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post #1 of 23 Old 01-05-2013, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Fly mask, sheet and boots on or swollen body?

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I am thinking about when spring and summer comes around if I should buy my gelding a fly mask, sheet and boots. He seemed to rub off his fly mask last year, and when he didn't have one on his left eye would always get puffy and leaky.

With the sheet, I would like to keep him cool because he is black. (I would buy Kensington)

And I want the boots because he gets really bad cracks in his hoofs from stomping the flies away.

Is it a good idea to protect him or let him fight it off himself? I just don't want him to be unhappy with the fly protection-- lol

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I don't see why you shouldn't buy him a fly mask; it can only help him =]
If you just want to buy him a fly sheet to keep him cool, it won't really do much but keep him at the same temperature because he has something more on him. The fly sheets breathe, but even if they are light colored it will just keep them from getting hotter.
Also, what type of boots are you talking about? I've never heard of a horse getting cracks in their hooves from stamping flies away but that's just me. Is he stamping on concrete or outside?
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He is stamping on hard solid outdoor dirt.
Here they are:
Kensington Horse Fly Boots - Horse.com

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I don't see why you shouldn't buy him a fly mask; it can only help him =]
If you just want to buy him a fly sheet to keep him cool, it won't really do much but keep him at the same temperature because he has something more on him. The fly sheets breathe, but even if they are light colored it will just keep them from getting hotter.
Also, what type of boots are you talking about? I've never heard of a horse getting cracks in their hooves from stamping flies away but that's just me. Is he stamping on concrete or outside?


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I don't see what they could hurt =] The fleece might make his legs sweat, though.
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Can you not fly spray him? It'd be way cheaper and more comfortable for the horse than putting a sheet and boots on him.

Also, I'd be concerned about why his hooves are weak enough to crack just from stamping.
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I don't get out everyday so it really doesn't help.

Well, he is on solid hard dirt 24/7...
I am not worried about them being weak, it is pretty common for horses hooves to crack from it.
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Can you not fly spray him? It'd be way cheaper and more comfortable for the horse than putting a sheet and boots on him.

Also, I'd be concerned about why his hooves are weak enough to crack just from stamping.
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Fly spray doesn't help much for my horse, either =/ I bought him a fly sheet with a neck on it last summer because he had rubbed his neck completely raw from the fly bites. I never once had a single problem with his hooves cracking, though, and he's barefoot living on solid dirt.
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I live in the Midwest, and it is 80% of the horses in the area whose hoofs get small cracks...
Yeah :/
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Fly spray doesn't help much for my horse, either =/ I bought him a fly sheet with a neck on it last summer because he had rubbed his neck completely raw from the fly bites. I never once had a single problem with his hooves cracking, though, and he's barefoot living on solid dirt.


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Another alternative would be to bathe him in apple cider vinegar once a week. My old gelding was allergic to fly bites, as is my friend's Arab gelding, and we would bathe them in an apple cider vinegar solution once a week. Kept the flies away and soothed their skin. We'd bathe them like normal, then mix about two cups of apple cider vinegar with cool water in a 2 gallon bucket. Once it's full, pour it over the horse as a rinse, making sure you coat them everywhere (refill you bucket if you have to).

Just trying to think of ways to save you money. If your horse rubs off his fly mask (my old gelding would get his neighbors to do it for him), he might not take kindly to all the other crap on him in the heat.
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