Tick Be Gone

Practical Horseman - - Inside Your Ride -

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.

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