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post #1 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Foals COVERED with ticks. HELP!

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I'm new to this forum as well as to the whole deal. We rescued 3 foals (poor health, all weak and undernourished) and they arrived today. We were shocked to see that they were literally covered in ticks! What to do? How to remove them? I've read a lot today and all i've found was about removing ticks manually. Well it will take ages to do that in our case. Please help!!
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post #2 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 01:41 PM
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You could try a tick shampoo but mainly they have to be manually removed. Do the big ones first as they have been on longer. That many ticks can make those babies sick.
I've only seen ticks in manes & tails, that was gross enough for me.
Thank you for helping these babies.
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post #3 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 01:54 PM
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Manually, and CAREFULLY so you don't leave heads behind, is the only way to remove them. I'd also stand those foals on a tarp so that when you're done you can roll it up and toss the whole kitandkaboodle. POOR BABIES!
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post #4 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 02:30 PM
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Coat the foals in vaseline. Ticks breath out of their butts, so the vaseline will suffocate them and they will die.
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post #5 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 03:09 PM
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Coat the foals in vaseline. Ticks breath out of their butts, so the vaseline will suffocate them and they will die.
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This doesn't actually work. We tried it on a dog a long time ago. The vet also told us that doesn't work and neither does gasoline (which a friend had recommended) or a hot blown out match held to the tick. Unfortunately, you just have to do it by hand and carefully. I don't think they have come up with a shampoo for them (like they have for fleas) yet.

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post #6 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 06:16 PM
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IMO nothing will work against killing the ticks while they are on there, you've just gotta pull them out! :P have a bucket filled with water next to you so you can just drop them in there as you pick them out.
Hopefully your property doesn't harbour ticks...With my horse, the first place I had him had LOTS of ticks...There were hundreds on him and the sprays didn't keep them off much! He has since moved properties and now, I will only find one tick occasionally on his muzzle or on his leg. I pull them out and squish them between my fingernails.
Poor babies! Hope they are tick free very soon!
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post #7 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 06:48 PM
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Poor babies, atleast uou gave them a home, would love pics (up to you) when they are tickless :P
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post #8 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 06:57 PM
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My horses get lots of ticks and I've been using vaseline for years. My vet recommended it actually.
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post #9 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 07:12 PM
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Poor little fellows!!! Pulling them out is all I would know how to do it. Biscuit had 2 big ones on his chest right after I got him and later this year one up on his neck that I removed. It left a scab for the longest.

Ticks are nasty and can really make a horse sick. God bless you for helping these poor babies.
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post #10 of 21 Old 11-20-2011, 07:33 PM
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Wouldn't deworming with Ivermectin (presuming the foals are healthy enough to be medicated) kill them?
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