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post #1 of 22 Old 02-05-2012, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Question How to keep black horse comfortable in summer??

Hi Everyone,
Sorry I haven't been on in awhile, I have been so busy with school and my horse :)

I was wondering if any of you guys had suggestions of how to keep a black horse/dark colored horse comfortable in the summer?

My horse is black, but I feel like last summer he was so un-comfortable no matter how many cold baths I gave him...do you guys know any way to keep them happy and comfortable during the hot summer days?

Also, what is the best way to keep flies away from them? My guy kept getting swollen eyes from itching his legs covered in flies.

I know it is winter, but it is something I have been thinking about for awhile

Thanks so much


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post #2 of 22 Old 02-05-2012, 09:48 PM
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I have a black gelding too who hates flies and bugs! He went nuts one day and almost attacked himself over one fly while I was hand grazing him!

For the flies:
Rambo and weatherbrta and amigo have good quality fly sheet with neck covers an are very very breathable and easy to clean! Then the cashel fly masks are great; ear coverage and goes down to the nose!

You can feed through garlic in his grain that will help! Keeping his paddocks/stall clean helps!

You can hook up a big fan for his stall of you thank that will help, smart pack and Dover saddlery has those!

To keep him black the fly sheet will help there are many shampoos and feed through supplements to help with that! If he is at your house or you have the option to have him turned out at night that would help.


Good luck!
Hope the bugs don't win this year! Just ordered my Rambo fly sheet with belly and neck covers! When it gets closer to the time I'll get his fly mask!

Hope this helped!
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That helps alot :) What kind of garlic do I feed him? Just from the store? How much? I also feed him Paprika so I don't want him to get sick from too many ingredients! Thanks so much! That helps alot!

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I have a black gelding too who hates flies and bugs! He went nuts one day and almost attacked himself over one fly while I was hand grazing him!

For the flies:
Rambo and weatherbrta and amigo have good quality fly sheet with neck covers an are very very breathable and easy to clean! Then the cashel fly masks are great; ear coverage and goes down to the nose!

You can feed through garlic in his grain that will help! Keeping his paddocks/stall clean helps!

You can hook up a big fan for his stall of you thank that will help, smart pack and Dover saddlery has those!

To keep him black the fly sheet will help there are many shampoos and feed through supplements to help with that! If he is at your house or you have the option to have him turned out at night that would help.


Good luck!
Hope the bugs don't win this year! Just ordered my Rambo fly sheet with belly and neck covers! When it gets closer to the time I'll get his fly mask!

Hope this helped!


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I am not sure on the amount cause I get my stuff through smart pak but it's for his immune system, been struggling all winter keeping him healthy! But I know you can use garlic from home. Garlic powder, introduce it to him slowly it's very smelly so he might not be to thrilled! Oliver is the biggest pig in the barn do he eats his right up! I'm guessing you can give him around 2-3 table spoons? A Little will go along ways!
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Thanks! Does it keep the flies away well? Will it only work if you give it everyday? My horse can be a pig but he can be picky :P lol :)
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I am not sure on the amount cause I get my stuff through smart pak but it's for his immune system, been struggling all winter keeping him healthy! But I know you can use garlic from home. Garlic powder, introduce it to him slowly it's very smelly so he might not be to thrilled! Oliver is the biggest pig in the barn do he eats his right up! I'm guessing you can give him around 2-3 table spoons? A Little will go along ways!


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Not sure about bugs, but if you're talking about heat, with my mare (looks like yours is a twin!) I had set up some water misters for her. I tried a sprinkler at first but she didn't like that much water at a time, though some will love it. But she'd stand in front of them all day.
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That is so cute :) That is something I have to talk to the owner about, I board :P Thanks so much!
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Not sure about bugs, but if you're talking about heat, with my mare (looks like yours is a twin!) I had set up some water misters for her. I tried a sprinkler at first but she didn't like that much water at a time, though some will love it. But she'd stand in front of them all day.


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Oh yeah garlic is a great way to get flies to bug off, no pun intended! Lol
Feed it everyday in his grain! I'd for sure talk to your barn owner about the fan idea, they will prolly want you to pay a bit extra cause it's electricity from there bill but if they are true cring horse people they might agree!
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No problem! I boarded at the time as well. We had a Haflinger at the barn that a friend of mine shipped from Europe, and we were living in Utah (desert), and he had a regular sprinkler that he would stand under all day. My God he'd be soaked but he loved it lol
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That is a really good idea! I will do so :)
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Oh yeah garlic is a great way to get flies to bug off, no pun intended! Lol
Feed it everyday in his grain! I'd for sure talk to your barn owner about the fan idea, they will prolly want you to pay a bit extra cause it's electricity from there bill but if they are true cring horse people they might agree!


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