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Re: [RC] re: sores (tick bites) - jamie ward

My horse gets them on the dock of his tail its nasty! I  use the bug repellent I haven't had any other ideas on how to keep then away, although I do seem to have less of a problem when he wears his blanket. 

My horse's feet are as swift as rolling thunder
He carries me away from all my fears
And when the world threatens to fall asunder
His mane is there to wipe away my tears.
~Bonnie Lewis

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--- On Sun, 11/23/08, Debbie Whaley <whaleydj@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
From: Debbie Whaley <whaleydj@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [RC] re: sores (tick bites)
To: "Ridecamp" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008, 1:57 PM

Hi. I've had the same problem with my horses since I moved to dryland with juniper trees and sagebrush (and lots of deer nearby).  My older gelding is affected the worst.  My vet said the bumps are from an allergic type reaction to the bites.  The first year when he was covered with sores and itchy, a short-acting cortizone shot (dexamethazone) and betadine shampoo bath helped him recover faster.  To prevent more bites...I use pyrethrin flyspray generously on the whole horse--but especially in the areas where the bites are and on the legs.   For horses I am not riding, I use a pour-on insect repellent on the topline from forelock to tailhead--it lasts longer but leaves an oily residue which collects dirt. 
Does anyone else have a better way to prevent the bites or treat the scabs?
Prineville, Oregon

[RC] re: sores (tick bites), Debbie Whaley