Is there anything I can do to stop my horse from getting ticks?
It can be difficult to completely prevent your horse from getting a tick, especially if your horse is in an area with high tick numbers. The following are a few steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of them getting a tick.
- Spray your horse with a tickicide product like Permoxin to repel the ticks. Always follow the instructions on the product and ensure that it is safe to use on horses as many cattle tickicides can be deadly to horses.
- Keep the grass cut short.
- Keep your horse’s coat, particularly the feathers on the feet, cut short.
- Covering the horse with a fly veil and rug can help, however ticks can still get under these so you will need to check them.
- Brush your horse daily. This will help remove any unattached ticks and help you to notice any ticks allowing for quick removal.
- Check your horse for ticks daily particularly on the stomach, armpits, flank, face and ears.