Questions on Horse Lice - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 03-12-2012, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Northern Ontario
Posts: 395
• Horses: 1
Questions on Horse Lice

I've been looking all over the web and I'm have some questions on delousing horses... more of a want to know more than an immediate concern.

I've found the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture's info and it looks easy enough, but the products they list for treating Lice are not products that I have been able to find easily.

My horse is part of a herd enviroment that extends into the bushline and I've noticed that he's starting to itch a little more than normal. Now they are starting to shed out, plus they were due for deworming - which has been done - but I'm wondering if there's any harm in delousing him too, just to be on the safe side.

I know it's possible to get lice from wild animals, and I also understand that my treating just him is probably a mute idea because if lice is in the herd, then the whole herd would have to be treated plus all the tack for 30-some horses. But I still want to do my best to help my horse out.

I'd be looking at treating for the "chewing louse" and they keep mentioning powders and shampoos as being effective. I'm a little loathe to shampoo right now, as while the weather is warmer, it still drops below freezing at night and we don't have access to a heated barn, nor warm water right now. Powders sound like a good idea, but I'm not sure which powders would be the most effective. One article I read suggested putting mayonaise on the horse... I can't picture that going over well at all.

So to summarize, my questions are basically this:
  • Is it harmful to delouse the horse even if he may not have lice?
  • What products are best to use for delousing, and where are the purchased from?

A canter is a cure for every evil. ~Benjamin Disraeli
PerchiesKisses is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 03-12-2012, 01:21 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
Posts: 6,324
• Horses: 2
I wouldn't do it unless necessary.
On a warm day go out and put a small black pad or t-shirt, whatever as long as it's dark, over his withers/back. Stand there for a second. Pull it off and if he has them you will see the yellowish striped little bugs with orange heads = chewing lice. I'd go ahead and worm him in case they are biting lice with Iveimectrin.
For chewing lice you can use seven dust or I've mixed spray from pymetherin (sp), go to your feed store/co-op/vet they can help you and mix it right.

When I got my daughters pony she was COVERED in chewing lice, two treatments 14 days apart of spray and an excellent diet and they were gone. Ewww, hope he doesn't have them!!!

You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!!
What do you mean what do I mean?
FlyGap is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 03-12-2012, 03:26 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: ontario
Posts: 61
• Horses: 0
Last spring bunch of horses in my care got it. I was worried it was my fault. I searched all over for products and went up to pleasant ridge tack shop to purchase the dust it powder at their sale. Turns out they where sold out the lady told me their was an outbreak this year.So I grabbed 10 bottles of bronco fly spray.The bronco fly spray has the active ingredients to kill the lice.

I sprayed all the horses twice a week, and it was gross you could see the little buggers fall dead imeditatly.I also hit all the horses with wormer (we where due). Two weeks later there was no problem. I groomed the horses before spraying them, but bleached all brushes after.

I was able to get the dust it from a local feed store as they know I'm a regular purchasing for horses. However no other place would sell it to me as its a pesticide and you need a pesticide licenses or an ontario farmers association membership.I know keep it for back-up!

For the reason that's the products are pesticides I would only treat if needed.
Posted via Mobile Device
moderncowgirl is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 03-12-2012, 03:53 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Utah
Posts: 5,455
• Horses: 1
If you don't have lice too then your hores are probalby fine. That hair gets itchy in the spring I wouldn't worry about it.

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
kevinshorses is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 03-13-2012, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Northern Ontario
Posts: 395
• Horses: 1
Thanks guys! I'm gonna do the black t-shirt check - and if nothings shows I'll leave it be. And if so... then I think the bronco spray sounds like a good solution if I can't find that dang powder XD.

A canter is a cure for every evil. ~Benjamin Disraeli
PerchiesKisses is offline  

Quick Reply

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:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


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
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LICE WAR. Please Help! HollyJane Horse Health 2 02-13-2011 11:15 PM
Lice? What to do? Britt Horse Health 2 03-24-2010 12:32 PM
Horse Lice Help sandy2u1 Horse Health 8 03-20-2010 11:47 PM
Lice help!! rach Horse Health 3 03-08-2010 12:33 PM
Is It Lice Or Something Else??? draftlover215 Horse Health 3 05-01-2009 05:34 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome