Over the past five years, vet Stephen Ashdown has written many
articles, spoken on equine matters and contributed widely to horse
Here he reproduces
in the form of questions and answers about 100 topics, all of
them common problems which afflict horses.
Topics click on Vet Advice Menu.
Q I live in the South of France and have a terrible problem with
my new Arab youngster - she is covered in ticks. We have found as
many as 40 of these horrid creatures on her, but I am told there
is no legal treatment on the market for them. What can I do, I don't
know where to turn next?
are right to think there is a lack of licensed products for treating
tick and mite problems in horses. I wouldn't like to suggest that
you use unlicensed products but, instead, think you should treat
them manually and consider the use of herbal-based treatment.
applying Vaseline to each individual tick. This stops them breathing
and forces them to detach themselves. If you don't have any success
with this simple method, ticks can be removed with tweezers - taking
great care not to leave behind any heads. Useful plastic forks are
available in the UK that slip neatly
around a tick's head, allowing you to twist them off.
you need your horse to be patient and stand still while you do this.
Herbal products based on cedar, may help.
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