In the past few days I've been finding ticks (!) on my horses. I've found 1 on Coriander and 3 (!) on Gwen. Nasty little bloodbags. My immediate fear was about Lyme Disease. That would be just what I need with Gwen, a disease that will make her even spookier than she already is. I fired off a message to my vet, figuring if I needed to get them tested for Lyme that I'd better see about it sooner than later. Fortunately she says that Lyme Disease isn't common to our area but to be on the safe side to make sure to check my horses for ticks everyday. Apparently the ticks need to be attached for 12-24 hours to transmit the badness.
Well I know people who have dogs that have gotten Lyme Disease in this area so I'm still worried about it. Especially since I'm not sure I got all the ticks before they'd spent 12-24 hours in my horses. I can't do a full body check everyday. Plus I didn't know that ticks hide out under horses tails, I haven't even checked there yet! My vet also told me to get a fly spray with permethrin to fight the ticks so I went out today and got a giant bottle of XXX strength bug spray with TICK KILLING PERMETHRIN ACTION!!! Take that you nasty things!
Needless to say I'm going to be on watch for the next few months: symptoms of Lyme Disease include fevers, lameness, muscle soreness/stiffness, and personality changes. They'll probably be fine but it's best to be careful in any case.
In other news, the barn next door is having a horse show on Halloween Day and I'm signing us up for a walk/trot class. There's a caveat though, it's a costume show: as in costumes are expected to be worn in every class. This will be interesting, Coriander's first show is going to come complete with capes and gowns and who even knows what else. Wish us luck!