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        01-13-2014, 06:45 PM
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    Green Broke
    I second the being careful not to leave the head. Backing them out with match can be a PITA, vaseline is what I would do to make them back out too.

    Can get some nasty wounds from leaving head in.
         
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        01-14-2014, 10:03 AM
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    Since ticks can survive for a long time without air Vaseline isn't going to kill them - you might just as well remove them without it and then use a good antiseptic on the area - soapy water is probably enough but I use salt water or hydrogen peroxide
    We get loads of ticks here on the horses, dogs and ourselves and never had one that was removed go infected
    Tick removal: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
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        01-14-2014, 10:42 AM
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    Yearling
    Get yourself some Guinea Hens. Best tick repellent on the market. :) They love ticks and as long as we've had guineas, i've NEVER seen a tick
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        01-14-2014, 10:46 AM
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    Foal
    We have terrible tiny ticks here especially in the spring. Seems like they mostly like the tender underside of the horses legs, groin area and under the tail. I do tick checks every pm but if I miss one they make awful sores. I have had great luck with wiping them down with MTG which does a great job of discouraging the ticks for a day or two. I have heard that some horses have reactions to MTG but it has worked for me and since it is on their underside, no worries about sunburn.
         
        01-14-2014, 11:15 AM
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    Can't have guinea hens the horses are not near to my house. I'm certain they'd be eaten by dogs and coyotes in a week if that lol.
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        01-14-2014, 11:32 AM
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    Buy a tick twister. Best. Invention. Ever. It's a little plastic thing with a v shaped tip that you slide between the horse and tick. Twist it, and the tick will release head and all. Then kill that little thing with fire. It only costs a few dollars, and is the easiest and safest way to remove one from what I've seen. This is coming from someone that loves creepy crawlies, but hates ticks with a burning, fiery passion!
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        01-14-2014, 11:39 AM
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    Buy a tick twister. Best. Invention. Ever. It's a little plastic thing with a v shaped tip that you slide between the horse and tick. Twist it, and the tick will release head and all. Then kill that little thing with fire. It only costs a few dollars, and is the easiest and safest way to remove one from what I've seen. This is coming from someone that loves creepy crawlies, but hates ticks with a burning, fiery passion!
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    I have not heard of the before! I NEED this!!!
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        01-14-2014, 01:03 PM
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    I have not heard of the before! I NEED this!!!
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    Yes! I recommend them to everyone. I keep one at the barn and one at home. Works like a charm!
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        01-14-2014, 02:21 PM
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    As that medical website says, twisting tick is not a good idea. It encourages the tick to regurge into the horse, allowing disease pathogens to enter the horse. Horses get tick borne diseases too. The grey tick are the "dog" ticks and can carry some pathogens.

    I pull ticks the same way the medical site posted above said to do. I use a tick puller and pull slow and steadily until the mouth lets go. Quick tugs can pull the head off. I keep this tool in my grooming box. You can get pretty fast with these things and they are cheap! I keep a glass of HOT soapy water to drop the ticks into.

    Using your fingers is not good either. They are too big and will squeeze the stomach contents of the tick back into the horse. This tool slides right to the head of the tick and pulls at the place least likely to break off the head.

    This is the tool;



    North Carolina now has the lonestar tick which carries a horrible disease. It scares me. It's easy to identify as it is one of the larger ticks

         

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