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Rainy weather and warm feathers, the ideal breeding ground for mites in horses!

mites in horses

The mite season kicks off with the arrival of the wet and colder weather. This makes the legs of horses moist as well as warm, something that mites love. As it gets colder more and more mites will seek heat from the horses. Start prevention in time and get ahead of the mites this year.

Get ahead of the mites

The mite season in horses has begun. The first mites already seek out the heat and lay eggs in the horses’ skin. As soon as the temperature drops below 10 degrees Celsius, the number of mites that seek out the heat will accelerate. That’s why it’s important to get ahead of the mite. You do this by starting the measures now. See a step-by-step plan below to prevent mites.

Step-by-step plan to prevent mites in horses:

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1 – Start with a detox in September / October

A detox ensures that the accumulated waste products that have built up in the summer are removed in the body. This is necessary to make the body more resistant to the mite. It has not been proven, but you often see that mites choose horses with a reduced resistance. It also ensures that the nutrients and supplements are better absorbed by the body. Read more about a detox here.

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2 – Limit the sugars in the feed

Limiting sugars in mite-sensitive horses has two reasons: sober horses store sugars more quickly in the body and sugars cause a reduced resistance.

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3 – Start with Finecto + Horse as soon as the temperature drops below 10 degrees

The herbs and essential oils ensure that the horse becomes unattractive to mites and that mites can no longer digest the skin and blood and therefore cannot reproduce. With Finecto+ Horse you ensure that the number of mites remains small. But it is important that you start on time when there are few mites left. If you are late and there are already many mites and mite eggs, it is almost impossible to get it under control. Therefore, start as soon as the temperature drops below 10 degrees.

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4 – Check the legs for wounds and scales weekly

It is very important to check the legs for wounds and scales every week. Do this by feeling the legs. A wound or scab often starts very small. You usually notice this earlier by feeling. When you feel scabs / wounds, it is important to spray them with Finecto+ Protect. This ensures that the wounds dry out.

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5 – Provide a dry place to stand and lie down for your horse

It is important that the legs and feathers stay dry. This is because they are especially popular with mites when the legs are warm and moist. Basically, the feathers protect the legs and keep the skin dry. But with prolonged wetness, the feathers will not dry and the skin will remain moist for too long. Therefore, make sure that your horse can always stand and lie down dry so that no warm, moist spots arise that are loved by the mites.

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6 – Support the immune system

The immune system is the basis of the approach to mites. Make sure that the body is well balanced and that the immune system is up to standard. A horse with good resistance is on weight, can easily get through the shedding period and has energy. Do you have the feeling that the resistance is not in order? We are happy to help you and advise you in the field of food and storage. The resistance is not just adding a supplement, but the interplay of nutrition, stabling and care.

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7 – Shave off the feathers if necessary

Do you have a horse that reacts violently to mites every year? Then it may be wise to (partially) shave the feathers off preventively. This will prevent the feathers from becoming a warm and humid breeding ground for mites. This keeps the pastern cavities drier, which reduces the risk of wounds. You can also treat existing mug spots more easily.

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8 – Lower the infection pressure

There is never just 1 horse that has mites in a herd. In a group all horses may have mites, but not all horses have the problems. Horses without feathers can also get mites, but horses with feathers are more sensitive to them and show symptoms more quickly.

Is that why you are in a larger stable? Then look at options to treat all horses against mites and to keep the environment as dry as possible. By keeping the infection pressure low, the entire herd will suffer less from mites.

Keep the number of mites low

The more mited, the more difficult it is to control. A mite lays 8 eggs a day. If you start treating too late, there will also be many eggs that will all hatch over a longer period. With a late start of treatment it is therefore much more difficult to get the mites under control. Therefore, start treating and taking measures in good time.

Finecto+ Horse
Finecto+ Horse
  • More than 95% less problems with mites, midges and lice
  • 100% natural and contains no poison.
  • The strength of herbs
  • Ordered before 15.00 u, sent the same day!
  • 600 g
Finecto+ Horse 3KG
Finecto+ Horse 3KG
  • More than 95% less problems with ectoparasites
  • 100% natural and contains no poison.
  • The strength of herbs
  • Ordered before 15.00 u, sent the same day!
  • 3000 g
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