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post #1 of 4 Old 03-07-2010, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Lice help!!

My 4 year old section D gelding has a bad case of sucking lice. We have been trying to treat constantly for 6 weeks applying powder every day and bathing with Hibiscrub. After bathing again today his coat was just covered with eggs, and I mean COVERED and really feel like im fighting a loosing battle! Does any one have any suggestions he isn't clipped at the moment I tried to hold off because of the time of year. But its looking like he will need to be but is there any suggestions for after ive done that or even before?!
The other option is getting a vet out. Has any one had any experience with vetinary treatment for lice?

Any help is much appericiated!!

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-07-2010, 02:07 PM
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Sorry to hear about your problem.

The problem with most de-licing products is that they can kill the lice but have no effect on the eggs. So once it looks like the lice are gone, the eggs hatch and the cycle begins all over again. You probably have a re-infestation problem as well. I would take a good look at the stalls if he is kept in one, and it would probably be a good idea to do a thorough cleaning/disinfecting of the environment. This can be done by cleaning all of the surfaces and grooming equipment with a bleach/water solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) followed by a permethrin spray or even a permethrin flea bomb if you can close the stalls completely (and then be sure to let it air out for several days before your horse goes back into the stalls). Also the if you blanket your horse the eggs are most likely in the blanket and saddle pads and underside of saddle...
Another option is to perform an entire body clip followed by a thorough washing, so the hair coat could start anew. I would, however wait until warmer weather before going with this step, unless there is an indoor facility where he could live until the weather starts to warm up.

Good luck!
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-08-2010, 11:53 AM
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Ask your vet what concentrated product they recommend and get it. Get a cheap plastic garden sprayer that you pump for pressure, mix your solution in it and saturate your horse with it.

Then take your sprayer and soak the stall if your horse is stall kept. Make sure you get walls as well as the floor.. do a good job. Make sure you wash/treat anything else that comes into contact with your horse.

If your horse is stall kept, his neighbors, and more than likely the entire barn will need treated

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post #4 of 4 Old 03-08-2010, 12:33 PM
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Daily washing is likely decreasing the usefulness of the powder because you are having to reapply it and likely not getting good coverage. There is no reason to bath him daily and hibiscrub does nothing for lice. You need to treat every 10 days for 3 treatments with an appropriate product such as a fly spray that also is labelled against lice. You can use the powders, but you have to be sure that you are getting them down to the skin and covering the whole body. Another option is to simply bathe well with a flea/tick/lice shampoo that is labelled for use in horses and do this once every 10 days, ensuring that you are leaving the shampoo on for the labelled amount of time and getting the whole horse covered with it. Ivermectin or moxidectin dewormers can also be effective at treating sucking lice if used every 10 days for 3 treatments.

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