While the wet winter has provided us with beautiful green mountains and serene trails, it some how created a perfect environment for tick breeding. Many of you have noticed your horses covered with ticks following a trail ride and are looking for ways to prevent tick infestation. First lets talk about ticks, as they are actually very interesting little bugs.
- Grab the tick firmly by the head, where it enters the skin
- Pull – do not yank – firmly and steadily straight away from the skin
- Dispose of the tick properly in a small jar of rubbing alcohol
- Wash the attachment site with a mild antiseptic
- Wash your hands
Unfortunately, ticks can be difficult to kill. Their flat bodies prevent them from being easily crushed. Some have even been known to survive a fire. But once you have removed a tick from your horse’s body, you cannot simply release it back into the wild. Doing so almost ensures the tick will return to your horse or another barn visitor. Instead, place the tick in a sealed glass jar that has been filled with rubbing alcohol.