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    06-06-2012, 12:04 PM
I also use Endure..but I add a couple capfuls of Avon skin so soft...it works about as well as possible. I sure wish there was a spray for horse flies..I hate those things!!
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    06-06-2012, 05:07 PM
I use a equal mix of Skin So soft and white vinegar. It works Great for both my Horses and Me.
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    06-06-2012, 05:17 PM
I use a product called Belly Balm. It is an aloe based cream with citronella in it. It stays on through rain, sweat and hosing them down for a few days. We go through about 2 tubs a season on 2 horses. It smells great which is nice. We originally bought it because our gelding was getting welts on his belly from the bugs here. It cleared them right up and he never got a new sore after using it.

I personally do not like coating my horses with chemicals, so I have tried anything with natural ingredients. I was sold a bottle of some peppermint/lavender spray which was terrible. Smelled like a candy cane and attracted more bugs than it repelled.
    06-06-2012, 07:00 PM
I actually use the Southern States store brand. It works reasonably well and is less than $10. I used bronco for ages because a friend had bought a case of it really cheap a weekend tack auction, but even free it wasn't worth the effort of spraying it on the horse!
    06-06-2012, 09:02 PM
I also learned something about sunscreen in fly spray. Thanks for the knowledge. The only thing that works on my horse is Ultra Shield EX by absorbine. It does not keep the nats at bay for long, but in middle Ga. That is a fact of life. I use to use skin so soft, and it did nothing at all. Never tried it with vinager though.
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    06-06-2012, 09:20 PM
I personally love my Pyrahnna Fly spray. Yea, it's a tiny bit costly, but we tend to use our own spray bottles (there's do kinda suck...) and just get the bulk refills, and they save some money. But it works *really* well ;) The change is really dramatic. They go from a constant side to side tail swish to a dead tail, and no stomping. I use flymasks, not spray on the face, so no comment there. The only major problem I find is that it. Smells. Horrid. SUPER chemicaly.

I DESPISE this stuff called EquiSect. Yes, it's good for the enviroment, less chemically, but it repels ... nothing? And it lays on the coat like soap..?
    06-06-2012, 10:39 PM
Wipe II. It's got citronella, plant-oils, and pyrethrin in it, and stays on very nicely in the turnout. Smells good, too. None of the stores here carry it, so I have to order it from SmartPak and get it shipped in to the barn. We're having an extremely bad and very early bug season here due to the lack of a real winter, and I underestimated how quickly I'd burn through the spray and ran out. Bought some Deo-Lotion to use in a pinch. It smells good too, but it doesn't seem to work as well on him with our local bugs as the WipeII does. Can't wait for that shipment to arrive...
    06-06-2012, 11:02 PM
I have been experimenting this season...trying many different kinds of fly sprays.

So far, I think Wipe II is the winner. It gives a nice glossy sheen to my horse's coat too.

I've also tried Endure, Repel-X and Flysect Super C (concentrate). I see a lot of Endure at my barn (I like to walk around & see what people have hanging on their stall blanket racks), but I haven't been too impressed with it yet.

There is a lady who comes around on Thursdays & does healing touch for some of the horses & she has her own fly spray. It's made from essentials oils. It smells delicious & seems to work pretty well.

I too hate coating my horse with chemicals & really like to use something a little more natural. I'm toying with the idea of mixing my own receipe just to see how it works (you know, with all of the ones you hear about---vinegar, Skin So Soft, etc.)

The bugs here in southeastern VA haven't been so horrible yet...the weather has been so nice & breezy...
    06-10-2012, 12:14 PM
Originally Posted by xJumperx    
I personally love my Pyrahnna Fly spray. The only major problem I find is that it. Smells. Horrid. SUPER chemicaly.
Oh, I don't think it smells bad at all! But I also like the smell of MTG, so maybe my smelling senses are wacked
    06-10-2012, 10:20 PM
For long term I love ultra shield (in the black bottle) and I like endure also for long term. For short term or mild bugs I like Eqyss's marigold spray. I have used repel x and it worked okay. There is also this soy fly spray that is AMAZING! But I don't know the name.

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