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    10-14-2012, 05:01 PM

This is a newbie question, but I just can't figure out what these little buggers are. I will add a picture later since my phone wont allow me. However, I can describe them. They are small, yellow egg looking things attached to the hair shaft mostly on my pony's legs. They wont come out with even a stiff brush and I have to pull the hair out to actually remove them. Are these bot eggs? Fly eggs? We have had a warm spell and the flies are mating like crazy. Is this something to worry about? Harmful? I just don't want something growing on his little legs!
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    10-14-2012, 05:07 PM
These are bot fly eggs. Invest in a bot fly knife, you can use that to scrape them off.

Fun fact, you don't find bot fly eggs on white or pale horses, they are attracted to the darker coat.

ETA. Yes, you'll want to remove the eggs. They are laid in places to be easily consumed by the horse and will give your horse worms. This is the knife I'm talking about.
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    10-14-2012, 05:12 PM
It's best to remove these bot eggs as soon as possible. Your horse may ingest them when he goes to bite at the flies to shoo them away. After the first frost, I'd deworm him with an ivermectin just in case he did ingest bot fly larvae which can be harmful.
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    10-14-2012, 05:49 PM
How does the slick n easy grooming block compare to the bot comb? I actually just bought the grooming block so if I can have better or the same results I will just use the block.
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    10-14-2012, 05:59 PM
I've never used one. You can give it a shot, but the knives are pretty sharp they work great and are only about $3.
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    10-14-2012, 06:37 PM
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The further into the bot egg season we get, the stickier the "glue" gets (that holds the eggs on the hair) and therefore the itchier, so the horse bites to make the nasty little creatures stop itching.

Laying a paper towel with WARM water on top of the eggs for only a few seconds will help make removal easier.

Warm water makes the eggs think the horse is licking or biting and they will release themselves. Rain is cold, that's why it never washes the eggs off.

I scraped what bot eggs I could see off the horses when I brought them in last night --- and that wasn't very many under the false lights. It took me nearly two hours to get every d*** egg off four horses this morning. Needless-to-say, nobody got brushed, just scraped half skinless.

Also, I am seeing a lot of throat bot eggs this year. Those are different bot flies that lay their eggs deep inside the hair under the jowels, just behind the chin.

Sometimes you have to pull the hair backward fairly tight to see them and they aren't easy to get with the bot knife.

These bot eggs migrate themselves into the mouth

If I can't get all of them removed, I put some kind of ointment (not cream but ointment) to smother them. Generally, at the next feeding I can grab onto them with a paper towel and wipe them off the hair.

Ointment can be anything from hemerhoid ointment to whatever antibiotic ointment is sitting around; it's thick enough the eggs can't move and won't harm the horse.

I knew when tick season was below normal, the bot flies would be hard at it
    10-14-2012, 11:46 PM
Ew. Well I guess that's what I get to do on my day off. Scrape larva off of my pony and the other two horses I take care of. Thank you all so much. Its been interesting trying to learn all the ways one has to care about horses. To be honest up until 6 months ago all I really knew was how to ride. But, sometimes its more rewarding then just having a great lesson.
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    10-15-2012, 12:44 PM
I'm new to the site and new to horses also but I appreciate the info I have found on here. It really helps. I took this picture last night as I was curious as to what it was. Is this what you are talking about in this post?


    10-15-2012, 01:55 PM
Yes, those are bot fly eggs TBrown.

As for the grooming block, that's what I use. When I went to get a knife the feed store didn't have one. So we got the block instead. I think it works fine, and I trust my husband with the block more than I would the knife (he's new to horses).
    10-15-2012, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
These are bot fly eggs. Invest in a bot fly knife, you can use that to scrape them off.

Fun fact, you don't find bot fly eggs on white or pale horses, they are attracted to the darker coat.

ETA. Yes, you'll want to remove the eggs. They are laid in places to be easily consumed by the horse and will give your horse worms. This is the knife I'm talking about.
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Ah ha! Thank you for that! Thought I never saw them on my grey (white) horse was just because of the color not showing up but now I know!!!

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