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post #11 of 17 Old 05-11-2020, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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this creeps me out. blood sucking insects totally creep me out. Ticks are very rare here. I'm not sure I'd recognize one if I saw it. So, when you check your horses, you literally have to look over EVERY inch of their flesh? How can you see such small insects?
Much of the time I use a palm -sized LED flashlight, or I close my eyes and depend on feel.

Both these horses are good about telling me something is biting them, either kicking at themselves, snapping their tales, or rubbing against the kickwall in their stalls.

This particular horse cannot tolerate to the ďitĒ in itch. Thatís why I think he picked these ticks up in his paddock after I brought them in last night.

I do know for fact that swelling was not there Sunday AM because I cleaned his butt

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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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post #12 of 17 Old 05-12-2020, 12:41 AM
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Oh man, that poor boy!!! That looks painful!

Ticks just gross me right out. We never used to have them in our province, but now they are becoming more & more of a hindrance. I don't know if i'd know one to see one though. I have never *knock onwood* had a tick on me or found one on the horses. But my neighbor who pastures her horses on a 1/4 section down the road always finds ticks on her horses every year.

Just the nastiest little bugs....I wouldn't be sad if they were anhialated. Them & those disgusting Murder Hornets can go to the same place. OH, and Spruce Beetles too. Eww...
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post #13 of 17 Old 05-12-2020, 10:23 AM
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Poor boy! That looks painful!

But I hear you on the ticks! My BO employs a very naturalistic approach to pasture management. Lots of shrubs, bushes, some wooded sections, creeks and (native) grass that is allowed to go to seed... By the end of summer I sometimes feel like a lioness stalking the horses in chest-high grass
While this setup is awesome, it is also a heaven for ticks
I see them either still crawling around looking for a feeding spot, or the ones that already settled I normally find by feel. I check my mare daily and if I miss one, she is really good at pointing it out to me. The first time she lifted her hind leg to the side and towards me (almost like a dog peeing) caught me a bit off guard.

Fly spray doesn't seem to make the slightest difference. We are using permethrin on manes, tails and fly masks, which seems to help a little. The cowbirds sitting on the horses are doing a much better job picking the suckers off!
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post #14 of 17 Old 05-12-2020, 10:31 AM
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The snow is doing a good job of keeping ticks away here. Yes, I said SNOW. We got about 10 cm on Saturday, and they're forecasting a couple of cm again tonight. I am so, so, so done with this so-called spring.

But yeah, thanks for the reminder just in case winter goes away someday. And no, this is not normal for here. We are setting records. And pretty darn tired of doing it.
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post #15 of 17 Old 05-12-2020, 11:10 AM
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this creeps me out. blood sucking insects totally creep me out. Ticks are very rare here. I'm not sure I'd recognize one if I saw it. So, when you check your horses, you literally have to look over EVERY inch of their flesh? How can you see such small insects?
Unfortunately , they are plentiful here in the Midwest and as our deer herd grew so did the tick population. When I am grooming our horses I also run my hands over them too just to feel any bump. For people I spray my clothes every 4-5 washings with a product sold at Walmart among many other places called Sawyers and it works extremely well at repelling the little beasts. Without it I have found as many as 30 at one time both crawling and stuck on my legs knees down. Wouldn't be as bad if they stayed there it's the ones that migrate to less desirable regions that make them even more irritating. I have read that if you can get them removed in the first 24 hours your chances of them passing on a disease are less so I always do a good inspection before my daily shower in the evening. Back on the horses I really like Pyranha spray for tick and flies on the horses it costs a couple bucks more but, really does a great job. The larger ticks are very easy to spot the smaller ones (seed ticks) some times just look like a dirt spot moving. They are the worst because a lot of the time you don't see them till they are stuck.
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post #16 of 17 Old 05-12-2020, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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The snow is doing a good job of keeping ticks away here. Yes, I said SNOW. We got about 10 cm on Saturday, and they're forecasting a couple of cm again tonight. I am so, so, so done with this so-called spring.

But yeah, thanks for the reminder just in case winter goes away someday. And no, this is not normal for here. We are setting records. And pretty darn tired of doing it.
I liked your post only because you took the time to comment ó. It because of the content, lollol.

FWIW to everyone: when I had four horses and during the first 3-4 years we lived on this unused pastureland, I fed powdered garlic to three of the four horses. It was about 85% efficient in repelling ticks but Imhad to start feeding it in March, stopping in late October for my area.

I donít feed it now because Joker has ulcer issues and Rusty has digestive issues that donít seem to be ulcer related.

Garlic is can be rough on the tummy, so itís not something I recommend for horses with finicky digestive systems.

@SwissMiss another great visual ó glad you didnít meet up with any Black snakes or run into those Black & Yellow spiders that weave a zig-zag in their web to match the one on their backs:):)

@ksbowman your tick story sounds like how things were when we first moved here. Bushhogging has helped tremendously. My new neighbors chickens are big help, even though they stay in their own yard.

We are surrounded, on the fence rows and in the Pet Sematary, by pine and cedar trees which are tick havens. I can bush hog those fence rows all day long and come in tickless. Not the same with DH. He is like you - a tick magnate. Iíd like to also know how those ticks find their way down inclothing into the darkest of places

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Bless Rusty, his tail hair is barely roughed up this AM. That human prescription of Hydrocortisone/Acetate/Pramoxine must be some great stuff.

The swelling hasnít gone down yet but it isnít worse either. I washed him up with Vetericyn and put some more of that H/A/P cream on him with some hemorrhoid ointment for good measure.

He asked to see the prescription med, so I let him sniff it. He licked & chewed his approval so at least I know it doesnít burn him:)

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post #17 of 17 Old 05-12-2020, 05:13 PM
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@SwissMiss another great visual ó glad you didnít meet up with any Black snakes or run into those Black & Yellow spiders that weave a zig-zag in their web to match the one on their backs:):)
The big orb weavers I normally encounter while riding
And we have plenty of snakes (including the resident cottonmouth close to the pond), so I make it a point to be LOUD when walking out there, lol... Spooks the horses less too!
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