Tick Be Gone
If you live in blacklegged tick country, take these steps to reduce your horse’s risk:
Apply fly repellents that contain permethrins, which can discourage ticks from attaching to your horse. Use these products whenever ticks are active— during early spring, fall and winter warm spells—not just when flies are bothersome.
Groom your horse daily with special attention to top tick-bite zones like the base of the mane and tail and around the ears, throatlatch and belly. If you find a tick, use tweezers to grasp it right at the skin where its mouthparts are embedded. Pull gently up to remove the tick and then kill it.
Make ticks unwelcome in your horse’s turnout space. Get rid of their favorite hangouts by keeping the grass mowed, clearing brush and trimming low branches.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more tips and information that can help you and your horse avoid tick-borne diseases ( https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/).
Disease-ridden ticks can hitch a ride on your horse, especially if you’re traveling through the insects’ natural habitat of thick shrubbery and long grass.