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    06-05-2012, 11:19 AM

Hello all,

As they are for most, the ticks have been horrendous this year. In the past two weeks, I have pulled off over a dozen ticks from my pony's forelock and neck. I do live in the woods and on a mountain, but I was wondering if anyone knew something I could give her to prevent them from biting.

She is currently on a large helping of minced garlic twice a day (and boy, she is stiiinky). This has always worked for her in the past, but even though I upped her helping, she's still getting the ticks.

If anyone has any ideas, that would be great. She goes out in her paddock with two friends for 8 hours a day (she will be back living outside in about a month, after I get the vet to check her for tick related diseases).
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    06-05-2012, 11:25 AM
Be careful with the garlic, as there is anemia associated with it. I have no idea if those long term applied on fly remedies help.....like "Spot on"? They sure smell strong!
    06-05-2012, 11:33 AM
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I agree that garlic can cause problems if over fed.

Get some Neem Oil (100%) Mix 5 ml of Neem, 3 ml liquid soap and 1 litre of hot water and sponge that over your horse.
    06-05-2012, 11:49 AM
I'll have to talk to the vet about the garlic. I used to have her on 2 tablespoons granulated garlic twice a day, and now she's on 3 tablespoons minced garlic. She probably weighs about 850 pounds. To be honest, I have never heard about the anemia associated with it. Thank you!
    06-05-2012, 11:55 AM
We recently moved to a property with ticks...first recommendation was a sulfter block (didnt really think the horses would like it but they actually like it better than a salt block). Also put my animals on smart bug off (it has things like apple cider vinagar, garlic etc)from smartpak...the flies etc here are terrible due to past owner not really having a pest plan or a manure compost plan..so hoping next year I can take them off if since they havent had to have anything in the past, between just fly predators and ensuring I poop scoop everyday that used to take care of the problem. But also this year we didnt get a freeze so more bugs than usual anyway this year. But a sulfer block should help too.
    06-05-2012, 09:14 PM
Garlic definitely can cause anemia in animals. I would reach for a pharmaceutical spot-on for ticks. I also don't like using chemicals if possible, but given the serious health risks posed by ticks, I don't take chances when the problems are as out of hand as they have been this year!

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