We have a total of 4 horses, and all get flies on them really bad.. but our one (Zeph) big boy has it the worst. On his front legs, he bleeds so bad and usually if I pull him from the field,there will be average 35 flies... eating him. Just on his front legs! We bought fly boots, and they work so well! I would never take them off of him! But my mom see it differently.. the are wearing down the tops of his hooves. What can I do?! Heres within 5 minutes of no boots..
I live in Fl and with all the rain we had we got terrible flies, gnats, etc. this summer. I use Endure Fly spray, (usually rotate with a few of the other premium sprays) and I just got some great fly boots (Kensington super mesh) that don't even touch her hooves. I also got a weatherbeeta fly sheet that actually keeps her cooler and keeps the flies off as well. So far its held up well and she is not the best with blankets. I also use a fly mask. I am thinking of starting to give her a garlic supplement as well as I know this does help a lot. I know its awful to watch them suffer
Hmmm, I tried skin so soft last year and still use it but when the flies are really bad no way it compares to something like Endure and fly boots, just my humble opinion, but down in the swampy area of Florida we deal with bad flies for a good portion of the year. I tried all sorts, mixing Skin So Soft, vinegar, water, lemon juice, etc. When the flies are really bad it just doesn't work as well as the commercial sprays.
GARLIC POWDER!!! Poor baby. Feed him a tablespoon or two of garlic powder twice a day. It only takes a day or two until there will be no flies. You can also make your own fly spray with apple cider vinegar (and garlic cloves soaked over night if you don't care about the smell) and spray him before he goes out. I would really do the garlic powder though, I use it all the time and it's amazing. He might smell a little funny but at this point, with that bad of a fly problem, who cares about a smell.
I use a supplement that's supposed to work, and its like pure garlic powder, it just doesn't work on him. We have fly nets, fly trap, fly predators, fly spray, flay shampoo, garlic powder, and nothing seems to work :( I will try some stuff here and only pray that it works. Thanks so much, everyone
Not sure what type of fly boots you have but the supermesh by kensington that I got from Valley Vet don't bother my mare at all and she hates that type of stuff usually. I think certain stuff works for certain horses, etc. too bad the garlic doesn't work. (
Try to keep as much of the blood cleaned off as you can. That in itself will draw more flies. Since the skin is broken by the bites, you might try a wound salve with fly repellent (like Swat) around his pastern. The flies will start pestering that area and it will gradually get worse.
Make sure whatever you use, you are wiping rather than just spraying on in those most pestered like the legs, down the spine and the ears.