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