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post #1 of 12 Old 05-16-2009, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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TICKS! BLECH!! And lots of 'em

Went out to do some work in the barn this morning and saw some welts on my mare Mandy. Started checking and she had like 40 tiny ticks all over her. Got them off, one by one, (trying not to gag!) then checked her belly and up between her back legs. OMG! There were like a hundred there! I'm not kidding. I'm going to have nightmares about this!! UCH! They were NOT there a couple of days ago!!

Ran back to the house and called the vet. He said to go get "dip" like you'd use for dogs. Drove 20 minutes to the town near me, loaded up on dog dip, Equispot, and fly spray.

So now Mandy smells like a bug candle and her underside is drip-drying.

OH YUK!!!!

The vet said to wait and let the "dip" work, and then pick off the dead ticks. Oh, I can hardly wait! My poor baby girl!
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-16-2009, 04:40 PM
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Ticks are a never ending battle on my place due to the amount of timber we have. We do get some relief during winter. I hate ticks.

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post #3 of 12 Old 05-16-2009, 04:57 PM
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Ivermectin kills ticks and so does Wipe fly repellent as an idea for later. Have you wormed her with ivermectin?

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post #4 of 12 Old 05-16-2009, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by cowgirl4jesus94 View Post
Ivermectin kills ticks and so does Wipe fly repellent as an idea for later. Have you wormed her with ivermectin?

Thanks. I'd forgotten about that. She's due for her ivermectin wormer about now. I'll make sure she gets it tomorrow.
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post #5 of 12 Old 05-16-2009, 08:46 PM
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read your flyspray, I use tri tech each morning on legs and bellies adn only have to do 'upper" body once a week unless it rains... the leg and belly sprays seems to stop mine from getting ticks ... and it works WONDERS on my dog!!

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #6 of 12 Old 05-16-2009, 10:05 PM
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I know, we have never had a problem with ticks in this area but I pulled one out of Dobe's mane the other day. :( I think it is because it has been wet here for about 3 weeks now. I didn't get a chance to really look over him but I will next time I am home. Good luck on picking them all off your girl.
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post #7 of 12 Old 05-16-2009, 10:34 PM
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The ticks are so bad here too! Not as bad as you had them though. That's terrible. I was taking a shower after spending the day with the horses, and I found one in my belly button! It was so disgusting. Be sure to check yourself! I check my horses and dog at least once a day, but usually twice, and now I am checking myself as well lol.
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post #8 of 12 Old 05-16-2009, 10:58 PM
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Ohhhhhh I have a good one for this!!!!
I moved my California boy to Georgia and there were ticks all over him!!! In his butt crack, up under his belly etc. BUG OFF!!! in the purple bottle is the BOMB!!! Never had another tick on him after I sprayed that stuff on him, I promise you! We also bought this yard spray that you hook on the hose and it kill and/or repells(can't remember which) all kinds of bugs, safe for animals, just have to keep them off of it when its drying. Got a few bottles of that and sprayed his pasture down. Who knows if that worked or not, but that Bug Off stuff keeps everything off them, mosquitos, gnats, flies, and TICKS!!!
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post #9 of 12 Old 05-17-2009, 07:45 AM
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thank you shawneen. we have a huge problem with ticks here in oklahoma. worse this year than some. i use the ivermec when they get covered.
everyone should check inside their horses ears for ticks and fly bites. it will make your horse head shy. i use repellent of some type in the season and treat sore spots with nitrofurizone.
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post #10 of 12 Old 05-17-2009, 08:29 AM
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Thats a fact strawboss. Be sure to check those ears! Vida got one way down in her ear last year. She got so head shy I couldn't get a bridle on her. We had to take her to the vet to be sedated so he could get down there deep enough to get it out. We rarely get ticks on the girls (no trees) but still keep an eye out for them.

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