My new gelding cannot stand flies. I self care board and in the morning I put him out during the day after I feed him. I think he spends most of the day shaking his head, kicking, and being miserable.
He does not have reactions to the flues, nor does he get welts.
I do not think the bugs are THAT bad. I've seen much worse. It's dry and not wet or swampy. He goes out in a small grass paddock, I have 5 that I rotate him around on.
At night he is stalled..
I could put him out at night but I'm afraid because no one will notice anything bad till morning. I worry about dogs, bears, or even deer spooking him. He's pretty much a mild basket case at times. But I love him.
4 of the 5 paddocks do have sheds though!
He is also alone right now. Not ideal but until I find someone I can self care with and trust there's not much I can do. He doesn't seem to mind being alone, he does not pace or call for other horses. When he is in 3 of the 5 paddocks he can see the neighbor horse but could careless.
Would a fly sheet help? I feel bad, and I worry about the constant head shaking... Maybe I'm worrying too much? I wanted. Rugged ranch horse bred to withstand the elements... And I got ranch horse that's super sensitive and very quirky. Haha. That's life! I would trace him for anything though, he really grew on me fast.
I've been around horses for a while and he is by far the wimpiest about the bugs I've met.