treatment for horse lice

Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by SirCharles, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. SirCharles

    SirCharles Senior Member+

    Sep 10, 2004
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    I'm having my horses transported in about 3 weeks and I just found out that the owner of the trail has horse at her location that have turned up with lice. While I know she will clean the trailer out very well and her horses will be treated I was thinking that just to be on the safe side I would treat my horses after they have arrived at my new house. Anyone have a product or treatment they can recommend.
  2. QHgin

    QHgin Senior Member

    Nov 13, 2004
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    i use a powder that treats lice fleas flies ticks and just about everything i cant remeber the name of it but works great i use on my horses, goat, and dogs. it a big white and pruple bottle ill get the name in a minute.
  3. ejforrest

    ejforrest Senior Member+

    Jan 14, 2004
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    Lice are not common on horses and are easy to control. There are numerous products available for louse control, including sprays, dusts, and wipe-ons. Horses dewormed regularly with one of the macrocyclic lactones(Quest Plus, Quest, ComboCare, Zimecterin, Rotation 1, and Ivercare)might have less lice problems than untreated horses. Chewing lice are less affected, however, because they feed on skin and dander rather than blood. A brisk and thorough brushing of insecticide into the hair coat will work; it must get down to the base of the hairs and come into contact with the skin. Horses should be retreated in about two weeks to kill young lice that have just hatched and were not affected by the first treatment. Pyrethroid insecticides might control lice with just one treatment. For advice on specific products to use on horses, consult your vet.
    Keeping horses well feed, not stressed and healthy in a clean environment is good prevention against lice, along with regular brushing and grooming. If you are continually grooming the horse, you will probably scarpe some of those lice off if the horse has them. If the horse gets bathed periodically, this will also disrupt lice.
    If a horse has lice, he should be treated before being introduced into your herd.
  4. MrsC

    MrsC Full Member

    Feb 20, 2005
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    Just to add my two cents.......Farnam Horse Delicer works great!!! It comes in a blue/purple canister very similar to carpet deoderizer canisters. Once dusted, it is also good to dose them with a liquid ivermectin at the same time.
  5. steeledancer

    steeledancer Senior Member+

    Mar 8, 2005
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    Internal dewormers work for sucking lice only, biting lice must be treated externally. Unfortunately, they look so similar that they must go under a microscope to tell them apart. When I have had lice in my horses, I took a sample to the vet and had it checked for type, then treated accordingly. I used Dri-Kil, which is a very effective louse, flea, tick powder. Unfortunately, it is nasty poison, and if anybody has any *alternative* treatments, I would LOVE to hear about them, should I have to battle the little beasts again. With the Dri-Kil, you apply once, paying close attention to get it down to the skin, especially along the topline, in the mane and tail, and the top of the head, and don't forget to do the face, but be careful not to get any in the eyes. I put some powder in a gloved hand and rub it on the face while covering the eye with my spare hand. I dust the whole body, because I had one mare who I powdered, and when the second treatment (two weeks later) came, her head was COVERED with nits. It was so gross, like all the lice ran to her head and layed eggs, so I had to treat her AGAIN two weeks later, besides bathing her with betadine to try to kill them.
    In the time between dustings, don't saddle your horse, and keep the blanket off if you can. From personal experience, having that dust rubbed into your skin like that burns, and dust outside so you have fresh air and aren't just breathing in the dust.

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