BackWoods Journey, LLC introduces the all new, patent pending Tick Em Off™
Tick Em Off™
The handy, quick way to remove freshly attached wood ticks of all types from your horses.
Designed specifically to be used in areas where high tick populations could have you pulling ticks for hours, by hand, one at a time.
The rubberized edge literally grips and pulls ticks easily from your horses. Using the Tick Em Off™, or your finger, lift the horse’s hair away from the ticks’s head. Set the Tick Em Off™ just above the tick’s head, and with even downward pressure slide the tick down and off your horse. Ticks generally take hold in the direction the hair lays. Our tool catches them by the head and pulls them backwards, out of and off your horse. Our aluminum cards are 2 1/4″ by 2 1/4″ and come with their own carabiner for quick and easy attachment to your saddle.
Tick Em Off with Saddle ID tag Combo
We also offer our Tick Em Off™ combined with custom Saddle IDs. One side of the card is our Tick Em Off™ and the other is printed with your emergency contact information. It is always a great ID to have some form of emergency contact on your horse at all times, and especially when you are away from home in strange territory. Should your horse get away from you, at least in the event it is found by a good samaritan, they will have a way to reach you. We offer a few different options on customization. You can choose one of our western designs, all created for us by Equine Artist, Lisa Carey Braun. We superimpose your emergency information over her design, or you can actually upload your own photo to us and we will dye sublimate it, along with text of your choice, onto one side of our Tick Em Off card for you.
Ideal to clip to saddles, emergency info side up, in the unfortunate circumstance you and your horse part company in the middle of nowhere.
Tick Em Off with Custom Photo Saddle ID
For that extra custom look we offer Tick Em Off™ in combination with a saddle ID tag using your own photograph. One side of the card is printed with our Tick Em Off™ graphics, the other has your emergency contact information superimposed and laid out on your own photo.
Keep in mind, less can be more. You are allowed up to three lines of text, but your card can appear cluttered. Also, the more text, the smaller the print. You want your content to be easily read from as far a distance as possible, should your animal get loose and lost, you want that phone number visible, not cluttered with other info that may not be relevant to recovery.
Ticks that have been attached for some time and are already engorged with blood should be removed at their heads with tweezers to prevent forcing engorged contents, possibly disease filled, back into your horse. This could happen if you grab the tick at its swollen abdomen for removal. Either dispose of ticks in a container of rubbing alcohol to instantly kill them, stick them to tape for disposal, or simply remove your horse from the area immediately after tick removal.
For more information on which ticks spread disease to equines, follow the links listed below. One of our horses actually contracted Anaplasmosis and it still shocks us just how quickly symptoms came on and how severe they got, literally overnight. Without a vet intervention, this mare would have succumbed most likely.
Where to find the ticks on your horse
Ticks seem to congregate in certain areas on horses. If you are riding through brush or tall grasses, expect them to grab and latch quickly. Typical areas are along the edge of the coronary bands, the vertical groove along the inside of the cannon bone where the tendon sheathe is located, the underside of the jaw, and the backs of knees. If they have the luxury of time, and a horse just meandering on pasture, it is not uncommon to find them in the front armpits or soft underbelly.