'Dusting' a horse for ticks

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by canesisters, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need some creative help here. I have an OLD mare that seems to have an extreme reaction to tick bites. Even the tiny little seed ticks will leave a whelp 3" across and a few times each summer, when I miss picking one, she will get an abscess. We seem to be ground-zero for the tick population around here because I can easily pick 15-20 off of her every few days. I've tried the 'spot on' stuff and it seems to work for a little while but it's SO expensive. I've heard that seven dust works just as well but has to be re-applied rather often. Here's the problem - most of the time, when I find ticks they are up between her back legs, under her tail or in her 'arm pits'. She is SO ITCHY in those places because of the tick bites that she literally can not stand still if I touch her. She gets to stomping around and looking for something to scratch on. She spends a lot of time rocking back and forth over small trees to get to those itchy places - and I'm afraid she's going to get a puncture up in her gut or something.
    So - how would you dust UP under a horses' belly - UP under her tail and UP into her 'arm pits' ?
     
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  2. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any one?????
     
  3. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

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    There's a pour on solution for livestock called Cylence. It's not registered for horse use but works fabulously (for ticks) & the dosage is tiny so the bottle lasts forever & ever. If you want to try the Sevin, put some on your gloved hand & rub it into the areas or add a little water so it's pasty & rub that into the skin in her sensitive areas.
     
  4. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would that be safe on a horse? Where would I get it?
     
  5. naturalfeddogs

    naturalfeddogs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ultra Shield fly spay kills and repels ticks, and I'm sure there are others that do as well.
     
  6. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

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    As I said, I've used it for years on horses who are turned out like mustangs in the African bushveld (ticks like you Americans have never seen[​IMG] ) with great results although it is an off label use. Put 1 ml just above the root of the tail and watch for a week to see if there is any itching or hair loss. If nothing happens, the horse is OK with it. I've never had a horse react to it but I'm always rather safe than sorry. Use 20ml from whither to tail & reapply about every month or when efficacy is waning.
    Seeing as you are in the US, ordering online is probably easiest.
     
  7. DuckyLou

    DuckyLou Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought a horse, do and cat fly spray that I am in LOVE with, its called Equisect. It repels fleas and ticks on dogs as well, so it should also repel ticks on horses as well. It works great for us!
     
  8. DuckyLou

    DuckyLou Out Of The Brooder

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    Dog not do....lol
     

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