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    06-21-2009, 04:14 AM
Post bot flys and matted hair!

My mare is covered with bot fly eggs and I have trouble geting them off and it's for a show.
And she has real long hair any way after a sweat up her hair matts how can I get rid of it with out hurting her a comb works but hurts her,
Help me please the night before show she will be staying in a stall does that help.
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    06-21-2009, 04:28 AM
Buy a bot knife

Are there any flysprays that you could use to keep them away, bots are nasty things that will give your horse worms if untreated.
    06-21-2009, 04:38 AM
I've got one doesn't work
    06-21-2009, 05:25 AM
Try a groomers stone - will help with the bot eggs but be careful as it will also remove a lot of hair if used too much .
This is a US site link - we can also get them in the uk / europe so you should be able to get them in aus

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    06-21-2009, 07:01 AM
My horse has the exact same problem!!!
I have a bot knife,a bot block (which is a stone to remove the eggs.)
And just recently I have bought a wormer, which also controls bot eggs on the horse. Give some of these things a try. If you have a Horseland near you that's where I got the wormer from :)
    06-21-2009, 09:27 AM
I have been using derfen for my colt over the past few months and it keeps bugs the beginning, I used it to relieve itching and it worked well. I apply some as a preventive action against bugs. No pest ,no pb!
    06-22-2009, 02:33 AM
    06-23-2009, 05:24 PM
UGH! I just came back from a barn where they were scoping horses for ulcers. We looked at this one horse (inside this one horse) and in his stomach, there was a WHOLE bunch of bot fly larva. It was SO unimaginably gross. Do not let those things hatch or they will burrow in your horses skin and OH it's GROSS! I hope you can get them off.
    06-24-2009, 03:52 AM
OK I'll try my best
    06-28-2009, 11:47 AM
Green Broke
Some brands of bot fly knives don't work too well. I buy mine at Tractor Supply, but I think you are in Australia? So may not have a Tractor Supply.

They are also one-sided and the marketeers don't say that on the packaging.

Dig your bot fly knife back out, make sure the serrated edge is to the outside and get yourself some warm water.

Put the WARM water in the spot were the eggs are and count to somewhere between 10-15. Then take the bot knife and scrape the eggs off.

The warm water tricks the eggs into thinking the horse is licking them, so they release themselves off the hair for the horse to swallow them -- and at a later date they will grow into big bot eggs in the intestines.

Once the water turns cold the eggs will stick back to the hair -- that's why they don't come off in the rain and why one shouldn't wait too long after soaking with warm water to removed the eggs

Hope this helps.

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