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        06-19-2008, 03:08 PM
    Flies....going, going, gone!

    I have heard some people on her talk about spraying vinegar onto the horse as a fly control.....
    My friend is trying an experiment at her barn. Some horses are getting about half a shot glass of apple cider vinegar in their morning and afternoon feed, others are not. We walked through the barn the other day and noticed that not only did her mare not have hoards of flies around her (she had been receiving vinegar for about two weeks), but they were not swarming the manure in the stall, while the horse directly across the aisle was covered in them as well as the poo (and she had not gotten any). Proof that it works??? Hmmm! I told her to start giving my boy some too!
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        06-19-2008, 03:17 PM
    My horses get apple cider vinegar in their feed. They love it and it helps with digestion. I can't say I have ever noticed that they get less flies tho. Will have to take a look.
        06-19-2008, 04:21 PM
    So does my horse. ;) Hmm, that's pretty interesting!
        06-19-2008, 05:34 PM
    Cider vinegar in the feed or water is one of the oldest methods of fly control. The farmers years ago did it for their work horses. I do it with mine and my neighbour does too. It does work. I used to spray with vinegar and dishsoap when I home and could do it 2 - 3 times a day, but now, just in their feed. Works fine for me.
        06-19-2008, 08:10 PM
    We put it in their water. Being that we live in australia we know all to well about fly problems lol but yeah it does make a difference. During the middle of summer when its at its worst I also add a few cloves of chopped fresh garlic to their dinners. This helps even more :)
        06-19-2008, 09:05 PM
    How much do you put in the water Jazzy? I buy it by the gallon for differnt things including fly spray. It works ok just spraying it on them but doesn't last long. I've been using fly predators in the dry lot area since early spring and there are no flys there. When they come in from the pasture they are stomping and swishing tails though.
        06-19-2008, 09:41 PM
    Their water troughs are 90L each. I add 1L per trough. So in your measurements, for 22.5 gallons you would add a quart of vinegar :)

    We were putting it in their feeds for a while but their feeds were busy enough as it was :) when we first put it in the water we found they werent drinking as much so we dropped the amount for a while and slowly bought it up. They are fine with it now but there are a couple of other horses at the pony club who always go up to the large troughs to drink because they don't like the vinegar :)
        06-19-2008, 10:59 PM
    I hadn't thought about putting it in the water. I wonder if that would help keep algae form growing too????
        06-20-2008, 12:29 AM
    Can you buy it in bulk? And would feed stores sell it? I live in Australia
        06-20-2008, 09:06 AM
    Most grocery stores sell it in gallon (3.79L) jugs here. Since we are talking small amounts, a gallon would last a long time.
    Thanks Jazzy :)

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