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post #21 of 36 Old 02-10-2013, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for all the advice, I appreciate it.
It's Sunday so nothing's open but I will check today and go tomorrow morning and buy stuff for it.
I will be sure not to blanket her.
It's a relief I don't have to shave and bathe!
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post #22 of 36 Old 02-10-2013, 01:50 PM
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-.- Our vet said that to be sure we got it all (it is a bad infestation if the horse is losing hair over it), we should shave... however, with extreme cold where you are at, I definitely agree that not shaving would be more beneficial. Treating with the dust and making sure you wear gloves and (and probably a face mask) work it in REALLY well all over her neck, topline and as well as you can into the sides, it should help quite a bit. Be sure to treat her at least twice.

If you look closely around the spot where she lost hair, you might notice the "dandruff" moves :o In which case, NOT DANDRUFF!!!!

And, because I just can't help myself... Ew. Ew. Ew. Ew. EW. I've heard that straw can harbor those icky pests, and it is transmittable between livestock species in many cases, sooooo... your horse probably picked it up somewhere. Again - make sure you keep your horse AWAY from the other horses!
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post #23 of 36 Old 02-10-2013, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks !
How long between treatments? Or is it usually depending on product?
How will I know if it's gone?
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So I'm guessing she's had it for awhile so is it safe to assume her buddy has it too?
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post #25 of 36 Old 02-10-2013, 02:12 PM
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I would check them both, thoroughly! In fact this thread has me so paranoid, I checked my boys this morning, phew, nothing.
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post #26 of 36 Old 02-10-2013, 02:32 PM
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I can't remember the life cycle of the lice, but you will be able to look it up if the product doesn't tell you. Important thing is to kill them, and repeat until after their eggs have hatched to you can kill them too.

I seem to recall that within 4 weeks, IF you have got all the places that they are hiding, then you will have them all.

Don't worry too much about it. It's common, easily transferable, and easily treatable.

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post #27 of 36 Old 02-10-2013, 02:36 PM
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I had a horse who came down with lice. She never had any bald spots but maybe its because we caught it fairly quickly.

The dust did wonders for us. We dewormed the horse (once or twice, I can't remember) and just used the dust as the instructions said to on the bottle and they cleared right up.

Lice usually hang out in the forelock, along the mane and down the topline of the horse. They also like the tail. If its bad enough, the horse will be covered with them. But a general rule for checking is to pick through the base of the forelock and mane. Little white bugs will definitely be there if she has lice.

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post #28 of 36 Old 02-10-2013, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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She was dewormed last month, should I deworm her again?
Thanks everybody for all the help :)
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post #29 of 36 Old 02-10-2013, 03:30 PM
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Before you go down the lice road, part the hair and look very closely at the skin and hair near the skin. If it is lice, you will either see them or lice eggs on the hair near the skin.
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post #30 of 36 Old 02-10-2013, 03:35 PM
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Ok, now I am itching! Thanks guys, lol.
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