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  • What time of year do you kill bots on horses
  • Horse meds available at tractor supply

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    09-18-2008, 05:33 PM

Two out of my horses have bot eggs on there legs. Should I be worried. Its the two that I take trail riding almost everyday and I have dewormed them twice this rotation becuase I noticed it, is it a big deal they are there, and how do I get them off... they don't come off. I have never had a horse get them :-/ I don't think they got them from my property as my 3 yr old has not gotten them and she is the only one that stays riding on the property as she is not ready for roads
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    09-18-2008, 05:56 PM
I had to scrape a few off my horse this morning too. That time of year again I use a bot knife, available at most tack/supply stores. You can also use anything with a nice clean edge. Your fingernail, a butter knife with a serrated edge, those grooming blocks work good too. The main thing is you want to scrape them off in an area away from where the horse eats. Preferably in a gravel or paved driveway or walkway.
I plan to worm this week and then again for bots after the first freeze. You want to wait till after the temps drop before giving a boticide wormer or they will just get them back.
    09-18-2008, 06:24 PM
Green Broke
Re: Bots

I also use a bot knife with a serrated edge. Tractor Supply has the best ones of the tack/feed stores in my area. They aren't all created equal - I have discovered the knife brand that TSC carries has a better & sharper serated edge.

Just have to be careful not to cut the horse until you get used to using the knife because they are sharp.

What I have found works best to get the eggs off the kneecaps and ankle bones, is to soak them in very warm water for 60-90 seconds and then immediately start scraping them downward. Keep a paper towel in your other hand to wipe the knife off.

Soaking the eggs for that short time in warm water tricks the eggs into thinking the horse is licking them and they release themselves from the hair. If you wait longer, the warmth goes away and the eggs "re-stick" themselves.

The more eggs that get scraped off the legs means the less the horse licks and travels into their stomach. That sticky stuff the eggs are attached to the legs with also makes the horse itch which, in turn, makes the horse bite and lick and that's how the eggs get in their mouth to travel to the stomach and hatch into bot worms. Disgusting I know, but that's the facts :)
    09-18-2008, 06:38 PM
Thank you

Thank you for your advice... Thank god I pretty much live at TSC... When someone says lets go shopping I instantly think TSC! Sweet let me get my purse
    09-18-2008, 09:14 PM
Yes you can use a bot knife....i give my horse bot meds every other month, and about a week later I see bumps all over him, it is the meds. Working killing them all, but I have never had bot eggs on the legs yet. Just my thought...
    09-19-2008, 12:44 AM
Hm, I didn't know there were medicines for bot flies. Anyways, my mare had a whole lot on her today, so I just used my handy bot fly knife to get them off. Everyone's tips are very helpful! I find that if I fly spray their legs and belly really good before I turn out I don't usually have any bot fly eggs.
    09-19-2008, 08:21 AM
Yes you should also use fly spray when ever it is fly season,keep the flys off and you will have no bots or eggs..Boticides helps kill whatever they ingested.I get bot meds. At tractor supply ,even my local walmart sells it.
    09-19-2008, 08:50 AM
Re: Bots

Originally Posted by walkinthewalk
Soaking the eggs for that short time in warm water tricks the eggs into thinking the horse is licking them and they release themselves from the hair. If you wait longer, the warmth goes away and the eggs "re-stick" themselves.
Great idea - It goes to show you how many tips you can pick up on the forum. I haven't seen bots yet but I know they are coming. I'll try the warm water trick this time. I can see why warm water is the key otherwise they would just wash off in the rain or during a bath.
    09-19-2008, 09:15 AM
Besides just deworming after the first freeze for bots, you should also deworm against them about 4 months later because any eggs that you miss are viable for about 100 days so your horse could get reinfected after you deworm. Ivermectin and moxidectin both are effective against bots.
    09-19-2008, 10:55 AM
Wow, I knew what bot eggs were but I didn't think that they were that big of a deal. I learned somthing today!!! :o

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