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    07-06-2010, 05:57 PM
Say if my filly did have lice, could I catch lice from her?
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    07-06-2010, 06:40 PM
Originally Posted by LoverofHorses    
Say if my filly did have lice, could I catch lice from her?
No you can't catch them, but are very quickly spread to other horses. So if your youngster shares a field ask the owners to check there horses. Also be careful if anyone borrows your grooming kit.
They do spread quickly but very easy to get rid of to if you do proper procedures.

Hope you get it sorted but you may find a good bath is all she needs. Like my youngster.
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    07-06-2010, 07:12 PM
If no evidence of lice/fleas, it could be an fungus or allergic reaction. You can try using listerine antiseptic to kill the fungus but if it comes back in a few days, you need to figure out the root cause of the itch. Don't know what you are giving her to gain weight but a lot of commercial feeds/supplements have chemicals which can cause reactions. Also, some horses are just more sensitive to flies therefore try a natural product which will help her resist the flies. There are a lot of products out there but I have had great success with thenaturalvet products - you can find them at Natural Horse Vet, Natural Pet Vet, Nature For Life
    07-06-2010, 07:20 PM
I would look at her scalp and then look in the pasture around the fences for chunks of hair. Then you could figure out if it's falling out or if she's rubbing. Maybe she is itchy and her favorite itching spot is yanking out her hair. Maybe she has an infection or rash that is making her hair come out.
    07-06-2010, 07:33 PM
Is there a way you can tell the difference between lice and dandruff?
I looked for pieces of her mane but it was impossible to look everywhere for it.
Thanks for all the great help guys!
    07-07-2010, 03:39 AM
Originally Posted by LoverofHorses    
Is there a way you can tell the difference between lice and dandruff?
I looked for pieces of her mane but it was impossible to look everywhere for it.
Thanks for all the great help guys!
Yeah dandruff is usually bigger than lice. You need to look for eggs too. They are very small. If you can't really see anything I would just give her a medicated bath and see how she goes, but make sure you really scrub the area's she is scratching.

She will probably have a look of relief on her face. You could then try putting some aloe Vera on after the bath.
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