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post #1 of 4 Old 06-15-2011, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Yellow Mane?

Hello Any Helpful Person,
I work at a summer camp and we received our horses today for the horse program. We know absolutely nothing about them, and when we sent two back because they were shockingly thin, the owner we called didn't even know which horses he had sent. They are obviously best cared for wherever they are leased out, so when we discovered small yellow beads in a gelding's mane, we weren't shocked.

However, the other horse specialist and myself aren't sure what these are and how to get rid of them. They are very small, like the size of a tick or so, and deep yellow. They run the length of his mane from a bloody tick bite (where they begin) to the base of his neck. They don't seem to bother him, but they aren't dander and are something neither of us have seen.

We roached his mane for other, more tangled, reasons but are unsure what to do with him next. Ideas?
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-15-2011, 07:33 PM
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Probably bot fly eggs. I used to have my time removing them from my boy when "we" were stationed in Virginia. They seemed to like the mane and the fetlocks. If that is what it is worming him with something for bots would be helpful, I had a bot knife I removed the eggs with. I am not sure I am spellin bot fly right either, BTW.
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-15-2011, 07:45 PM
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Can you get a pic? If they are bot flies like the above poster suggested, you can take a glob of Vaseline and cover it's hole, it will have to come up to breather and at that point you can grab it with a pair of tweezers...they are nasty suckers, I've seen a few on dogs when i was a vet tech, sometimes it can take a few tries before you can grab it, they are quick to go back in their hole
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-15-2011, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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