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post #1 of 5 Old 07-23-2018, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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First off, I'm not sure if this should go in grooming or health so mods let me know please.

So here is my problem. The ticks are SUPER bad this summer because of all of the spring rain and I cannot keep them off of Mocha. I'm used to her getting 3-4 over the course of the whole summer but this year I am finding 4+ on her every week! I have tried all manner of products to repel them but none of them seem to work at all. I am worried about this because she has had some very bad reactions to tick bites in the past and I know that they can carry disease as well.

Any ideas or suggestions for repelling ticks would be very much appreciated!
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-23-2018, 09:18 PM
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I spray my horses with permethrin and it seems to keep them away better than anything else. I hope you can keep them off--they are scary and dangerous. Hate them very much.
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1. A lot of people like Equi Spot or Freedom, if you haven't tried those.

2. Do a patch test first but the one good use I have found for MTG is to soak the bottoms of the horses tails with it and to rub the ankles really good with it, to keep ticks off. Ticks seem to have an aversion to sulfa which is the main ingredient of MTG.

3. As soon as you see your horse having a reaction to a tick bite (generally that happens in their nether areas), clean the area and apply alMatt's brNd of hemorrhoid ointment. I use Vetericyn to clean the bite area first.

3.1. If the tick happens to be in an area where you can't pull it straight out with your fingernails, smother it in any sort of ointment. It will be easy to remove in a few hours.

4. If your horse is on pasture that hasn't been kept cut, that's a bit part of of the problem -- hopefully that could be rectified:)

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-24-2018, 06:03 PM
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My riding instructor swears by feeding garlic...she uses garlic capsules.

She swears it helps repel flies, ticks and insects that bite...
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-24-2018, 07:56 PM
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My riding instructor swears by feeding garlic...she uses garlic capsules.

She swears it helps repel flies, ticks and insects that bite...
....
jmo...
Garlic does work -- I fed it to three of my four horses the first few years we lived here. Once the land got used to being cared for, the tick population dropped tremendously and the chiggers completely disappeared. Chiggers used to line up on the garage apron waiting for DH to come out of the house, lol

The Arab always had a finicky digestive system, so I did not feed him garlic. I would not subject a finicky or colicky tummy to garlic, otherwise I'm all for it, seasonally.

Also, do not feed raw garlic --- it's the allicin in raw garlic that MIGHT cause anemia if fed in large quantities. Processed garlic is fine, in that regard.
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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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