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post #1 of 14 Old 07-27-2013, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Bug trouble

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.

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post #2 of 14 Old 07-28-2013, 06:29 PM
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would a fly mask & a sleeze work?

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post #3 of 14 Old 07-28-2013, 10:57 PM
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Fly mask/sheet or I feed mine some apple cider vinegar in their feed, they love it and it is said to deter flies on them. I also spray it on them morning and night.
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-29-2013, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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I spray the crap out of him and nothi g seems to help. I HATE using fly masks only because I work, so if it starts raining I cannot take it off.

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It is a really bad bug year here, I think we had too wet and mild of a winter.
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-29-2013, 12:42 PM
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Fly masks can get rained on, they are mesh and will dry.
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-29-2013, 12:50 PM
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Our boss mare, Mandy, is a bug magnet and she hates bugs. Give her a dark shelter with a breeze and she's happy. That's where she spends bug days between 10am and 3pm.
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-29-2013, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Fly masks can get rained on, they are mesh and will dry.
I always worried becuase the mesh gets water droplets in it and I always figured that would impair a horses sight.

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post #9 of 14 Old 07-29-2013, 03:46 PM
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They dry. The only thing I would get worried about would be rubs but since you are out there at night anyway and would probably take it off when you put him in at night I wouldn't worry. All the pasture horses at my barn that wear fly masks have them on 24/7.
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-29-2013, 03:48 PM
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Big fly problems are a result of lack of sanitation and not keeping your horse clean. I recommend a good bath--I use Mane N'Tail bc it's cheap ($6)--then using a GOOD (that means pricey) fly wipe. I also put SWAT underneath their eyes and on their ears, and I use a rag to put fly wipe on my 3 horse's faces in the summer. When you horse stands quiet after this, you KNOW that you've done a good job. =D

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