I have a pony mare which has a terrible fly rack (is that spelled right I hope? )
Well, last/last year she just rubbed out all her mane and the top of the tail. She thought OK, we buy some repellent next year and it will be OK.
This spring she started to rub earlier and she rubbed out all her mane, the top of the tail, she had scab all over her belly, whithers, ears, teat, between hind legs, etc... I bought an the veiling-like rug blanket covering also her neck, and the fly mask....
And I started to grease it to her as often as possible- with vaseline, canabis cream, sunflower oil, marigold cream, atc... she was better, but I can't be with her all the time, and her owner is afraid of her so she doesn't care for her... But I put also the elastic belt for blankets over it, because she had it quite long-and so I covered also her belly.
So she rubbed it all the time, even with the blanket, and she ripped it apart (like completely, i've already repaired it few times, but this was rubbed all apart, in several pieces). But it was October, I refused to buy her a new one immediately/and I didnt have the money. She mainly rubbed her ears "only" by then, she damaged 3 fly masks/she tore ear parts apart, her ears were all bloody... :(
There is a very well known fly spray here in cyech rep/ called Farnam Endure - it should last even 2 weeks, and not sweat nor rain should take it off. I am thinking of buying it. Additinaly the "sack" blanket/ that covers all her body- do you have any tips? I need a very adamant one/ she likes to lay on the ground, roll over and over and rub herself with the branches of some trees. Additionally, I would like to have her stabled 24/7, so some that dries quickly and can be worn 24/7... I can now invest into a good one, just tell me into which one. And I will repair the old one to place it on her while the good one is drying etc....
Additionally, I heard that garlic pills are great, that the horse "stinks" to flies etc... Any experience?
My little girl looks like I had been abusing her... She didn't ride for almost 2 months, or only for a walk without a saddle... She dropped muscles and her fur was terrible :( Poor poor pony, everyone told me... We were at a "hunt" (traditional event-closing the riding season) and half the people there wanted to kill me with their eyes :(