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post #11 of 21 Old 01-20-2012, 11:59 AM
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If you don't have a bot knife you can use a serrated steak knife or butter knife. If you put a little baby oil on them and let it sit for a couple minutes they come off easier.
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post #12 of 21 Old 01-20-2012, 12:06 PM
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To all the folks not familiar with bot flies and bot eggs, please please please read this article

How to control Bots in horses, Removing Bot Fly eggs

1. Bot Knives aren't created equal. Oddly enough the cheaper and better ones are found at Tractor Supply.

1.1 Bot Knives are one-sided, they aren't like a steak knife that has a double-serated edge. If the bot eggs aren't coming off, try turning the bot knife over to the other side.

2. If there's a lot of bot eggs wet them in WARM water and quickly remove them. They will come off easier because the warm moisture tricks them into thinking the horse is licking them.

That's why bot eggs don't come off in the cold rain.

2.1 If I find just a few, I keep children's rounded two inch scissors at the barn and will chop off the hairs with the eggs on them. Not at all pretty but it's winter hair and grows back quickly.

3. Then there's the throat bot eggs that self-migrate into the horse's mouth but that's a "whole nuther critter" and might be TMI until everyone reads the above link
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post #13 of 21 Old 01-20-2012, 01:21 PM
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They will come off easier because the warm moisture tricks them into thinking the horse is licking them.
That's really disturbing :/

But thank you for the information!

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post #14 of 21 Old 01-20-2012, 09:52 PM
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Erm, if you don't want to buy anything, you could get a rag and some warm/hot water (not hot enough to burn the horses legs of course) and wipe his legs off, then kind of pick/scrape the remaining ones off with your fingers, or even a razor for your legs or whatever.

See, when you use the warm water, the eggs release. Because, when the horse licks the eggs, their warmish saliva gets on the bot eggs, and they release to go and be a pain in the butt in the horses body.

So, warm water and a rag will make them easier to brush/pick/razor/wash off/get them off in general.

A bot knife works better, but warm water does work also.
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post #15 of 21 Old 01-21-2012, 04:45 PM
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My horse has bot eggs too =( makes me itch just thinking about it. And the supply store here doesnt sell bot knives or those slick n easy blocks so now I'm stuck waiting for it through the mail
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post #16 of 21 Old 02-03-2012, 10:07 AM
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I now know what my next purchase will be at the tack store! :P A bot knife! My previous horse had them the whole summer and it was ew. I was kind of puzzled but now I know and I hate these little bugs!
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post #17 of 21 Old 02-04-2012, 10:56 PM
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Grill stones work well for scraping bot eggs. If you know of anyone who works in a restaurant perhaps they can get you a small piece, or a big one.
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post #18 of 21 Old 02-04-2012, 10:58 PM
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Bot flies are just gross evil horrid creatures.
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post #19 of 21 Old 02-05-2012, 02:57 AM
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I use a disposable razor cheap works great and disposable.

One thing to always remember never remove the bot eggs anyplace that you feed your horse OR any place that he might inadvertently be grazing. The eggs can last forever (weoo a really long time) and you don't want to go the trouble to remove them only to have your horse eat the grass where you were de-botting him and get them anyway!

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post #20 of 21 Old 02-24-2012, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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RAZORS WORK!!!! That's is what I used!!! It really works and thank you for the advice!!!


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i use a disposable razor cheap works great and disposable.

One thing to always remember never remove the bot eggs anyplace that you feed your horse OR any place that he might inadvertently be grazing. The eggs can last forever (weoo a really long time) and you don't want to go the trouble to remove them only to have your horse eat the grass where you were de-botting him and get them anyway!
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