Originally Posted by Tessa7707
Ok, thanks! Anyone have any experience with red cell? It was recommended by a fellow boarder.
On the few occasions I've used Red Cell it turned a sensible horse into a raving hot head so I avoid it - if a horse is anaemic you can get straight iron supplements.
Most of the insect repellants contain Permethrin which should kill lice and scabies mange mites but avoid contact with any sore patches
Anything that disrupts the normal health of the skin can cause itching
I've bought ponies/horses with terrible lice infestations but the only sore patches I've seen on them is on the mane and tail area or other parts like the shoulders, head and rear end where they've rubbed/scratched themselves on things because they were itching and not isolated areas like your horse has.
Lice are fairly easy to see - if you rub some hair conditioner into the mane and then comb it through with a fine tooth comb you will dislodge them as you can often find them along the line of the mane whereas mites burrow under the skin so less easy to detect