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post #1 of 7 Old 06-25-2013, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Bug problems.

Hey guys.
I have a bug problem, specifically a fly problem; I live in western KY and we're having the worst bug year this year than we've had in a long time.
I've got a redheaded TB and he's tearing himself up (minor puncture wounds, scrapes, etc) trying to beat down the bugs and with itching on trees. Bug spray only provides minimal relief. I am going to try a fly sheet but we (myself and my BO) don't think the fly sheet is going to survive HIM (that or HOPEFULLY it'll cut down the flies and so he will quit hurting himself). My trainer did suggest however SmartPaks "bug-off" supplement. She has not used this personally nor have I (and no one at our barn either). Was curious if anyone else had or if someone had found anything else really good at keeping the bugs down? My horse has already given himself a 3 in deep puncture wound this spring that kept him out of the arena and I don't want to repeat it again! :\ Suggestions please!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-26-2013, 12:23 AM
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I use BugLyte by AniMed and while it doesn't take the bugs away 100%, it makes a HUGE difference. My gelding used to rub his tailhead raw and his belly would be raw from between his front legs all the way to his sheath. Within a few weeks the bugs greatly diminished. It's also pretty cheap, after the loading period its about $15 or so for a 60 day supply.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-26-2013, 09:47 AM
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I actually just read about Bug Off yesterday, but after reading all the reviews on Smart Pak, decided against it. I use UltraSHield, but my trainer is convinced no spray works for longer than 15 minutes, and depending on the horse a sheet could work. She is training a Chestnut OTTB that sounds like yours and he goes insane with the flies. She says that the lighter the TB the more sensitive their skin is, so as soon as he starts to lose it in the pasture, he gets put back in his stall which seems to calm him down and the flies don't really bother him in their.

She actually switched him to a night/day schedule so that he is out overnight and in his stall during the day when the worst of the flies are out, and this seems to be a big relief for him. Maybe try that?
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-26-2013, 11:36 AM
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I like Pyrahna (sp?) fly spray. It's oil based so it stays on longer. I spray them down then use a grooming glove to wipe them down and better distribute the spray. I only have to use it every other day during fly season and the flies won't even land on the horses. Once while I was working my way down his body spraying I spritzed a fly and it died instantly! I love this product and don't fool with anything else.
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When all else fails, head to the nearest garage and ask the mechanic for used auto oil. You want the dirty stuff. Allow it to sit out for 24 hrs so any gasoline will dissipate. Wipe the horse's legs with this trying to keep it just on the hair. I use an airless paint sprayer. The old time bush workers used this. For badly bitten areas you can mix a pound of lard with a heaping tbsp. of pine tar (no more). Bacon grease is good on the bites. The bugs don't like oily/fatty stuff. Your horse needs a dark shelter and should be in during daylight hours and out at night.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-26-2013, 07:37 PM
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Fly control is a multi pronged attack,
1. Step one is manure control , You must have a manure management plan. that means NO manure in the pastures, or manure piles to provide breeding grounds.
2. Fly predators, spalding labs fly predators work great,
3. Fly traps. The right kind of fly traps, any of those add water or scented ones are the wrong type, you want the biting fly traps. these are live blood aaters and arnt attracted to those scents, they may look similar but those bait traps are just luring in garbage and house flys from other areas, and not the ones biting.
4. You horse specific techiniques, sprays and sheets.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-26-2013, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for all the replies everyone!

Unfortunately putting my TB up in his stall is not an option; He is claustrophobic and FREAKS out when in his stall. We believe something happened to him when he was younger because he came to me this way. He also flips out over trailers(unless they are warmblooded trailers and are therefor larger). We have tried everything in the book for him with his stall but it's just not an option and since he has hurt himself in it, unless he is being fed, he stays out to pasture (and is a much happier horse). I use the Pyrahna fly spray also but after about 45 minutes the flies are back and biting at him, so far it's the only fly spray that provides any sort of relief.
I read the reviews about bugoff as well and that's why I wanted to ask everyone here.
Again, thanks for the input everyone, it is much appreciated.
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