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ok so today my boarder asked me to groom her horse (trying to get them all shedded out) as I am doing this I notice these tiny little bugs in his mane and under it and in the armpit area. What the heck are these and how do I get rid of them? are they something my horses will get? I checked all mine and didn't see anything but now I am really worried.some help please?!!!
 

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Are they white? Because it sounds like lice...
If so you need to get a medicated lice powder and also give him an iodine bath.
I've heard that using lice shampoo for humans is also a possibility.

If they arent lice than can you give me a better description?
 

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yes they are white and tiny. where can I buy the stuff to treat this?
 

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Umm...
I would ask your vet if they have a special lice shampoo and/or lice powder. I would also check your local tack store...they might have some. If the area the lice cover isnt too large, you may be able to use lice shampoo for humans. Remember, human shampoo isnt concentrated, so you can put it straight on the horse. I dont know anything about how you use the shampoo or powder...Ive never had any lice problems.

Ask your vet how to administer it.
Hope this helped :)
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My horses get lice all the time from the cattle. We bought a pour-on de-louser that is safe for use on horses. You simply pour a line from their poll to their rump, and it soaks into the bloodstream and kills the lice from the inside.

They do spread, and they are heard to see on some horses, so I would treat the whole lot.
 

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Deworm the horse with Ivermectin, he probably needs it anyways, and whatever bugs are biting him while it's in his bloodsteam will be killed, and follow through with a good fly spray/powder. Don't use the same grooming tools on him and other horses, and keep him separate in the mean time.
 

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Thanks I ran out to tractor supply and bought some lice powder. I am def going to treat everyone!! One more thing though should I treat my hair as well ? will I get them?
 

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Humans can get lice too...
So if I were you I would go ahead and treat yourself too...that way you can go ahead and stop them from multiplying and spreading to people you are with.
 

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thanks and what do you think about giving him a body clip before treating him?
 

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I always thought that lice for horses were different, and you cant spread between horses and humans.

Treat all your grooming supplies as well, and any rugs, even if you dont share rugs between horses, If you treat the horse but not his rug then he will pck them up again.
 

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thanks I did give him a body clipping today and treatd him.i also sanitized all of his brushes and belongings.
 

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It depends on what kind of lice....my old eventer had dog lice once b/c he rolled somewhere that coyotes had rolled. It was AWFUL. Powders didn't work, and the lice were significantly larger than the human form. He had to be body clipped...twice...which was fine since he had Cushings ans took ages to shed as it was, but still...and ALL the grooming supplies and anything he had on (halter, blanket, etc.) had to be soaked in kerosene! Coyote lice is a BITCH! For your sake I hope it's not that! Oh and between treatments (took 3 treatments one week apart each) he had to be kept in a sheet to keep other horses from getting it.....fun fun......
 

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Human lice and horse lice are different. You will need to treat a second time in 10 to 14 days. This is how long the eggs survive off the horse. Wash or treat any blankets and gear they've been using as well. Its a pain but you can get rid of them.
 

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Oh. I just asumed that horse and human lice were similar...b/c for example, with ringworm, horses and humans can transfer it to one another if your not careful.

Thanks for clearing that up though!
 

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I know you said you gave him a body clipping...just wanted to make sure you buzz his whole mane & forelock area too. I had a mare years ago who had lice and they really harbored in her mane. I used one of those lice dusters and some iodine shampoo and repeated same about a week later and it went away. Definately keep him seperate from the other horses until you know it's gone.

Good luck to you...

Oh and my vet had told me not to worry I won't get lice from my horse.
 

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thanks everyone I gave him a nice warm iodine bath today and put more powder on him. I washed his blanket and put a new one on him too. I also do have him separate from everyone else and gave him a tube of ivermectin
 
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