Equine Tick Protection
Thursday 23 September 2010
Horses and ponies can fall victim to a number of diseases that can affect horse health negatively thanks to ticks. Usually, equine ticks will be found on the legs, tail and face areas. However, with the right horse care steps, you can eliminate this problem and make sure the horse remains comfortable and healthy too. Whether you have a new horse for sale, or just need some tips on preventing these pests, see the following guide.
All your grassy areas around equine stables and paddocks should be kept trimmed. In fact, the shorter the better. Ticks thrive in high grass and wooded areas. Pesticides can be used in the grass too.
Equine pastures should be rotated to protect horse health. Fence these areas off so that your horses and ponies cannot get into the woods.
Find a spray product available that repels the ticks. This should be applied with a wipe or sponge and should not be sprayed on the horse’s face.
Be sure that you maintain your grooming to a high quality for the best horse care. This will prevent the horse from gaining ticks through riding in high grass or wooded areas. Comb out the mane and tail thoroughly and pay close attention to the face, ears, underside, legs and tail.
To remove equine ticks safely, you should not kill the tick first as this can cause its blood to mix with the horse’s, spreading disease. Instead, use tweezers to ply it out from the root of its skin entry. Pull it firmly out, drop it into alcohol to kill it off. Then apply antiseptic to the bite and wash your hands.
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