Lice Infestation in Horses
Clipping of the coat is the best first step in treating lice in horses. This is because the longer the coat is, the more welcoming it is to lice--this is a great way to discourage them from migrating to and breeding on your horse. The thicker the coat the larger the numbers of lice; this is why the winter months are a better time for them to breed in large numbers.
The lice should be treated every two weeks as the life cycle is so short; treatment any less frequent can give the lice ample time to regrow in numbers and become an issue once again. An insecticidal medication may be the best method of treatment; a type of lice killing powder may also be used to dust the horse’s coat and kill the parasites as well.
Living and Management
Keeping the horse clipped when possible is a good way to slow down lice. It is also important to make sure that the treatment is administered often enough until the lice are eradicated.
Sheen and shine, as referred to an animal’s coat
The long hair at the back of the neck on a horse
Something that causes itching
A type of insect, parasitic in nature
The word for female eggs
Small, wingless insects that live as parasites on humans and some animals
Related to or of the skin
The pendulum of skin hanging from an animal’s throat
The hard outside of the feet of certain animals, like horses, cattle, goats, and pigs
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
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