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post #1 of 10 Old 06-13-2011, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Out Of Control Ticks

Am I the only one in the world that is over ran with woodticks? I don't even have time to ride because all I do is pick ticks off the horses (3). The grey one gets it the worse. They are everywhere on her. What can I do? I am almost ready to shave their manes AND tails that is how bad it is here. Help me! Anyone have any advice? Can we control them? I have the dogs Vectra'd (Vectra 3D) as Frontline don't work here. And I still pull 30-50 ticks off each dog (4) every night! See why I don't have time to ride??? Is there anything I can put on the horses that really works? I have not been able to get Equispot on them as it rains too often and I hate to have that money go right down the drain. God please help me!!! I am not talking like 10 ticks per horse, I am talking 50-100 each time I de-tick them which has been about every other third day. I can only handle doing one a night. AAAAHHHH! They are in 40 acres of pasture. I know that is the root of the problem, but what do I do? Dry lot them and feed hay when I have this free grass here?? But, then what was the point of buying 40 acres...just thinking out loud.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-13-2011, 09:41 PM
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What if you braided the mane and wrapped the tails? Then apply a deterrent to the wraps? Also, I wonder if adding apple cider vinegar to their water would help... I don't know, just throwing it out there. I don't ever recall anyone in my area having tick problems like that.
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-13-2011, 11:20 PM
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They are in 40 acres of pasture. I know that is the root of the problem, but what do I do? Dry lot them and feed hay when I have this free grass here? But, then what was the point of buying 40 acres...just thinking out loud.
Is the grass in your pasture tall? If so, I would mow it and your horses would still have plenty to graze on. In general, the longer the grass, the more ticks you have.

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post #4 of 10 Old 06-13-2011, 11:33 PM
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Guineas. Loud as hell, annoying but SUPER efficient in the tick eating department. Get a flock of 10 or so and turn em out with your horses. They will wander, eat ticks and come home to get their feed.

I hear that chickens do the same thing but at the old farm, where there was a HUGE tick problem, the guineas took care of them.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-14-2011, 08:49 AM
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I was also having a huge problem with ticks my horses are on pasture.
The grass was tall we mowed it down it has helped greatly.Iam no longer picking off hundreds of ticks a day.Plus we got a bunch of chickens to turn loose i think they are also helping. We do have to lock them up at night because of cyotes.I just get a pan of feed and they all follow me to their house. Plus i dry lot my horses at night also they tend to get to fat.
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-14-2011, 09:17 AM
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We have problems with ticks here in Missouri, too and maybe not to suprisingly even in the Winter months. The Guinea Hens are a natural solution to the tick population. I wish we had some, but we also have coyotes, red-tailed hawks and huge Owls that prey on 'domesticated' fowl/birds. Our dogs(4) have become immune to the effectiveness of Frontline so we dip them once a month. Since we have only one horse here now it's not much of a problem to keep them picked off of her.
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-14-2011, 11:09 PM
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I had the same problem at the barn I worked at. I found this livestock powder that you sprinkle over them it kinda like dries out the ticks, but it works. I just did it everyday and it really helped. I did shave one of thier manes because it got so bad so I know what your going though. :(
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-15-2011, 01:50 AM
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Wow, reading all this is creeping me out. We have almost no ticks where I live. I had never seen one on a horse until one came in from Montana. I had no idea what you all had to go through on a daily basis. I suppose you are also pulling them off yourselves? UCK! That thought really creeps me out!
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-15-2011, 07:47 AM
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We are polluted with Lone Star ticks in my area; see a few wood ticks but not many considering how many deer we have.

That is why I start my horses on processed powdered garlic every March and keep them on it until mid-November (I'm in Middle Tennessee with more warm months than the OP).

One horse does NOT get garlic because he has ulcer issues; I wouldn't recommend feeding it to horses that colic easy either.

Zonk fly spray seems to work pretty good for ticks but I have to spray the legs and bottoms of their tails every day. I spray the tail bottoms really heavy.

I have heard that putting powdered sulphur in a sock and whapping the sock against their legs works very well but I've never tried it.

That being said, MTG is sulphur based and could probably be lightly rubbed on their legs. I can't use it because it is so hot and humid here I am afraid it will burn their legs.

Thankfully three of my dogs are limited to a huge backyard, which Mr. WTW liberally sprinkled with Sevin granules.

My barn cats stay pretty much tick-free because I lightly rub Sevin Powder along their necks, toplines, and butt. It might help your dogs if they are patrolling your entire 40 acres

Hope this helps, I sure do understand your anguish.
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post #10 of 10 Old 06-15-2011, 09:46 AM
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Our horses live on a farm high up in the mountains ...
our horses are on 23 acres of pasture for 6 to 7 hours a day, then brought in and put on dry lot for the rest of the time due to fatness. The grass is kept mowed in the pastures.....

So far this year, I've only found one tick ... and NO eggs in their manes. I am not sure why as the farm they used to be at, our gray had hundreds of eggs in his mane and it was such a disgusting thing to try to remove them. The grass at that facility was kept mowed also, but it didn't help with the tick problem.

The only difference from last year to this is that they are now on a smartpak supplement with garlic in it to help with the fly problem. As for flies, it helps somewhat....still need to use fly spray, BUT i don't have to use fly masks this year as the flies never bother their eyes. and we haven't found any ticks since the one we found on Epona early in the season before we started them on the garlic.

Oh, and they live with 22 chickens who free range.....

BTW, those guineas are the strangest looking things i've ever seen!! They sure aren't going to win any poultry beauty contests. Ok, I'll be blunt: they're ugly.....so ugly they are almost cute.

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