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    06-19-2013, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
I suggest applying fly sprays AFTER you put the saddle on. Some horses react to fly sprays in areas like under the saddle when they sweat heavily.

I have also heard that a BLUE (not red, like the song, sorry) solo cup, strapped to a horses head between the ears, coated with glue stick glue will actually attract the deer flies to it and they get stuck. I have never tried it, since I am afraid it would attract more than might be there otherwise. You can also put one on your own helmet. However, being the product of an older brother who made always made up something stupid for me to do so he could laugh, this seemed eerily similar......
Ditto spraying the horse after it's been saddled. Also spraying after SMB boots have been put on, if the horse uses them

Blue solo cup and glue stick glue? That sounds just dumb enough to work but it could be like you say, somebody else's brother was pulling a "brother trick" on you

I would have to try that when I was sure I was alone in the woods
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    06-19-2013, 11:28 AM
[QUOTE=Storybook Farm;2834154]I'm riding English, but in a trail saddle, so I have rings. I think attaching a whisk that I could flick under her belly might be a REALLY good idea. THANKS!

I was recently on a trailride (fly infested), and there was a guy with a handheld fly whisk like this: Fly Whisk-Horse Hair Fly Whisk at horsetack co

It seemed to work well on shooing the flies on his horse away. Just remember to de-sensitize your horse to it before you get on a trail and start using it.
    06-24-2013, 01:24 AM
I bought a fly wisk and will pour on the fly wipe when I ride, hopefully tomorrow. THANKS all!
    06-24-2013, 01:56 AM
I like that fly whisk idea. I will definitely make one myself.
    06-24-2013, 08:12 AM
If you use an under belly whisk, walk your horse in hand first to make sure they don't find the whisk to be offensive. My friend found that one out the hard way!
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    06-25-2013, 02:24 PM
My arab had a tremendously thick tail so I removed excess hair, bound the cut end and fashioned it on to an old riding crop. The hair is over two feet long. Horse flies and the heel flies are attracted to carbon dioxide. Deer flies are attracted to a shade of medium blue that is moving. I painted an old helmet and added tanglefoot, real sticky stuff. I usually find half a dozen deer flies stuck to it.

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