With the temps going up and the hair coming off the horses it is soon going to be time to battle the bot flies! Hooray.
These have to be my very favorite of flies because they turn my mare into a bucking, snorting lunatic, lol. The only thing worse are the gigantic horse flies that sound like an airplane buzzing around. I keep my horses sprayed with Pyrhana fly spray and that helps keep everything EXCEPT the bot flies away. It's almost comical to watch me and my main mare when they are out because she will be running and bucking and I will be running after her trying to catch and squish them, lol. Fortunately we don't get innundated with a bunch at one time so I only have to deal with a few at a time. Pixie is the only horse that goes nuts about them too. The others just stand there as she's running and bucking by them several times until the fly gives up and moves on to one of the horses that stands still. As a result, she hardly ever has bot eggs on her but my gelding gets covered in the eggs. The bad part about that is that he is a very light color which makes them difficult to see. I have yet to find anything that keeps them away so if anyone has any ideas, I'll try it. Since they don't actually land on the horses the fly sprays just don't help. The only other thing I can think is to coat their legs in vaseline which is a whole other mess waiting to happen, lol.