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Old 04-13-2010, 12:46 PM  
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Angry ticks

dose eneyone no how to keep ticks off horses???? i'v you'ed file spray, the drops and noting is helping. i groom her every day and i put off 7 ticks on her. and i need to try to find something to help keep them off of her. and she is on a feild. so if eneyone has eney ideas on how to keep them down would be very thankful.
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:46 PM  
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Here's a good, short article on them

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-he...icks-4822.aspx
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:35 PM  
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I know this is gonna sound funny, but old cowboy in neighbor hood, I mean old, school way of things, takes 5 or 6 flea collar for dogs and loops them together, has not had a problem since....Dont know if really works, just what he tells me...
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Old 04-14-2010, 03:51 PM  
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oh I hate ticks they can give a lot of sickness to animals and people. to find 7 is not so bad, i have seen animals just covered with hundreds of ticks. Ticks so bad the humans are getting some too.

yes its good to keep some product on them that kills and repells ticks to help keep the numbers down on the animal. and its good you groom regular and pull off the ones you see.

Best thing though is to find where the ticks are coming from and spray or treat the area. sometimes its a old wood building,a barn or woodie brushie area that is full of ticks. spray good there with a approved bug spay that kills ticks and then they are gone.
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:46 AM  
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We had horses turned out on long pasture and they came in everyday with 20+ ticks. The vet recommended Frontline spray for dogs. We sprayed the entire base of the mane, the entire tailbone, and sprayed a line down the back of each leg. Repeated once/month. We didn't find a single tick the rest of the summer! It was definitely worth the $40!
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:10 AM  
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This might sound crazy- but is there anyway you can get a couple of guineas? They will eat the ticks and other bugs- you will not have a tick problem anymore.
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:29 AM  
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This might sound crazy- but is there anyway you can get a couple of guineas? They will eat the ticks and other bugs- you will not have a tick problem anymore.
I have heard of that. Seems a little more environmentally good than just the sprays. Thanks for mentioning it.
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Old 04-18-2010, 05:39 PM  
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I just pulled one off my guy on Thurs. (can you say ICK!)
I put Avon Skin so Soft all over him. He still stinks on Sunday for the stuff, but it seems to work.
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Old 04-18-2010, 06:21 PM  
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Guineas are kinda' dumb though, and loud, and messy. I tried that approach. The first day I couldn't get them back in their nighttime safe hut...I lost 9. The next night....6. The three remaining didn't much leave the deck.

Frontline spray? Really? I might try that. I am trying the Spot On right now, but it's kinda' oily and I think it burns. Oily is not good where it's sunny, it can cause burns on top of the burning sensation.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:07 AM  
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I'm so glad I googled Guineas and found you were talking about fowl, because at first I thought you meant guinea pigs!

I wouldn't have thought of using Frontline. Good idea!
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This might sound crazy- but is there anyway you can get a couple of guineas? They will eat the ticks and other bugs- you will not have a tick problem anymore.
Yeap guinee keets love ticks...Plus thier great watch dogs.... If you have a lot of pine trees around ticks will be worst.
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ICK!! I hate ticks! Thankfully its still too cold here for them. Alot of great suggestions, will definately keep them in mind for my trail riding!
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When I lived in MO my old TB got hundreds of them.. I sat there with tweezers for hours picking them off. After a while it hit me that Dawn dish soap kills fleas, why not try it?

I lathered him up in two bottles of it. Let it sit 10 minutes.. then they popped right off. Head and all.
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