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!