Lets talk lice

Jessey

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I can get rid of them normally without too much bother (just the bother of a bath) but why oh why does Hank get them every year and Jess never does? Just the amount of fur I guess. But where do they come from, can't be the straw bedding as they don't have any and Hank hasn't socialized physically with outside horses in over a year so not that. What can be done to prevent them? are there repellants? He always gets them this time of year and it's a pain if it's cold as when his coat gets wet he takes 6+ hours to dry so I normally end up clipping him but I'd rather not if I could avoid it.
 

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I don’t have any ideas Jessey, never had experience of them personally, there was an old lady I was on my first yard who swore by diomecious earth. No idea if it works.
 
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diplomaticandtactful

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I've sprayed all the donkeys with Deosect, they may or may not have lice but they have been scratching so sprayed manes and necks.
 
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chunky monkey

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My cattle have got lice, started a couple of weeks ago. Some have got bald patches. I treated them at the weekend. The cows are out 24/7. Apparently if they are housed over winter they occur earlier as it's warmer in the shed. Not all the cattle are showing bald patches so I guess some haven't got them. I used noromectin pour on cattle wormer. But it covers lice treatment. My horses haven't got lice yet they are in adjacent pasture.
 
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Jessey

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But how can you prevent them? or are they just like flies, not much you can do but deal with them when they appear?

Hank has a bald patch on his chest, normally the first sign he's itching and at this time of year it's normally lice, though I haven't actually seen any on him yet. I'll treat him as soon as there is a less windy and hopefully drier day.
 

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I can't stop Ben stamping his back legs. He has had the mite injections which did nothing. I changed his bedding, I groom daily and have tried all the lotions and potions around. He just keeps doing it....
 

chunky monkey

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Legs stamping mp is more likely the mites. Lice is a different thing. I dont think you can stop it. Only treat at first signs.
Heres a pic I took this morning and last night of my bald cows. Theses haven't been treated and have gone like this in less than two weeks.

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