....they'll either back out or suffocate. Most fly spray products also repel ticks, but just like with flies they are not usually effective for very long. Check the chest and armpit areas often..those are their favorite places.
    Thats the thing I don't know how long they have been on him because it hasn't been to warm here and I wasn't expecting to see ticks but thank God I found them before they sucked the life out of him. Thanks for the advice though
         
        03-02-2012, 06:15 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
    I was always told not pull them straight out but rather twist them clockwise and very lightly pull. I usually get the head, but I like the idea of the Vasoline, I will try that.

    If it is an on going problem I have been told that putting a salt/mineral block with sulphur(the yellow ones) will help but I have never tried it.
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    Thanks for the tip I'll give it a try this spring because I just recently got my horse and my brother and dad had terrible trouble last spring with ticks.
         
        03-02-2012, 06:17 PM
      #7
    Yearling
    Twist them off clockwise. If there's any raw spots, spray them with Vetericyn or something like it. (: Mudpie gets lots of ticks, too. I'm pretty sure that there's nothing you can do to prevent it when they live with trees, bushes, etc., but as long as you take care of them, it's good!
         
        03-02-2012, 06:27 PM
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    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mudpie    
    Twist them off clockwise. If there's any raw spots, spray them with Vetericyn or something like it. (: Mudpie gets lots of ticks, too. I'm pretty sure that there's nothing you can do to prevent it when they live with trees, bushes, etc., but as long as you take care of them, it's good!
    The best prevention is to keep your pastures mowed. You'll find the most ticks in tall grass waiting for a ride on a passing foot or tail.
         
        03-02-2012, 06:27 PM
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    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mudpie    
    Twist them off clockwise. If there's any raw spots, spray them with Vetericyn or something like it. (: Mudpie gets lots of ticks, too. I'm pretty sure that there's nothing you can do to prevent it when they live with trees, bushes, etc., but as long as you take care of them, it's good!
    It was beyond raw spots he lost two big patches of hair. And I was using Vetericyn about two times a day.
         
        03-02-2012, 06:31 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    I don't like to pull or twist I hold rubbing alcohol or peroxide over them with a rag and they fall right out! You don't have to worry about the head borrowing or anything =)
         

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