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    09-07-2009, 07:17 PM
  #1
Weanling
Good fly spray?

Hey everyone. As some of you may remember, my horse Annie had a terrible fear of horse spray. We have been working on it, and while I have to sometimes trot her in circles to finish the job, I can now spray her whole body, except her face. I use a fly mask for that. However, now I need help finding a really good spray for a reasonable price. I bought Absorbine, some cheap $10 stuff, and it doesn't really work at all. I mean, it does reduce the flies somewhat, but it's not enough. Any suggestions? I'm not an utter cheapie, but decent price is a big plus. I am basically just using what's left of it to practice on Annie with, to further help her deal with her terror of fly spray. In my area we have Orsheln's (spelling? Lol...), TSC, Feeder's Supply...do they carry anything good?

On a side note, my new horse Belle has got specks in her mane...just on the tips. My mom said they are bot fly eggs. I thought Ivermectic dealt with bot flies for some reason...am I wrong? I already threw the box away 2 weeks ago when she was dewormed, so I can't check it. I used gold, if that makes a difference.

Thanks!
     
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    09-07-2009, 07:32 PM
  #2
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Lori1983    
Hey everyone. As some of you may remember, my horse Annie had a terrible fear of horse spray. We have been working on it, and while I have to sometimes trot her in circles to finish the job, I can now spray her whole body, except her face. I use a fly mask for that. However, now I need help finding a really good spray for a reasonable price. I bought Absorbine, some cheap $10 stuff, and it doesn't really work at all. I mean, it does reduce the flies somewhat, but it's not enough. Any suggestions? I'm not an utter cheapie, but decent price is a big plus. I am basically just using what's left of it to practice on Annie with, to further help her deal with her terror of fly spray. In my area we have Orsheln's (spelling? Lol...), TSC, Feeder's Supply...do they carry anything good?
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These are the only two fly sprays that I've had any real results with. They're around the $15-20 range. That may be a bit more pricey I think, but I'd rather pay a few more bucks for something that actually works instead of wasting money on something that doesn't work at all. I have bought both at TSC.

IDK, it might depend on where you live to. Flies may be more immune to certain fly sprays in some areas than in others. I almost never have to fly spray my horses. The flies are just not that bad in my area.

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Originally Posted by Lori1983    
On a side note, my new horse Belle has got specks in her mane...just on the tips. My mom said they are bot fly eggs. I thought Ivermectic dealt with bot flies for some reason...am I wrong? I already threw the box away 2 weeks ago when she was dewormed, so I can't check it. I used gold, if that makes a difference.

Thanks!
Hmm, not sure. I know there certain wormers meant for just bot flies/eggs, but I can't remember which one exactly. I bet you could google that, and find out. I think just getting rid of the eggs on her mane would help the most anyway. You can buy a bot block, or you can just use your fingers and pull them off.
     
    09-07-2009, 08:20 PM
  #3
Weanling
I saw UltraShield just the other day at Oesheln's. I was considering it, but didn't want to shell out the extra money without knowing if it actually works. The sort they had was oil based, supposedly longer-lasting. I'll give it a try for sure.
     
    09-08-2009, 08:18 AM
  #4
Started
I find different sprays work in different areas etc. I have had great luck with:
Horsemans Dream 7000(I think it's called)
Piranha spray(bought 4 quarts, got 4 lil bottles with it for nearly the same amount as a gallon and I didn't have to pour it in the lil bottles) for close to $10. A bottle
Zonk It(tho it didn't seem to work as well later on)
Endure

I forget what else. The main thing to remember is none of them will keep insects off for more than a few hours. Fly sheets do better. ;) For riding they are usually good tho.
     
    09-08-2009, 01:27 PM
  #5
Foal
I use fly predators for my horses, don't even need to spray them unless I take them on a trail ride somewhere outside the pasture or something. Fly predators are shipped to you, they're smaller than gnats and don't bite you or your horses and are actually a species of wasp. You place the larvae on horse droppings in your pasture and when they mature they lay eggs on fly maggots and their larvae eats the maggots. No flies in my pasture at all! Great alternative to fly spray, cause I have yet to find a product that keeps the bigger varieties at bay.
     
    09-08-2009, 02:23 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Laralee    
I use fly predators for my horses, don't even need to spray them unless I take them on a trail ride somewhere outside the pasture or something. Fly predators are shipped to you, they're smaller than gnats and don't bite you or your horses and are actually a species of wasp. You place the larvae on horse droppings in your pasture and when they mature they lay eggs on fly maggots and their larvae eats the maggots. No flies in my pasture at all! Great alternative to fly spray, cause I have yet to find a product that keeps the bigger varieties at bay.
How close are you to any neighboring horses/animals? We have several neighbors that have horses and cows so I have hesitated to invest in using the fly predators because it seems pretty pointless when the flies breeding in their areas will just buzz over to our place.
     
    09-08-2009, 03:46 PM
  #7
Weanling
In my experience the best are Pyranha and Endure.
     
    09-08-2009, 09:49 PM
  #8
Foal
Endure is amazing! It's the only stuff that i've found that works. And ivermectin only works on bot fly eggs once they're ingested. It doesn't do anything to the external fly eggs
     
    09-09-2009, 08:28 AM
  #9
Weanling
I've also used the Predators, they actually do work! However I've found they attract ants, lead to a whole different issue.
     
    09-09-2009, 08:42 AM
  #10
Weanling
I have pretty good luck with Endure usually
     

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