Did your horse have mites last year? There are probably still eggs present!
Now is the time to start preventing a mite outbreak. Especially if your horse (or another horse in the stable) had mites last year. The eggs that are still present in the area of the horse are now starting to hatch. How do you prevent problems with mites this year? Read more!
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Mite eggs can hatch years later
It is important to know that mites eggs can hatch a year later. This ensures that a mite problem returns annually in many horses. It is therefore very important to be there on time this year to prevent the number of mites from growing explosively. Because the more mites, the longer it takes to get the problem under control.
The more mites, the more difficult to treat
Mites lay about 8 eggs per day. You can imagine that if there are many mites, there are eight times as many eggs. Not all eggs hatch at the same time. That is why you spend much longer to get the number of mites under control. Start on time, when the amount of mites is still low. And keep treating until the last egg has hatched. Unfortunately this is difficult to see. That is why we advise to continue treatment until the temperature rises above 10 degrees Celsius again
Prevent mite outbreak
Do you want to keep the problems with mites under control this year? It is important to start on time, as soon as the temperature drops. But you are actually already too late, because if you really want to do well, you have been working on getting the resistance in order since the spring. Apply as many measures as possible from this step-by-step plan to keep the number of mites under control:
- Boost the immune system of the horse
Mites are never just on one horse. Yet you often see that only the horse with a reduced immune system shows symptoms and the other horses in the herd do not. You can see this in the itching and wounds. That is why it is important to ensure resistance is up to standard before the mite season starts in October. And mites do not distinguish between breed, all breeds can get mites and therefore also horses without socks / hairy legs can get them.
- Limit the sugars in the feed
Mites love sugars, so restricting sugars as well as starch in the horse’s feed concentrate and coarse fodder is also an important measure if your horse has mites. Give sufficient clean dry hay and a small amount of high-quality concentrate that is low in sugar. Or you can opt for products containing linseed oil as an energy source for example, to be given with the coarse fodder.
- Give the horses a detox in September / October
You often see that horses have a lot of accumulated waste in the body. A detox ensures that the accumulated waste products are removed in the horses body. This is not only good for the resistance against mites, internal supplements will also do their job better. For all healthy horses, naturopaths recommend giving horses a detox twice a year. This is of extra importance for horses that are sensitive to mites. Read more about a detox for horses.
- Start with Finecto + Horse as soon as the temperature drops below 10 degrees Celsius
It is important to start with Finecto+ Horse as soon as the temperature drops below 10 degrees Celsius. Mites are mainly active at colder temperatures. Finecto+ Horse is a supplementary animal feed based on herbs and essential oils. It is a powder that should be sprinkled over the food. The herbs and essential oils are then absorbed into the bloodstream and excreted through the skin. Mites can no longer convert the blood and skin flakes with the herbs into new eggs. The cycle of the mite is interrupted by this.
- Treat all horses
Although it usually seems that way, it is really impossible that mites are only on one horse in the herd / stable. Mites can be transmitted very quickly, but many horses show no symptoms. Do you want to treat mites effectively? Then treat all horses in the stable or in the herd.
- Treat the environment and objects
Brushes, saddle cloths and blankets can harbour lots of eggs and mites. It’s therefore also important to decontaminate and wash these items. Similar to the use of the shampoos for the horse’s legs, you have to do this several times, with intervals of about ten days.
- Treat both internally and externally
You can never solve a problem with mites with a medicine or supplement alone. This is because you have to combine both internal and external treatment. You do internal treatment by first giving a detox and then starting with Finecto + Horse. You can treat externally by shaving off the socks if there is a mite and making sure that the legs stay dry. In addition, spray the legs daily with Finecto + Protect or use a special ointment.