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    12-22-2008, 09:19 PM
  #11
Foal
A good way to find out if the wormer you used could kill the lice is to go back to the feed store and just look at the box. If not just ask the people who work there if they have the powder.

My head is itching just thinking about it. I use to get lice alot growing up and the shampoos worked pretty well. I don't know if you can use them on horses, you can ask your vet though. Just be certain to wash any type of bedding and to clean out the bedding. Goodluck!
     
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    12-22-2008, 10:37 PM
  #12
Trained
Yup, you're going to have to clean EVERYTHING for sure. A thought -- why not groom with a bit of veg oil on your brushes? Lice love clean hair because they can stick to it. They don't like greasy, oily hair because they have a harder time to lay their eggs successfully.

Vinegar / oil shampoo mix works for people, cats and dogs... probably horses too. Put it on all over, let stand for 20 minutes (I think) and brush. Repeat daily? Maybe someone else has heard of this.
     
    12-22-2008, 11:19 PM
  #13
Foal
Yup, just keep up with the treatments and do them for awhile so that you know that you have gotten all of them when the eggs hatch, etc.

If you turn your horse out with another horse, you might want to go ahead and treat him too, just so you know that you are stopping the spread.
     
    12-23-2008, 11:38 AM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by northernmama    
Yup, you're going to have to clean EVERYTHING for sure. A thought -- why not groom with a bit of veg oil on your brushes? Lice love clean hair because they can stick to it. They don't like greasy, oily hair because they have a harder time to lay their eggs successfully.

Vinegar / oil shampoo mix works for people, cats and dogs... probably horses too. Put it on all over, let stand for 20 minutes (I think) and brush. Repeat daily? Maybe someone else has heard of this.

Tee tree oil would probably help keep them off, and it's really good for the hair and skin.
     
    12-23-2008, 01:35 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by meggymoo    
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. :)
Stongid C works better. We just had a talk with our vet about this regarding a resuce pony.

Stongid C inhibits the eggs from hatching therefore breaking the cycle.
     
    12-23-2008, 10:41 PM
  #16
Weanling
I had bought a mini stallion that had lice so bad they has eaten quarter size holes in his neck. I soaped him down in lice shampoo for humans and then for the next 2 months I soaked him and my other mare in bronco fly spray, and I mean soaked! I never had them come back. Since you can not bathe, stick with the powder for lice, I like using python dust if I buy a horse with lice and can not bathe them. As far as other horses, I would powder them too just in case they have gotten them already. I would powder the one who has them and the rest regardless of them having them or not. I brought the new one home and within 3 days my mare had a few on her already. In the spring I would scrub them all down with delicing shampoo and make sure to do a hefty fly/lice spray everyday for a month or two. Spray all the stalls and any equipment used on the horses with lice spray. My vet also told me to put a full tube of ivermectin down him once a week for a month as it would help to kill off the lice from the inside as well as my treatments for the outside. I would check with you vet before doing this though. I know they are a bugger to get rid of and as long as you keep up with a treatment plan that is working until they are gone from everything, then they will be gone for good! That little yearling stallion is now a happy healthy 5 year old with NO LICE! Poor guy, had quarter sized holes that were 1/2inch to 1 inch deep in both sides of his neck and was skin and bones from the lice. He has a severe infestation!
     
    12-23-2008, 11:41 PM
  #17
Started
You can also take teatree oil and put it in a spray bottle to spray on stuff.....lice hate that stuff
     
    12-24-2008, 12:03 AM
  #18
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
Stongid C works better. We just had a talk with our vet about this regarding a resuce pony.

Stongid C inhibits the eggs from hatching therefore breaking the cycle.
Uhm.....not sure this is actually correct. I would double check it.
Pyrantel is only poorly absorbed from the GI tract so not likely to get to skin/hair in sufficient quantities to do anything to lice eggs. And besides, in no species is pyrantel effective against lice.
     
    12-30-2008, 01:52 PM
  #19
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ryle    
Uhm.....not sure this is actually correct. I would double check it.
And besides, in no species is pyrantel effective against lice.
Not true:

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    12-30-2008, 05:17 PM
  #20
Foal
All good advice from the others but you must wash/treat tack and brushes, you and your clothes,
     

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