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        07-07-2011, 02:03 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Ok so I bought some Endure yesterday to try out...hate to pay $22 a bottle for fly spray but hey, if it works it's worth it to me!! We'll see...usually I can tell by the amount of welts my poor mare has on her body when she comes in for her dinner meal whether the fly spray is doing anything!
         
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        07-07-2011, 02:28 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Dumour is typically a good brand (mineral blocks, feed) - I would try that.
         
        07-07-2011, 06:05 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I always used Endure until I got tired of paying so much for it- I've had a lot of luck with Pyrana since then. Its not as good as Endure but it works for the price (about $11 around here) Some that I've tried that didnt work at all were Tri Tech 14 and Repel-X. You could also use a fly mask/sheet if the flies are really really bad. That would cut the ammount of spray you have to use.
         
        07-07-2011, 11:16 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    On both of mine I've got fly masks.. but on the areas not covered (lower face, ears, throat latch) and legs I use swat. I don't really ever use actually fly sprays unless abosultely necessarily.. (rio believes that they are the end of the world ) we've also got those fly predator bugs
         
        07-07-2011, 11:22 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Also try turning out at night and keeping in during the day. That's what I do and its a lot cooler and I have a fan hanging on my horses stall. Makes for a much happier Beau.
         
        07-08-2011, 01:03 AM
      #16
    Foal
    We use an oil based spray, I'm not sure of the name but it's pricey. It works very well though.
         
        07-08-2011, 06:26 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    I use the absorbine ultrashield. It's very costly, but is the only thing that actually seems to work. I'd much rather use a natural spray, but can't seem to find one that works :( Suggestions anyone?
         
        07-08-2011, 06:45 AM
      #18
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    Originally Posted by nicole25    
    Also try turning out at night and keeping in during the day. That's what I do and its a lot cooler and I have a fan hanging on my horses stall. Makes for a much happier Beau.
    I agree.

    They all nap under their fans all day.

    I also use fly predators. That greatly cuts down on the amount of flies.
         
        07-08-2011, 07:38 AM
      #19
    Started
    Tri tec works well for my horse. He loves to run himself until he's drooping sweat in the field and it still works. Now, it doesn't last a full day as far as I know, but it lasts long enough that there are no biting or horse flies making a meal out of him.

    Pyrahna is amazing stuff as well. It lasts longer than anything I've ever used and works well on just about any horse. It's pricey, but worth it. Just remember that it'll catch dust and dirt because it's oil-based, so don't use it on the day if a show our anything like that.
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        07-08-2011, 09:03 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    I wish I could turn out at night but I board and they go out during the day, so I don't really have a choice there ;) Plus in the evening outside the mosquitos eat my horse alive, so I'm not really sure that would be any better for her unfortunately! I have a fly sheet but I don't think the barn would put on and take off and my horse sweats a LOT, she's a little furnace! So I'd rather not leave it on her 24/7, I'm just going to keep experimenting with different sprays until I find one that works for her I guess!

    I'm going out to ride tonight, I'll let you all know how the Endure works for her during our ride, as the flies are reeeeeally bad here in NE Ohio right now!
         

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