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I have a horse - she is two months pregnant. We have a lot of ticks in the paddocks and I'm forever pulling ticks off her. I'm reluctant to use any products on her without knowing if it's safe for the unborn foal.

What products/treatment can I use on her with safety?

You can see she's a mess on her face, poll, chest and legs. I'm handpicking them off.

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    I have read of coconut oil combined with eucalyptus, grapefruit or black cumin oils. But I have no experience with it, so I comment instead of answer. One should mix 10ml of coconut as base with 8-10 drops of the other oil and massage it into the fur. Especially on tail skin, ears and tummy where the fur is horizontal. It should help against tick, mosquito and eczema. The important ingredients are Laurin acid and the smell. – Allerleirauh Jan 25 at 20:23
  • @Allerleirauh that sounds good - write it up as an answer - but just mention that the horse may need to be rugged to prevent sunburn. – Yvette Jan 25 at 23:05
  • In the article stand coconut oil helps against sunburn too. With a very little saving factor against light (german LSF 4, LSF 30 until 50 use people who are sensible against sun). – Allerleirauh Jan 26 at 6:36
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60 days into her pregnancy you can use ivermectin which will both deworm and kill off any latched ticks that may have been missed or too hard to get.

As for stopping the ticks from latching on; Permethrin wipes are a good repellant. I would personally either purchase low content wipes or buy concentraited Permethrin and add a 10% Permethrin/water mix to a spray bottle and apply to her coat. This way you can be sure that she won't have an adverse reaction to it as some products such as equi-spot contain 45%+ Permethrin which can cause skin reactions.

Other things to help keep ticks off her face could be applying a fly mask. It's not a guarantee but it will give them another barrier before reaching your mare's face. I understand your reluctance to try different products when your mare is pregnant. However, please don't forget that ticks themselves can be very dangerous for both your mare and the unborn foal.

If in doubt, always ask your vet for another opinion!

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