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    03-12-2012, 01:01 PM
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?
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    03-12-2012, 01:21 PM
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!!!
    03-12-2012, 03:26 PM
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.
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    03-12-2012, 03:53 PM
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.
    03-13-2012, 12:41 PM
Thanks guys! I'm going to 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.

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