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post #1 of 3 Old 03-23-2010, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Lice? What to do?

My mare has lice...

I was loking her over, because I thought she had bite marks on her, but it turns out they're rub marks where she's so itchy tht she's rubbed her hair out... A closer look revealed the tiny buggers to me... Urgh...

I hate lice... I've never dealt with them on a horse, though... My uncle used to tell me that he put kerosene on his old gelding when he got lice, but wouldn't that burn!?

Anyway, my mare has the little buggers all over her. So far, my gelding is fine... no lice... but I don't know about the other horses.

I'm going to try to find a shampoo to bathe my mare and gelding in that will get rid of the lice... but for the other horses I'm going to have to find some sort of powder...

What can I look for that gets rid of lice in horses? I need help!!!

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post #2 of 3 Old 03-23-2010, 07:59 PM
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The donkeys where my horse is are covered in lice. When the vet came yesterday, he told me to first worm them with Ivermectin. Then he said to get some Spray Away or dog flea and tick dip and just paint it on them. He also told me that I could put a thin layer of Vaseline in their ears. I'm thanking God that he didn't find any on Rosie.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-24-2010, 12:32 PM
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There are any number of sprays, shampoos and powders that are labeled to treat lice on horses. Ivermectin or moxidectin both can also be used to treat lice though they will be much more effective if you are dealing with the sucking lice rather than the biting lice. Whatever treatment option you choose, you need to be sure to retreat in 10 days and again 10 days after that to break the life cycle because nothing will kill the eggs that are already attached to your horse's hair.

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