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        11-27-2011, 05:58 AM
    Flyblown feet!

    I put this in the general part of horse health as I didn't notice the hoof care subforum.. So I'm posting in here too :P

    Well, I've had a nasty surprise twice in the past month /:

    Picked out both the ponies feet only to find fly babies (I have an issue with the 'm' and 'l' words..)

    The farrier has come out both times and cut away all the excess frog and gotten rid of 'them' using both the hoofpick and peroxide. Neither of the ponies have thrushy feet.

    Farrier has told me that it's really common this year (he's trimmed over 20 cases in the last two months). He also mentioned that the flies can just fly in while the ponies are resting their feet for a few moments and eggs can hatch within about eight hours

    My little fat boy has a habit of lying down all the time which doesn't help with limiting the fly access points.

    How can I prevent this from happening (apart from picking out their hooves and mucking out the paddock - which I'm doing daily)?

    Also does anyone have any experience with this they could share? If you do.. no pictures! D:
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        11-27-2011, 07:48 AM
    I've never heard of anything like that. Do you mean that your horse has maggots growing in her hoves?
        11-27-2011, 01:20 PM
    The only time I've seen maggots in a horses foot was with advanced canker. The eventual outcome wasn't good.
        11-28-2011, 02:43 AM
    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    I've never heard of anything like that. Do you mean that your horse has maggots growing in her hoves?
    Umm, as in the flies have laid eggs while the ponies are lying down or resting their feet which have then hatched.

    Originally Posted by SueNH    
    The only time I've seen maggots in a horses foot was with advanced canker. The eventual outcome wasn't good.
    I'm not familiar with canker.. but from what I've read from the quick google search.. my ponies definitely don't have it. /:
        11-29-2011, 12:02 AM
    It happens.

    Try a copper sulphate soak. Won't stop the magg....oooooo.......
    fly babies, but will keep them out of the deeper sections of the foot.
        11-29-2011, 06:24 AM
    In 30 years of ownership, I've never had that problem or even heard of it until now. Could it be a regional problem?
        11-29-2011, 06:26 AM
    Wow I have certainly not heard of that occurring, I'm in SA as well.
    Can your farrier give you more information?
        12-06-2011, 07:48 PM
    No, I've never heard of it either, in absence of infection. Spraying their feet with Tea tree oil or eucalyptus should help keep them away. I know it's difficult or impossible in some situations but providing as much dry ground or putting down pea gravel in their hangout areas would help, because their feet must be eternally mucky to provide a good environment for the little beasties.
        12-06-2011, 08:07 PM
    Green Broke
    Never heard of that either. Are you sure there isn't a wound or cut in the frog?
        12-06-2011, 08:22 PM
    Eeww.. Creepy. For the sake of science, I'd be interested in pics.

    In the meantime, how about when you are doing your daily hoof cleaning, you add a scrub with lysol diluted in water. Make the mix stronger than you would use for the floor though. Wash all four, do something else, then go back and rinse. If nothing else I would think it would kill the eggs?

    What if you sprayed the bottom of the hooves with something to make it slippery -- like Pam. I'm just not sure if that would cause any problems on the frog. If the eggs can't stick... Anyone have any input on that?

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