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post #1 of 6 Old 01-23-2012, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Garlic - Fly Control Does it Work?

My horse is so very sensitive to fly bites and they get so bad I can barely ride him b/c he is so uncomfortable. This year I want to try feeding him supplements that have garlic for fly control. Any suggestions? Does it work?

I'm specifically looking at Garli-Eze or Bug Off Garlic. Does anyone have any experience with these?
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-23-2012, 11:55 PM
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I have not see this work at all

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I believe in order for garlic to work, every horse has to be on it. But instead of looking into a product, if you really want to try garlic, just give him a scoop of garlic in his daily feed. I was at a barn that used it, everyone got garlic in their feed am and pm. I didn't see much of a difference, but we were also in a really wet area.

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I really don't like the idea of feeding garlic to horses. It is toxic just like onions and can cause anemia. Spraying garlic oil on the horse can help...but its not a much nicer smell than the regular sprays. Apple cider vinegar is something I read about being a good fly repellent, both fed to the horse and sprayed on the horse.
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I've seen it help with a horse who was very sensitive to midge bites. There is concern about garlic causing anemia but there is no hard evidence suggesting it shouldn't be fed at all, just that care needs to be taken to make sure it isn't overfed. The horse I knew was on it seasonally for this very reason - started on it right before fly season, and taken off of it at the end of it. If you're in a location where flies are a year long issue, I'm not sure I'd recommend it. I've never heard of every horse in the barn needing to be on it for it to work, didn't seem to be an issue in the case I know of.

Brewer's yeast is another one that is said to help.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-24-2012, 03:27 PM
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Please also be aware that the horse will give off a not so wonderful odor to humans too.

For my overly sensitive gelding, I have a fly sheet on during turnout and found one fly spray that works wonders for when I ride. $$ - but worth it for him to be comfortable.
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