new mare has fleas. what to do?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

new mare has fleas. what to do?

This is a discussion on new mare has fleas. what to do? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Do fleas get on horses
  • How to keep getting sand fleas on horses

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By themacpack

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-24-2012, 12:29 PM
  #1
Weanling
new mare has fleas. what to do?

I brought a paint mare home on sunday, and noticed yesterday that she is covered in fleas. I have never seen a flea on my gelding, but he is a bay so they would be harder to spot. Are fleas normal for horses? If not what should I do?
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    05-24-2012, 01:13 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Give it a flea bath with flea shampoo
     
    05-24-2012, 01:17 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Are you certain that it is fleas? Fleas are fairly uncommon in horses - it can happen, but typically in conditions that are fairly bad to begin with - did she come from a bad situation? Lice are much more common parasites for horses and other large mammals to have.
That being said, since it *can* happen - your horse may well have fleas. I would suggest speaking to your vet about the best approach. Shampoos are not the most effective flea treatment (they work to a degree, but don't really address an infestation) - so they may be able to offer you something more effective and immediate.
smrobs likes this.
     
    05-24-2012, 01:22 PM
  #4
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by themacpack    
Are you certain that it is fleas? Fleas are fairly uncommon in horses - it can happen, but typically in conditions that are fairly bad to begin with - did she come from a bad situation? Lice are much more common parasites for horses and other large mammals to have.
That being said, since it *can* happen - your horse may well have fleas. I would suggest speaking to your vet about the best approach. Shampoos are not the most effective flea treatment (they work to a degree, but don't really address an infestation) - so they may be able to offer you something more effective and immediate.
Agree - unlikely that they are fleas but could be mites or lice. I would consult your vet.
     
    05-24-2012, 01:22 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Lice is more common than fleas, so be careful. Go to the vet and get some de-lousing powder or whatever they recommend and cover her in it. I've noticed that because one horse has parasites, does not necessarily mean all of them will but keep an eye on your gelding just in case.
     
    05-24-2012, 01:26 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I would separate them from direct contact and make sure to quarantine grooming tools, etc as well -- far too easy to transfer parasites/eggs from one to the other.
     
    05-24-2012, 08:49 PM
  #7
Weanling
I will consult my vet. I am certain they are fleas. I've groomed dogs for years and know what they look like. I believe them to be sand fleas. She was put out to less than 1/2 acre pasture that was next to an outdoor arena, which was sand. I know she was allowed to roam in the arena also.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mare infection! I need help asap!Update: Mare is fine! baby too. cowgirl928 Horse Health 96 04-13-2012 03:56 AM
Soild paint breeding stock mare or Qh mare Parker Horse Ranch Horse Breeds 10 03-06-2012 12:41 AM
How often is normal to clean mare's genitals? I think something is wrong with my mare manca Horse Grooming 22 09-13-2011 06:35 AM
Fleas? equestrian_rider465 Horse Health 4 07-09-2010 10:53 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0