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    10-30-2010, 04:34 PM
  #1
Foal
Keeping gnats away from eyes?

We just moved from Southern CA to Northen CA. I know the gnats are supposed to go away soon but right now when I go out on the trail they gather all around my horses eyes. I've tried flyspray, swat and a roll-on but none of them seem to work for the gnats. Any suggestions besides wearing a fly mask?
Thanks,
Vickie
     
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    10-31-2010, 05:57 AM
  #2
Trained
Is your horse stabled? If he is you could try to put up them..hmmmm...what are they called again?...ummm but they keep away flies so why not gnats? Just remember to keep it out of horseys reach though lol:P is there are reason he can wear a fly veil?..if not why not put one on him :P
Not sure if it will work but its worth a try...
     
    10-31-2010, 02:38 PM
  #3
Foal
The gnats aren't around in the corral area but when you ride out into the forest they swarm around their eyes. I have seen people ride with flymasks on their horses but I was just wondering if there was something else. Thanks!
     
    10-31-2010, 04:44 PM
  #4
Trained
Sorry im not sure if there is anything else, but you can get flymasks that attach to the bridle :P
     
    10-31-2010, 05:00 PM
  #5
Yearling
Vaseline applied around the face will help keep away gnats, flies, and bot eggs.
     
    10-31-2010, 10:15 PM
  #6
Trained
I would try a fly mask, really, as if you put anything too close to their eyes it could run in there, causing you more potential issues than just gnats in the eyes.

They make fly masks that are not 'quite' as heavy as those that are designed for stable use...they are a thinner material, so less cumbersome. I've ridden in fly bonnets (they cover the ears, and front of face) and fly masks though, and neither seem to bother my mare, or hinder her from seeing well.
     
    10-31-2010, 10:28 PM
  #7
Trained
I have ridden Tess in a fly mask that attaches to the bridle and she still went the same as she would without one. If you do choose to put spray around the eyes, don't spray it dirrectly onto te face, spray onto your hand then rub it around horses eyes, so you don't get it in the horses eyes
     
    11-01-2010, 01:46 AM
  #8
Foal
Thanks! I will check into the flymasks that you guys have mentioned. I will probably try the vaseline in the meantime just to see if that helps until I can get the masks. They say once it gets to 32 degrees these pesky gnats go away. I hope so!
     
    11-01-2010, 04:50 AM
  #9
Weanling
I've ridden in both a fly veil and a fly mask and neither seem to affect my horse's performance. She seems to be able to see fine with either - we can even do jumping in them!
     
    11-01-2010, 08:19 AM
  #10
Banned
Those little gnats can go right through a fly mask.

I have very good luck with THIS product.
     

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