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    11-27-2011, 06:53 AM
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Yearling
Anyone have experience with flyblown feet?

Well, I've had a nasty surprise twice in the past month /:

Pick out the ponies feet only to find fly babies (I have an issue with the 'm' and 'l' words..)

The farrier has come out both times and cut away all the excess frog and gotten rid of 'them' using both the hoofpick and peroxide.

Farrier has told me that it's really common this year (he's trimmed over 20 cases in the last two months). He also mentioned that the flies can just fly in while the ponies are resting their feet for a few moments and eggs can hatch within about eight hours

My little fat boy has a habit of lying down all the time which doesn't help with limiting the fly access points.

How can I prevent this from happening (apart from picking out their hooves and mucking out the paddock - which I'm doing daily)?

Also does anyone have any experience with this? If you do.. no pictures! D:
     
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    11-27-2011, 08:52 AM
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I have never had that problem, but I would start out by trying to clear up any thrush. Unless they are the flies hatch out into screw worms (irradiated in the US), flies need dead organic matter to hatch and live in. Other than that, I guess I would be using a Pyrethrin fly spray on the bottoms of their feet.

Do they have to pass through one gate or other narrow place? If so, you could put out a shallow box in the gate and place Corral Powder or Devin Dust in it and they would have to step in it every time they passed through it. That should make their feet uninhabitable by flies or larvae.
     
    11-28-2011, 04:25 AM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by Cherie    
I have never had that problem, but I would start out by trying to clear up any thrush. Unless they are the flies hatch out into screw worms (irradiated in the US), flies need dead organic matter to hatch and live in. Other than that, I guess I would be using a Pyrethrin fly spray on the bottoms of their feet.

Do they have to pass through one gate or other narrow place? If so, you could put out a shallow box in the gate and place Corral Powder or Devin Dust in it and they would have to step in it every time they passed through it. That should make their feet uninhabitable by flies or larvae.
They aren't thrushy - I ask the farrier whenever he comes out just to be on the safe side. It's also just coming into summer over here so it's pretty dry around.

Could fresh poo getting stuck in their feet be a source of organic matter? I do clean them every day (twice a day when I can) but theres a 12 hour block between when I see them in the morning and when I see them at night (because of school).. Could the eggs hatch between that time if conditions are ideal (e.g. Nice and warm and safely enclosed in fresh poo)?

Is the Pyrethrin spray a repellent or a treatment? And is it available in Australia?

Would hosing their feet after picking them out help make sure there aren't any eggs left?

I don't think we have the screw worm fly in Australia.
     

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