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  • Equi spot vs fly sheet
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    06-25-2012, 01:30 PM
  #11
Yearling
Somebody earlier recommended Equi-Spot, and I can personally tell you that that is one of the very best things you could do. It deters flies extremely well, as well as ticks and mosquitos. On top of flyspray and fly control (fly predators, stuff like that) we hardly ever get any horseflies. Stable flies, sure, but it's pretty surprising to see a big horsefly. We see a few small ones once in a while, but the big ones are hard to come by. You can't look at avoiding flies as ... well ... avoiding them, because you can't. You need to prevent them, by setting fly traps, parasitic wasps, Equi-Spot, and other things that seep into the skin and kill fecal larvae. Fly masks/spray/sheets are just the finishing touches.
     
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    06-25-2012, 01:46 PM
  #12
Super Moderator
horse flies/deer flies

They seem to be leaving us a bit now - never so bad in the UK. They make my 4 suffer with 'fly hysteria', the minute they start biting they are galloping round and look like meringues, all sweat & foam. Only thing that works for me is to have them all in the stables in that bad time of day. I have tried fly masks, fly sheets (they get under the belly), sprays of all make plus some homemade remedies and feeding stuff like garlic. This year we eventually decided to fog the wet areas around the edge of our place with an insecticide that's safe for bees & butterflies etc which don't seem to go there anyway, maybe that's why we don't seem to have so many.
I'm using fly predators for the first time but only just started, not sure if any of those companies could advise, I'm sure they wouldn't approve of our 'nasty chemicals but two of my horses were actually getting really difficult to hang on to when we led them in they were in such a rush to get inside.
     
    06-25-2012, 02:24 PM
  #13
Foal
Thanks for the tip everyone. I've been using Equi-Spot and it keeps fly and mosquitoes away but not Horse Flies. I also don't have a barn or stable to put my horse in.
     
    06-26-2012, 07:47 AM
  #14
Showing
Coming from Alberta, the Calgary area, I couldn't believe the biting fly problem here in NW Ontario. What one saved on hay when the pasture came in, it was spent on fly repellents. We rented a place with a small barn and the horse wouldn't come out during the day. This is when I realized that the flies didn't go where it's dark. Since then I've always provided a dark shelter with a heavy tarp over the door that touches the ground.
     
    06-26-2012, 08:14 AM
  #15
Super Moderator
deer/horse flies

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Coming from Alberta, the Calgary area, I couldn't believe the biting fly problem here in NW Ontario. What one saved on hay when the pasture came in, it was spent on fly repellents. We rented a place with a small barn and the horse wouldn't come out during the day. This is when I realized that the flies didn't go where it's dark. Since then I've always provided a dark shelter with a heavy tarp over the door that touches the ground.
I have relatives in Ontario and they warned us about the blackfly and deer/horseflies before the season arrived - I thought they were making a big fuss about nothing till they hit us, I guess they prevale more down the east coast into New England - don't know how bad they are in other parts. They never seem to be around on dull days and we've found that if we ride later on in the day they aren't about so much either and never come into the barn so I've been bringing them in at about 11am and then they go back out later on - but costs us almost as much in hay as it does in the winter, now that we seem to have mostly 'normal' flies they are settling back down again. If it gets really hot I bring them in anyway as they seem to prefer to stand in with the fans on.
No wonder all the primitive horses left this continent!!!!
     
    06-26-2012, 02:31 PM
  #16
Trained
Wow. I can't believe that you have horseflies up there in Canada. What a ripoff. Cold in the winter. Hot with flies in the summer. We have all the bad aspects of summer, but our winters are pretty mild.
     
    06-26-2012, 02:41 PM
  #17
Super Moderator
The best thing to keep flies away is NEEM OIL

Get pure Neem, it might be solid when you get it so stand in hot water.
1 teaspoon Neem
1 " liquid soap
Make up to 2 pints with hot water and smear that on the horse.

It really will keep the flies away.
It also helps with fleas and ticks on dogs and garden pests.

On top of it all it is natural and no nasty chemicals.
     
    06-26-2012, 03:01 PM
  #18
Started
I Spray the Barn and yard with Tempo (used in dairy farms) and repeat every couple weeks.. it keeps the flys and other pests down ALLOT it is safe for animals after it is dry. I also use a 50/50 mix of avon skin so soft and vinagar as a spray on horses
     
    06-26-2012, 05:38 PM
  #19
Foal
My horse used to get really bothered, I use a human fly wristband round his leg (it is made out of soft rubber so doesn't rub and will break easily if he catches it.) this has worked really well! Also I use a fly cream on his face, round his ears and on his muzzle. Alnong with a fly sheet, he is much better and much quieter to ride
     
    06-26-2012, 05:41 PM
  #20
Trained
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Originally Posted by slobberslug    
my horse used to get really bothered, I use a human fly wristband round his leg (it is made out of soft rubber so doesn't rub and will break easily if he catches it.) this has worked really well! Also I use a fly cream on his face, round his ears and on his muzzle. Alnong with a fly sheet, he is much better and much quieter to ride
What kind of fly cream? Also, can you post a picture of the wrist band? Do you ride with a fly sheet? What kind? I need help here...........
     

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