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post #11 of 19 Old 05-17-2013, 01:25 AM
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I have an old gelding that reacts badly to ticks as well, fly bites too, and because of his thinner skin they all love to feast on him better than they like the other 11 horses on this place.

This works very well to clear up the sores where the ticks were attached. Also make sure to check underneath him in his flank area and between his back legs. That seems to be a favorite spot for the ticks too.

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I've tried the spot-ons, the collars and leg bands (made his legs raw), feed through fly control and about the only thing that seems to help is to spray him down good every night with a fly spray that also kills ticks & lice. I don't think the natural fly sprays does this. I use this and mix it stronger than it says.

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post #12 of 19 Old 05-17-2013, 06:51 PM
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Equispot. Still have yet to find a tick on my horse when using it regularly.

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post #13 of 19 Old 05-18-2013, 09:56 AM
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The ticks are worse in my area this year than last year.

Yes, bushhogging helps - I just bushogged -- it doesn't help that much when large acreage is involved and you have pine and cedar trees all over the place.

Don't say cut them down -- most of them aren't on our property and I don't cut trees down anyway, unless lightening hit them and they died.

Unless your horses are going to be on that 160 acres the rest of the summer, it is honestly too late to start a feed-thru like garlic, which does work to about 85% efficiency.

It can't be fed to horses with digestives issues, ulcers, or prone to colic.

Powered garlic is what needs to be fed, as it has had the allicin processed out of it. Allicin in raw garlic can possibly cause anemia.

You can't spray enough to keep the horses tick-free when you can only get to them twice a week and they're roaming that much non-maintenanced land. Spraying as often as you can is better than nothing at all. Soak their tails, below the bone, really good, spray their legs and chest areas.

If you have MTG, rub some MTG lightly on their ankles, around their knees, in their forelocks, under the jowels, ears, crest of neck, tail docks where you didn't spray with fly spray.

MTG is really oily but it is sulphur based and ticks hate that smell. If you can manage to not put it on too heavy (maybe use a paper towel), hopefully you won't find them painted in dirt when you go back out.

I might also consider buying crushed garlic at the grocery store, draining the liquid out of the jar, mixing with a bit of water and using it as a fly spray on their legs and wipe it around their forelocks and under their jowels.

Yes, some horses have absolutely horrible reactions to tick bites. If I miss a tick on my Arab, he will knot up in his tender areas to where he looks like he has a tumor

I keep hemerhoid ointment on those bites as it does a great job of reducing pain/itch/inflammation.

Given your current situation, that's the best I can come up with that won't cost a fortune and might last a few days
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post #14 of 19 Old 05-18-2013, 11:26 AM
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My thought was Deep Woods Off spray. So I started searching and found some comments and reviews that it isn't good for horses. It seems that Deet is the chemical in question. Others said they use it successfully with no problem. Still others suggestion Frontline spray. One person said her vet used it on her own horses.

If I were you I'd ask my vet about products that are safe for horses. In fact, I think I will ask my vet about both Deep Woods Off and Frontline.I use a standard equine fly spray but have used the Off a couple of times for a very light mist over the mane. I won't do that again until I talk to the vet.

I wish we didn't need to use any of this stuff. Most labels on horse products tell you to not let it come in contact with human skin or wash if it does. Can't be that great for the horse either, can it? Same with dog products. But I guess since their life span is far shorter than ours they won't have all those nasty diseases to contend with 30 years down the road.

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post #15 of 19 Old 05-18-2013, 12:06 PM
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Here's what you need to understand about ticks. They have an uncanny ability to detect carbon dioxide that is exuded thro the skin. The tick will migrate to a frequently used path and wait for a warm blooded animal to walk by and hop on. How high can they jump, 7" for sure. You might want to try wiping dirty auto oil (after an oil change) on the hair under his jaw. It is my go to when desperate and it's never harmed the skin. When the heel flies (ankle biters) are bad the horses legs to the knees are wiped with auto oil, not rubbed in but applied on top of the hair as best as possible. It lasts about 3 days. Be sure to wear old clothes and it will stain. New oil is fine but reusing the oil after an oil change is a cheap option.
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post #16 of 19 Old 05-19-2013, 08:20 AM
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This same conversation is happening on another thread.

A lady posted to try "Fly Armor" as they make several styles of "strips". Two of them attach to the manes and tails

These are supposed to be all natural ingredients, so I don't know how well they would work.

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I might try them if they're not too pricey as I have four horses to keep ticks off of.

When I was feeding garlic, I didn't have to start spraying the horses until early July.

Now that I have three with ulcers, which absolutely is not related to feeding garlic 8 months out of the year, I can't feed it anymore.

I soaked their tails down with "Zonk It!" and sprayed their legs and chests pretty good.

I went from pulling 10 - 15 ticks total from four of them, down to two ticks last night.

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So the Zonk It! is working and the best parts about this product is that it's cheap and it doesn't burn my sensitive skinned Arab

The downside is I have to spray them every two days. I will use well over a gallon of spray a month.

I don't know how efficient that would be for you, with your horses on 160 acres; if those Fly Armor strips really work for ticks, that would be the big ticket for you

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post #17 of 19 Old 05-20-2013, 02:47 PM
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I agree with walkinthewalk on the MTG
Have been using it for years but never thought to put it on the legs to stop the ticks from crawling up. Thank you***
We have a tick problem every year and MTG is the only thing that I have found makes a difference. Applied every other day it has done wonders. Not only does it greatly reduce the ticks but heals the bites very quickly. My horses seem to get the ticks mostly on their groin area and inside of the back legs. I guess they cant reach there to get them off. Other places they will scratch themselves raw to get them off. This time of year I try to do tick checks daily.
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okay thought I should update this. We have been putting on a healing ointment with swat over top of the affected areas. I have also done a bottle of the dawn/vinegar/garlic spray. Everything is starting to heal very nice, just a couple spots were working on now. Ive been going out a couple times a week to pull off any ticks. The spray seems to be working though and actually lasting for a while.There for sure isnt as many ticks and I think there arent as many out in the pasture now too. Under his jaw will be a little hairless for a while but it will grow back so Im not worried, its not like we have a show or anything coming up, hes just now been okayd to start work at a walk.
I msgd his previous owner and she informed me he usually gets bumps from flies in summer and that he previously had never come in contact with ticks. hes a 2000 CW gelding so that explains a lot. I actually feel bad for him that hes never had a single tick on him.. means hes never actually had the chance to be a horse and have more than a couple acres to roam. Where I got him the lady had about 50 horses on the property in different paddocks but they were small and had almost no grass.
Good thing is, hes on the road to recovery and we know it was just a reaction and to watch for it next year now. Him and my other gelding should be home within the next month and a bit and we dont have many ticks or flies around here so he will be a lot better at home and I will be able to apply spray daily and have a fly sheet on him =)

Thanks everyone for the wonderful advice. Next year if hes out on pasture again (we might take them there over winter again, depends how much snow we get) I plan to try to get spot on treatments for both geldings and start them in advance =)
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post #19 of 19 Old 05-26-2013, 10:41 AM
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We use Springtime garlic and it really helps to keep the ticks from latching on. I wasn't sure it was working (we used it all last year) so discontinued it's use over the winter and this spring. We've already pulled several ticks off the horses so have put them back on the garlic as of last week. It does take some time to get into their systems. I don't see that it does much for flies though.

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