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post #1 of 11 Old 06-22-2014, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Fly Spray

Flies have just been horrible to my horse this year! Like, he has spots on his chest, shoulders, and face from them biting him. Though I try my best to spray him down real good.

Are the flies being a pest to you too?

I use homemade fly spray, just put some Permethrin and some water in a bottle. What fly spray do you use on your horses?

Also, do you like mist your horse with fly spray or do you halfway soak him with it just to keep the flies away for a while?
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-22-2014, 04:22 PM
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I soak my mare personally but I use a homemade solution so its not full of chemicals. I use 1 part apple cider vinegar, 1 part water, 1 part baby oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil which helps with her itchiness if she does get bit. Its no use against mosquitoes though. I have a cheap chemical spray for the evening when they are bothering her. Its windy here so not a lot of mosquitoes luckily but when they are out they are hungry little buggers and will eat anything alive.
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-23-2014, 12:56 AM
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I use Bronco brand fly spray, but Pyranha brand is also fairly popular here. I mist thoroughly but don't soak. However, my area doesn't get flies nearly as bad as some places. I've also heard that Skin So Soft body spray by Avon is a great insect repellent for both people and horses, although I haven't tried it myself.

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Avon Skin So Soft, White Vinegar, and Water in equal amounts...spray not soak as needed.

You can also add Citronella Oil, {not the kind for lamps}, the kind for horse fly spray to any fly spray you have and it will repel more insects...

Sometimes a oil-based product such a s Wipe works better than a water-based spray like most are on the market will last longer as it isn't sweated off as easily.

I would not soak personally any horse in fly spray as it can cause a sensitivity and reaction/burn to some animals.

If you use such a heavy hand now in administering fly spray what are you going to do when the flies get really tough???

Have you considered purchasing a fly sheet to protect the horse from some of the biting insects, a fly mask to protect the face... fly spray to the legs like many now use for their dogs...

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post #5 of 11 Old 06-23-2014, 09:51 AM
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I just spray the "problem" spots (chin, chest, between back legs, and one big one over the body), but I use a strong chemical spray. If you're using a homemade one, you could probably cover the whole body without a problem. If they really are that bad, I'd consider getting some swat and putting it on the chest, ears, belly, and inner legs where there's not much hair, on top of fly spraying. It will give a chance to heal up and keeps them from biting.
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-23-2014, 10:25 AM
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My guy is allergic to flies, and the time when the fly spray run out and when you can reapply it without irritating their skin has always been kinda confusing for me especially when we use pyrana fly spray which seems like it has a lot of chemicals. That's when fly sheets come in so handy!
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-23-2014, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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I do have Swat and use it mainly on the really bad spots. I have been thinking of getting a fly mask & hope we can get one.
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-23-2014, 11:07 AM
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I use bronco fly spray. We have a cattle ranch and pig farm on the property behind us. 1,000 pigs plus 500 cows attracts flies like crazy. I've had issues with other fly sprays, even homemade versions, not helping at all. I just mist the boys with bronco and it keeps them off all day.

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Avon Skin So Soft, White Vinegar, and Water in equal amounts...spray not soak as needed.
You can also add Citronella Oil, {not the kind for lamps}, the kind for horse fly spray to any fly spray you have and it will repel more insects...

Sometimes a oil-based product such a s Wipe works better than a water-based spray like most are on the market will last longer as it isn't sweated off as easily.

I would not soak personally any horse in fly spray as it can cause a sensitivity and reaction/burn to some animals.

If you use such a heavy hand now in administering fly spray what are you going to do when the flies get really tough???

Have you considered purchasing a fly sheet to protect the horse from some of the biting insects, a fly mask to protect the face... fly spray to the legs like many now use for their dogs...

It works!!
Spot-On - Jeffers

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I don't know if this was for me but I soak her in homemade fly spray, basically an ACV rinse and on really bad days I break out the chemicals and lightly spray her concentrating on problem areas.
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-23-2014, 01:02 PM
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Fly predators and strategically placed fly traps will help tons! This year I have not had to apply spray once. I use swat around their sheaths where the gnatty flies get them (fly predators do not get gnats, sadly) and a long mask for sunburn protection on one boy, but otherwise my flies are almost nil.
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