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post #1 of 21 Old 07-30-2011, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question lice,cant stop rubbing off her hair,any advise appreciated.thank u eileen.

could someone please help me with lice?my horse has them i have treated her with swift,& itching powder but she cant stop rubbing against trees or anything that she can to scratch herself.she has bald patches on her neck,rump all down her back and withers, i feel so sorry for her & dont konw what else to do for her.she has been sick and lost a lot of weight,i have built her up now & she looks good except for all the bald patches her name is farrah & she is 22years old.i love her & want to help but im at my wits end.any info on what to do would be greatly appreciated,thanks so much.eileen
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-30-2011, 08:46 PM
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I used Hi Yeild powder 1x a week for 3 weeks, scrubbing it in with a hard brush all ove mane, body, & tail and it took care of adults & eggs then I a dandruff shampoo from aloe adavantage and she was good as gold. I hope I may have helped you!
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post #3 of 21 Old 07-30-2011, 09:02 PM
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How does a horse get lice? Never encountered such a thing.
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post #4 of 21 Old 07-30-2011, 09:24 PM
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Oh they get it. My little filly came to me with it and I believe the guy I just got (her full brother) brought it with him. Worm your horse using Ivermectin and I used the powder at Tractor supply. I also bathed her. Make sure you aren't sharing brushes. Luckily I managed to contain the lice to the filly and I'm hoping to do the same with her brother.

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post #5 of 21 Old 07-30-2011, 11:21 PM
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Horses get lice when they are in poor health or are getting inadequate nutrition, particularly Vitamin A. You cannot give a healthy horse lice. The same is true of Rain Rot. You cannot give it to a horse with adequate Vitamin A in their diet.

You can use 5% Sevin Dust to kill the lice, But they will just come right back unless you get the horse in better condition. Sevin Dust comes in little shaker cans or you can put some in an old sock and pat the horse all over with it. You need to especially get the mane and top-line of the horse.

Then, the quickest way to correct the Vitamin A deficiency is to get a 100cc bottle of injectable Vitamin A sold for cattle at a livestock supply store like Tractor Supply or a Catalog from Jeffers or Valley Vet or ????

DO NOT give your horse a shot. It is made for cattle and can get a reaction. But, you can give a horse 5cc in his mouth just like a paste dewormer. 5cc a week for 2 or 3 weeks and then 5cc a month after that will get a horse started on the right track.

Then, I would feed a Vitamin Supplement that has a high level of Vitamin A. Farmam makes one called 'Mare Plus' that is very good.

Vitamin A deficiencies are responsible for many problems like: Rain Rot, lice, runny goopy eyes, scaly scruffy skin, breeding problems, mares that do not drop their placenta in a timely manner, and many more things.

Getting your mare on a good diet that includes a good supplement will keep the lice away and do a lot for her general health and condition.
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Cherie, that is good to know and explains A LOT! Once I got weight on my filly I didn't see the lice anymore.

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lice, rubbing off hair.

i have know idea if this is correct,i would like to thank everyone that replyed to my question about my horse farrah,rubbing all her hair off.blairwitch has the same problem & i wanted to get intouch with her to tell her about lice causing the problem its the same in my horse as with hers.blairwitch if u read this my name is eileen & i live in australia.i am amember of horse forum, i just joined yesterday,its so nice to talk to someone who has problems like i have.thank you to all concerned looking forward to hearing from you.kind regards eileen.
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post #8 of 21 Old 07-31-2011, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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lice, rubbing off hair.

hi its eileen again,could blairwitch send me another reply.i cant get intouch with her,as she has the same problem as i have.once again thank you to all that replyed to my problem,regards eileen australia.
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post #9 of 21 Old 07-31-2011, 04:30 PM
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Healthy horses can get lice. Our area was infected. The vets figure that it came off of moose or deer. We used the powder and then washed with a tea tree oil shampoo.
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post #10 of 21 Old 07-31-2011, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question lice, rubbing off hair.

hi onthespot,thank u for your reply on lice.lice are dying but she is so itchy.do you know if i can put calamine lotion on her or anything else to stop her rubbing all her hair off?.thanks so much.eileen.
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