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    03-14-2007, 10:58 PM
How can I get rid of my horse's lice??

Hello again
I just found out that my horse's bald spots are from lice. I am using a powder made for that . But I was wondering if anyone knew how long it would take to get rid of them ?And how to prevent another horse from getting them??
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    03-14-2007, 11:39 PM
There are shampoos you can get to prevent lice. It could take a while to get rid of them but just keep treating them regularly and you'll get them!!
    03-14-2007, 11:53 PM
I can't bath him right now but I plan to as soon as it gets warmer.. thank you for the info do you know how far apart to keep another horse so he doesn't get it too??
    03-15-2007, 03:51 AM
Green Broke
There's a powder too, which you could use for now as you can't bath him. Might stop them from getting worse.
Poor boy, and poor you.
    03-15-2007, 03:57 PM
How do horses get lice. He was by himself when I went to get him in jan. But he did have the spots then and I was told it was from rubbing..... But then again he wasn't taken care at all.. :(
    03-15-2007, 04:11 PM
Green Broke
They can catch lice from any kind of animal, be it birds etc
The eggs are layed on the coat and usually hatch out within 10 days.
Apparently they like the comfort of long hair, and during the winter months their numbers build up, so they are at their highest in the early spring.
Its recommended that coats are clipped and to break the two week cycle that lice have you should wash the coat with a insecticidal shampoo or thoroughly dust with lice powder.
You can also buy some wormers that have "ivermectin" in these have a useful side action of killing lice.
Check with your vet first though, before using the wormer. :)
    03-16-2007, 04:51 PM
A friend of mine had a horse that was alive with lice she got some switch from the vet and the lice all died within 3 days and so far no more have been seen
    03-16-2007, 05:01 PM
Thank you all for the info . That is great about the wormer because I just wormed him with a wormer that had ivermectin (sp?) in it. So I'm hoping that will help. Also can dogs get lice from a horse. My dog is around him but I don't think they have ever touched .. The product that your friend got was called switch??? Again thanks to everyone ...
    12-19-2008, 10:53 PM
Eeeeeehhh, I started itching and tingling just when I read the title. One of our ponies got lice/mites/whatever, and it was a nightmare (no so much the getting rid of them, just him having them at all). I couldn't hardly walk past him without them getting on me, my mom and sister didn't have a problem, they could lead him and pet him and treat him. I have realllyy long hair, and I am fine with bugs and spiders and stuff, but I HATE lice-type things, and would get on me so fast. Ugh, I'm glad that's over.

Sorry, not very helpful, just reminiscing :).
    12-20-2008, 09:59 AM
The get lice from other infected horses or infected items like blankets, brushes, etc.

To treat lice you have to use an appropriate product (powder, shampoo, etc) once every 10 days for 3 treatments. And you need to also treat all blankets, brushes, halters, etc that could serve as a source of reinfection.

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