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: