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    07-27-2011, 06:53 PM

Move this if its in the wrong place. :)

Just wondering, can I use off on my mare? I've tried everything under the sun for flies and my mother is adament about not buying skin-so-soft, or whatever its called. :P

Other tips to help with flies would be great, I've also tried vinegar,dishsoap,citronella, the works. :P
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    07-27-2011, 10:53 PM
Never tried it on a full body scale- but I put it on their ears when on the trails.

I always think of these questions as "What would the product do to me?"

Most of the time if it's okay for you -its okay for your horse.

Interested in what others have to say too-
    07-27-2011, 10:57 PM
I've heard Pyrannah is a great fly killer/repellent. The ads claim that one application can last up to 30 days but I'm not 100% :)
    07-27-2011, 10:58 PM
Iv used off on my horse, but I didn't put it anywhere where she would itch or bit off flys. I wouldn't recommend puttin it on when showing, it sort of makes their coat sort of.... Crunchy. Like you sprayed hairspray.
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    07-27-2011, 11:00 PM
Hm. I would think per ounce that OFF would be a lot more expensive than a horsey fly repellant.
Just curious as to why she is against skin so soft? Never heard of someone being adament against it, lol.
In all honesty, the only thing I find that works well is WIPE, but it is a very strong chemical, so I have mixed feelings about it.
I use it if I know I will be riding into the woods, but I haven't found anything that works 100%.
Maybe try the feeding garlic/apple cider vinegar route?
    07-28-2011, 12:03 AM
I can't feed her anything because she's a lease horse. Ill look into pyrannah :)
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    07-28-2011, 06:27 AM
With flies I find that just regular horse flyspray works just fine.

However, with the mosquitos this year it isn't doing a thing. So, I use Off! On their necks, backs, bellies and in their tails. I try to keep it away from anywhere they can bite. It seems to work 1000 time better.
    07-28-2011, 08:32 AM
Love Deep Woods Off. Nothing works at well on mosquitoes and other biting things.
I tend to buy the Walmart version that has the same Deet content as the Deep Woods Off does. Cheaper.
I have not found it works better on standard flies than anything else, but nothing beats it for mosquitoes and such. A must have when trail riding.

Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
Hm. I would think per ounce that OFF would be a lot more expensive than a horsey fly repellant.
Never priced it per ounce but it works better so it is worth it if it costs more. The Walmart version is pretty reasonably priced (plus you can get it on mark down all kinds of places this time of year, so buy lots of cans for next year).
My horse not being eaten alive by mosquitoes is more important to me than saving a few pennies.

Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike    
Just curious as to why she is against skin so soft? Never heard of someone being adament against it, lol.
I guess I would not say I am adamant against skin so soft. But I will not use it and I certainly do not recommend it to others. It is actually quite expensive too.
I tried it way back when. In several forms. (They even had cool wipes that I tried on faces.)
It just does not work near as well as Deep Woods Off, plus it leaves your horse all greasy. Not a fan of a greasy horse, dirt sticks, they feel slimy, just not a good thing.

Freedestiny, you will find that what works well in your neck of the woods on your horse might be different than what works well for others.
    07-28-2011, 12:39 PM
I use Flicks Fly Spray. It comes in concentrate. Its great and all natural and smells so good too. I use it on my horse and on myself. It doesnt have any of the harsh chemicals and works all day long.
    07-28-2011, 12:47 PM
I suggest wearing one of those new clipons from off if you can. It's much better then spraying stuff onto the horse that makes him/her icky or smelly.
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