Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
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 :)