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    07-06-2008, 12:32 PM

Our mare is getting eaten alive by the mosquitoes this summer. We have been using "Mosquito Halt" but it isn't doing the trick. She has big swollen welts all over her body. They don't seem to bother her too much or be too itchy when we're brushing or riding her, but I would think she has to be uncomfortable. We have also tried the fly sheet but she doesn't like it and tries to rub/roll/shake it off. It makes me nervous that she might catch her hoof/leg in the straps and hurt herself. She is better with a fly mask so we use that daily.

Any and all suggestions welcome!
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    07-06-2008, 07:06 PM
Has she had a westnile shot?

I just use flyspray. Lots of it. And a sheet occasionally.
    07-06-2008, 07:14 PM
Flyspray!!! I use Absorbine fly's awesome, & works wonders! Sheets are also good...have you tried a fly hood? Maybe he'd like that?
    07-06-2008, 09:46 PM
Green Broke
I would make sure she has had her shots since you say she is getting eatten by them sont want her to get westnile!!! The only thing I kno is Fly spray! :)
    07-07-2008, 02:12 PM
Yes, she had her West Nile in early June. We now know that we can never slack on that one!! I think we're just going to put extra fly spray on until the skeeters die down and hope for the best. Poor thing, she had welts all over!! Of course it has been a yucky, rainy, cold spring/early summer here in the PNW so the skeeters have been horrible!

Thanks for the input!
    07-07-2008, 02:16 PM
Is she mostly indoors or out?

It's been rather rainy by me and my horses are kept out all the time and they seem to be ok.

It may be that they are able to keep moving, where as stalled horses are limited.

I also put this cream on any bumps I see. When I go to the barn, i'll see what it is called. It says it helps with bug bites and itching.
    07-07-2008, 03:35 PM
Green Broke
Also, make sure there's no standing water where they can breed :)
    07-08-2008, 11:15 AM
Our horse can come and go from her paddock in/out of her stall and she has turnout on acreage every afternoon for a few hours. Unfortunately, there is a retaining pond just outside one of the pastures with plenty of standing water. :(
    07-08-2008, 11:41 AM
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You can try a vinegar and water mix. It stinks but it seems to work...
    07-09-2008, 11:15 PM
Endure Fly Spray It Is The Best Stuff! It is sweat proof soak her in that and it should put it to a stop!

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