We have seen three miniature horses with tick paralysis this week at two different properties, at least 30km apart.
One sadly didn’t survive. It is a common misconception that horses don’t suffer from tick paralysis but even big horses can suffer tick paralysis and can die.
Some people advocate off label use of some dog tick collars but this is not a guarantee. Also, certain collars cannot be used in horses.
Nothing beats running your hand over the horse twice a day. Please spend the time with your foal or horse and be vigilant in checking for ticks, particularly while it is so dry.
Very fluffy horses may have to be clipped, just like dogs and acaracide sprays or washes registered for use in horses can also be used according to the manufacturers instructions to try and prevent this nasty problem.