Originally Posted by Rosebud64
Does anyone else's horse react to tick bites with yellow crusty weepy sores all over their heads, chins and necks?
My poor horse, Nikki, gets these horrible sores all over her. They start off all yellow and crusty, then when those fall off, she has open sores from the tick bites.
What does everyone use to keep ticks off their horses?
I don't find that many find ticks on her, but it has to be tick bites. She also loses tail hair off her tail bone.
I hate those emmer effers!
That ain't nuthin'. My Arab is so allergic to tick bites that, if I miss seeing one on him, the bites have been known to swell up the size of a Robin's egg
I almost had to call the vet out for one that was way up inside his thigh. Thankfully he is exemplary to work with because I had to cut it open twice a day to keep it draining.
My area has the gray Deer Ticks and we are bombarded with Lone Star ticks. The Lone Star ticks look like "shiny patent leather" pieces of dirt when they first attach themselves.
As has been mentioned, check your horse daily and keep the ticks pulled off.
What you describe does sound like tick bites. Most of the time, when you clean all that yuk away, you will be able to see a tiny hole in the center of the sore --- that's where the tick drilled in.
Keep the bites clean. To keep the itch/pain down for the horse and to help the healing process, make a 50-50- mix of hemerhoid ointment
(not cream) and Triple Antibiotic ointment.
When the flies come out, you can add SWAT or generic diaper rash cream to the mix to keep the flies off.
I keep three my horses on equine garlic from mid-March thru late October or early November. It is 85% efficient in keeping the ticks off them. I still every crevice on everyone with a flashlight each night and again in the morning to make them as tick-less as I possibly can.
The 4th horse has ulcer issues, so he can't have garlic and guess who that is? Why yessssss of course it would be the Arab who's very allergic to tick bites ANNNND also to midge fly bites
The only thing I have found that works is Repel-X spray but it has to be mixed to the directions when spraying for ticks. My skin-sensitiv Arab can't handle being sprayed more than once a week with that stuff and he's out in pasture every day. I spend in an inordinate amount of time checking him vs. the time I spend on the Walking Horses, who can eat the processed garlic.
We bushogged five times this year and I'm sure that helps a lot but we are have a lot of woods, in which there are pine and cedar -- something the Lone Star ticks love love love
We aren't short on deer or beef cattle either, so the gray ticks live large too
I really am not making light of the tick issue. I hate the little ******ds--
EDITED TO ADD: When pulling ticks off any animal or yourself:
1. Get as secure a hold of the head as you can.
2. Pull STRAIGHT BACK and FAST.
2.1 If you don't get the head out of its host "five seconds ago" it will quickly regurgitate everything it has eaten from who-knows how many previous hosts.
If the tick dies on the host? It will regurgitate back into the host it's stuck on.
So don't be namby-pamby about pulling those d*** things off, grab hold and pull back quickly.