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        07-29-2013, 04:07 PM
    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    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

    Never mind... Ill figure something out on my own.
    Maybe we will just do night turnout.

    Thanks everyone.
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        07-29-2013, 04:44 PM
    I've heard garlic has bug repelling qualities. Not sure how true it is though, I just use a fly mask and spray on mine. Hope you find something that works for your baby.

    You could also try using fly traps where he is kept. They work but they STINK!!!! At least the ones I have.
        07-29-2013, 05:47 PM
    I've used garlic for the last few months but to be honest I haven't noticed a difference (and I gave the max I could in her feed). I did get a roll on fly deterrant with deet that's worked a treat (she hate's sprays of any kind).

    You can get citronella things (not called that of course ) that you plait into the mane and tail over here in the UK. They're about the size of a half a credit card - I got mine from our local equine shop. They give off a citronella aroma that deters flies. Mine are still in the packet though as our mare has foaled and he loves to pull her mane and tail when he wants to play!

    Or fly rugs but i've never used them so couldn't advise on the best ones although you can get them impregnated with fly repellant too so maybe that's worth a try. But our 2 tend to stay in their stable (we leave the doors open all the time) during the day and be out all night so I think they avoid the majority of flies anyway.

        07-29-2013, 07:02 PM
    Flies have nothing to do with how clean your horse is. Not sure what you mean by sanitation? My horse doesn't pee or poop all over himself, and in fact in the wild they roll in the dust and mud to stay cool and to repel flies. It's a bad year for flies all around here and everyone is having to battle the flies right now. I guess except for the odd few who have horses who are sanitary and clean.

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