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RE: Mane mites.

I guess I missed this tread. Can someone please explain what all the mite talk is about? My grey haorse for the past few summeres has rubbed his mane almost completely off because something is driving him itchy- mad. I kept washing him with betadine shampoo last year and it didn't help. I really couldn't see anything when I looked closely at the mane but it was definitely a problem the past few years. This year so far all the problem has been ticks.
Is the way to get rid of these mites rubbing Quest wormer on the area of concern?
Thanks for the advice.
-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara B Peck []
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2001 8:45 PM
Subject: RC: Mane mites.

Well.. chickens.. maybe.. maybe not.
Other people I know that have the problem this year don't have any chickens
(but every one has barn swallws) and the mite problem DOES show up when
they migrate back here in the spring... but I didn't keep close enough track to be sure.
All I know is that 2 or 3 years ago, all over the East coast, horses started having this
mane mite problem. I'd never seen it before that time EVER.
 2 years aso, horses at the Univ. of N.H. and Mass. had a hugh problem  year (and they
don't house chickens any where on the horse properties... at least I
didn't see any when I was there). That's where I got the tip on Quest.
Quest will work,  so I guess that's my only option (it's less messy than smothering the
little buggers with some sort of ointment..) The gelding got the treatment tonite.
Mare's mane is unaffected... no mites..

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