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post #1 of 19 Old 03-18-2009, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Help my boarders horse has little bugs.

ok so today my boarder asked me to groom her horse (trying to get them all shedded out) as I am doing this I notice these tiny little bugs in his mane and under it and in the armpit area. What the heck are these and how do I get rid of them? are they something my horses will get? I checked all mine and didn't see anything but now I am really worried.some help please?!!!
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post #2 of 19 Old 03-18-2009, 06:27 PM
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Are they white? Because it sounds like lice...
If so you need to get a medicated lice powder and also give him an iodine bath.
I've heard that using lice shampoo for humans is also a possibility.

If they arent lice than can you give me a better description?
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post #3 of 19 Old 03-18-2009, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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yes they are white and tiny. where can I buy the stuff to treat this?
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post #4 of 19 Old 03-18-2009, 06:41 PM
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Umm...
I would ask your vet if they have a special lice shampoo and/or lice powder. I would also check your local tack store...they might have some. If the area the lice cover isnt too large, you may be able to use lice shampoo for humans. Remember, human shampoo isnt concentrated, so you can put it straight on the horse. I dont know anything about how you use the shampoo or powder...Ive never had any lice problems.

Ask your vet how to administer it.
Hope this helped :)
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post #5 of 19 Old 03-18-2009, 06:47 PM
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And yes it can spread to other horses.
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post #6 of 19 Old 03-18-2009, 07:11 PM
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My horses get lice all the time from the cattle. We bought a pour-on de-louser that is safe for use on horses. You simply pour a line from their poll to their rump, and it soaks into the bloodstream and kills the lice from the inside.

They do spread, and they are heard to see on some horses, so I would treat the whole lot.

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post #7 of 19 Old 03-18-2009, 10:55 PM
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Deworm the horse with Ivermectin, he probably needs it anyways, and whatever bugs are biting him while it's in his bloodsteam will be killed, and follow through with a good fly spray/powder. Don't use the same grooming tools on him and other horses, and keep him separate in the mean time.
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post #8 of 19 Old 03-18-2009, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks I ran out to tractor supply and bought some lice powder. I am def going to treat everyone!! One more thing though should I treat my hair as well ? will I get them?
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post #9 of 19 Old 03-18-2009, 11:26 PM
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Humans can get lice too...
So if I were you I would go ahead and treat yourself too...that way you can go ahead and stop them from multiplying and spreading to people you are with.
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post #10 of 19 Old 03-18-2009, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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thanks and what do you think about giving him a body clip before treating him?
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