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  • What happens if a horse has a flymask on and it rains?
  • What do i do about flies around my horses face

 
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    07-21-2011, 11:48 AM
  #1
Foal
Question Battling the flies question...

I'm not sure where this post should go, so please feel free to move it if I've posted in the wrong section.

My question concerns flies and how to battle them. I have tried a myriad of products all proclaiming that their's is the one that will be the end all in fly repellents. I wish at least one of them actually did what they proclaimed. I am using SWAT -- at least this gives some relief. My friend told me to wipe it right over the eyes (closed), so I do. The flies still come back, but not as bad.

I've heard that Skin So Soft works well. My sister-in-law sells it and I'm told there is the original oil, but also a bug spray version now. Has anyone used these products? Which ones and how effective were they?

Today I went up and put on her fly mask (the kind with the ears). I had bought it last month, but my friend/barn owner discouraged me from using it then. She advised me to wait until the season got worse. A few days ago I mentioned putting it on, but was discouraged from doing so because it could cause eye infections and that I would have to take it off at night. I'm guessing that taking it off at night is so that she can see better, and that makes sense.

I would like your opinions on the Skin So Soft products and fly masks. I am so thankful for the wealth of knowledge from so many seasoned horse owners who are willing to answer the questions of greenhorns like myself.
     
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    07-21-2011, 11:59 AM
  #2
Banned
Though I take my horse's fly masks off every evening (my horses live at my home), there are a huge number of horse owners that leave their horse's fly masks on 24/7 with out issue.
I have never heard of waiting until fly season is truly miserable until you use a fly mask. Crazy thing to say.

I say put your fly mask on your poor horse and let your horse have some relief. When you are there, remove it to check your horse's face and eyes to make sure your horse has not injured itself (like it can with out a mask too).


Fly spray products are one of those things that one brand might work great for me at my place with my horses, but it might not work well for you at your place.

The majority of my fly problem is taken care of by fly predators. I have very few flies. My horses also wear fly masks. When I use a spray for flies I use the Pyranah in a aerosol can. It is what works best for me.
If I am riding out to a place that has lots of mosquitoes and nasty biting bugs I will use deep woods off. Off does not work well on flies though.

As far as I know the Skin So Soft mixes only work marginally well and that marginally well is only on mosquitoes.

It can not hurt to get a small amount of SSS to try it on your horse to see if it helps.
     
    07-21-2011, 12:00 PM
  #3
Banned
Hello and welcome!!

I don't know what the others will say, but I personally would NOT put Swat on my horses' EYELIDS...nor ANY repellent for that matter....whether it is a wipe on, ointment, oil or gel.....

It could get into their eyes too easily, whether by rain, or rubbing, etc. Also, Swat is an oil based repellent which can cause burns if a horse is out in the sun...especially on a sensitive skin area...as in eyelids, nose, etc. You know, oil and heat equals....frying.

IMO, eyelids are off limits....for ANY fly repellent.

I also don't use fly masks due to the fact that unless it is tightly fitted all around the horse's face and jaw, flies will still get in there. And the horses will still rub, which can pose a danger to the eye and eyelid as even the softest mesh can still scratch the eyelid and/or eye.....

What we do is use a wipe on, like Endure roll on, on the ears and on the outer perimeter around the eyes....as in a 3 to 4 inch circumfrence around the eye.....

And we've not had any major problems with flies on their faces this summer..........

EVERYONE uses fly masks, and they work well for them....but I have personally seen what happens when the mesh scratches the eyelid and cornea due to rubbing and it resulted in an ugly and disgusting wound to the eye....and I am not willing to risk it ....that's just the way I do things.
     
    07-21-2011, 12:07 PM
  #4
Banned
My horses fly masks fit...well...like they fit. Not skin tight around the edges, not custom made fit, etc.

Yes, every now and again a fly does get inside. It has never caused a horse mental break down. A little extra head shaking and maybe rubbing their face on their knee (I assume they are smart enough to close their eyes when they rub their face on their knee) and all is well.
     
    07-21-2011, 12:29 PM
  #5
Banned
Ok, good for you...but I have personally witnessed what happens when a horse isn't as smart as yours (????)....and it was ugly.

So we don't risk it, and have found a way that works for us.

We don't want to overestimate their intelligence not to rub too hard.
     
    07-21-2011, 12:38 PM
  #6
Yearling
My girls have had their fly masks on for probably a month or two now, I take them off everyday for about 5 minutes if I'm just there to say hi or for the amount of time I'm doing something with them so they can get some air and make sure there are no rubs. They stay on day and night, never had a problem for the past 3 years that we've been doing it. I have never even experienced a fly getting in their fly masks yet either. I couldn't imagine having NOT put masks on them until now, they are miserable without them on. The only time I worry about their eyes is if the mask is muddy and it rains, but if it's muddy I hose it down and if it rains I take them off - it's said they can't see well in them when it rains which is understandable, still there have been times they were left on in the rain and no one had any issues. I've never thought twice about putting them on, my girls are so much happier with the bugs out of their faces.
     
    07-21-2011, 12:48 PM
  #7
Banned
Ok

Thanks for sharing

Luckily, our way works for us, without the need for fly masks
     
    07-21-2011, 12:57 PM
  #8
Yearling
Do you have a problem? ._. I see you completely edited your post so I had to do the same. This is the second time today I've seen you say "I don't care if whoever has done it for the past 40+ years, this is how I do it!" - well goodie for you. Just like YOU, I have my own opinion and experiences. My response was in no way directed to you, it was a response to the person who started this thread. Not everyone who responds is out to get you so there is no need to respond in an offended manner, or at all since I was talking to the OP...not you.
     
    07-21-2011, 01:04 PM
  #9
Banned
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Originally Posted by kmdstar    
Do you have a problem? ._. I see you completely edited your post so I had to do the same. This is the second time today I've seen you say "I don't care if whoever has done it for the past 40+ years, this is how I do it!" - well goodie for you. Just like YOU, I have my own opinion and experiences. My response was in no way directed to you, it was a response to the person who started this thread. Not everyone who responds is out to get you so there is no need to respond in an offended manner, or at all since I was talking to the OP...not you.

I edited my post because I added my signature, and nothing more need be said.

I don't think that is a problem, do you?
     

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