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post #1 of 11 Old 05-09-2011, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Ticks!!

Since moving, I've been finding ticks on my horse. Every day. And for whatever reason, they are only getting on my horse and not my husband's, even though they share a pasture, barn, etc. Are ticks attracted to certain colors of horses over others? I've never had to deal with this before...and advice about what to use to keep them off my horse?
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-09-2011, 09:04 AM
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I have lived in "tick country" all my life. There is never any rhyme or reason to whom or what they prefer as victims. My red mare gets them in her mane and tail. The grey horse we once had for my husband to ride almost never had them.

The only most effective way to handle the ticks is to pick them off as you find them.
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-09-2011, 09:16 AM
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Tick are attracted to heat. So my dark bay gets them easier than my sorral.... we use a vinager/ water mix to keep flys & ticks off. Works great for us. 1/4 cup apple cider vinager to a spray bottle of water. Also use it on our dogs.
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That's where they are hanging out--in his mane and tail area. I've picked a couple off his neck as well. One of my friends suggested adding apple cider vinegar to their drinking water. Anyone heard of this or know what ratio to use?

My husband's horse is mostly white. Mine is dark gray. I keep thinking there must be a tick nest in my horse's stall--but maybe he's like me. The mosquitoes come from 3 counties for my blood! LOL
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You can add it to their water or hay. I believe it is 1/2 a cup a day. ACV only.
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I am going to try the apple cider vinegar idea. I have picked a couple off my liver chesnut recently. One was near his sheath. It left a "welt" that was a pretty large bump. I got the tick off, but the area is swollen. Is that normal? I figure it takes a couple days for the swelling to go down.

When I asked the vet about a Lyme's vaccine she told me that there isnt one for horses. She said all we can really do is test him now and then, and if he ever tests positive, we treat him. Anyone else doing this? My understanding is that the treatment is effective.
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I've been applying Equi-spot every 2 weeks. I'm in tick central with a dark horse. So far no ticks.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-09-2011, 05:13 PM
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I am going to try the apple cider vinegar idea. I have picked a couple off my liver chesnut recently. One was near his sheath. It left a "welt" that was a pretty large bump. I got the tick off, but the area is swollen. Is that normal? I figure it takes a couple days for the swelling to go down.

When I asked the vet about a Lyme's vaccine she told me that there isnt one for horses. She said all we can really do is test him now and then, and if he ever tests positive, we treat him. Anyone else doing this? My understanding is that the treatment is effective.
Lyme disease in horses is hard to diagnose sometimes. But the symptoms early on are fever and irritability. Your best bet in prevention of Lyme is to pay attention to your horse, just like you would prevent Lyme in a dog or human.

Treatment is highly effective thank goodness.

As far as the welt goes, I would wait for a little while to worry about it. Around the sheeth is a very senstive area so he may just have sensitive skin down there that takes a while to heal. Keep an eye on it though and definitely call a vet if it doesn't improve.

OP ticks are nasty little buggers, but really there isn't much to do about them. I personally use WIPE fly spray to keep them off, but I still get a few every once in a while. Just kill em and keep an eye on them for Lyme or other complications.

Oh and as a side note, I think they are like mosquitoes, they pick on certain people and horses

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I just read in Equss magazine that ticks can be on for a good 36 hours before injecting the poison into the horse, so as long as you get them off within that time frame, you're okay.

My horse also has a liquidy feeling welt on his tummy. His isn't from a tick. Looks more like an allergic reaction to too many gnat bites. Poor baby. You just can't do enough to protect them from the bugs.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-09-2011, 06:37 PM
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Are ticks attracted to certain colors of horses over others?
Bugs in general seem to prefer brown horses over white. Our mostly white tovero almost never gets ticks and is bothered by bugs the least while our sorrel overo and bay tobiano are bug magnets.

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