Just discovered the best product ever for keeping ticks off of my horse! I thought finding ticks was relatively easy with a white horse, but Nico’s thick mane and tail proved a superb hiding place for ticks! A friend recommended a product that you can use twice a month, and the results are incredible!! I chose the product, Equi-Spot by Farnam. Easy to use and I noticed that flies, gnats and mosquitos were not bothering my horse the way they had been before the treatment. This stuff is great and I love that it keeps the ticks away as well!! I noticed a HUGE difference within 24 hours!! I have always used the Farnham Pyrana fly spray with great results, but the Equi-Spot has lasted through the hot summer days and the downpours of rain!! I don’t worry so much about the bugs with the two week treatment, and you can always supplement with a little fly spray around the legs if you are heading out on the trail and going to be around or under the trees.
My second tip, also recommended by a good friend, is using moroccan oil for conditioning manes and tails. There are several inexpensive brands from Suave to Clairol to Garnier that you can find at any pharmacy or Walmart! I use every few days and it works great when you dampen the mane and tail with a sponge. I would recommend cleaning the mane and tail and then pour a small bit in your hand and work it through while they are still damp. Add a little bit as you move to the ends. Not necessary to do the mane as often, maybe once a week and just the tips. The oil soaks in all the way to the tail bone and keeps the skin from flaking and getting itchy like the spray conditioners can do . . .also there is no oily residue that draws dirt to cling to the tail. This is amazing because of course it feels oily to start, but you will be so surprised with the results. I don’t have to spend hours trying to comb out knots or getting sticks or whatever out of my horses tail. . .I just take a few minutes to get any debris that he catches with his tail and we are good to go!! Yes he manages to carry in all sorts of things from his paddock, but it is no longer a problem for me to get him presentable in no time!!
Happy riding and happy horses!!