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post #1 of 4 Old 07-13-2012, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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I dont know whether there is a thread for this but hay ho!

Lots of horses suffer from this, I have some knowledge on it as a horse at our yard suffers from it badly on his bely.
The actual chemical from the flys that the horse is allergic to is the fly's saliva.
When the fly's bite the horses there saliva does to. It can be very horrid and there is no cure. But any Q's on how to help with it if you have this problem this is a discusion all about Allergic + Flys
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My mare is So allergic to flies!! I've tried everything.
Before I got her she was in a dry lot with numerous other horses and no shade, nothing but heat and BUGS galore! She was eaten alive.
She had rubbed her entire face, belly, lower neck and mane completely bald. No hair except little velvety peach fuzz on her. She would lay down and grind her stomach into the dirt, cutting up her belly on any sticks and rocks just trying to get some relief. Her belly was all swollen and poochy and there were ripples in it, I think from collagen break down.
That summer it was nearly impossible to help her, but did help us bond a great deal while I scratched her itches.
This summer I've worked my hardest to keep this from happening again. I soak her in bug spray multiple times a day and her stall is always open for her to get into. I lock her up at night too with her stall all screened in and a bug killer inside so at night there are no bugs. But still she rubs her belly! I've managed to prevent her from loosing her mane too much this year, but she still rubs her neck if she can find something good to scratch on that won't zap her. My last resort was to try antihistamines, I used HistAll - this worked a bit, but I don't feel comfortable giving it to her every day during the summer.

Any suggestions what I can do would be hugely appreciated!
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-14-2012, 12:12 AM
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My mare also was covered in sores from flies and scratching. Missing tons of mane and tail....rubbing her belly and causing sores......her ears were so thick and swollen. The vet gave us a cortisone shot to give her and he said it would last about 6 weeks. She is better but not perfect. Her ears are much better and she definitely is more conmfortable. That said, she can't really get more than one because they aren't really good to keep repeating. I hope next year (I have only had her since May and she came to me a mess!) That I can keep her better from the start.
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