Oversensitive to flies? - Page 2
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Oversensitive to flies?

This is a discussion on Oversensitive to flies? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Powered by vBulletin why some people are oversensitive

Like Tree1Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    08-09-2012, 12:17 PM
  #11
Started
I haven't personally tried it with my horses, but my dogs get garlic for flea/tick/mosquito/fly repellent and it works really well. Springtime, Inc. (the company where I buy the garlic for my dogs) also makes a horse variety. Might be worth a shot!
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    08-09-2012, 12:18 PM
  #12
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Well, I read somewhere that zebra stripes don't attract flies....maybe we should paint our horses in black and white?

But coat color HAS something to do with it. Grays seem to have the least flies on them. But I found it's also a thing of personality. Some horses are more laid back, stoic, others get all worked up by the buzzing only
Posted via Mobile Device
Haha yes, I shall give her stripes! That's funny though - Wyn IS grey. Very pale grey, but grey... and my darker horses (both minis are very dark brown, and my previous horses were dark brown and red bay) haven't been bothered NEAR as much.

Once she's been sprayed and the biting stops, the buzzing doesn't seem to bother her too much, so that's good at least. At first she didn't like being sprayed, but I think she's starting to learn that it means the flies are going to stop biting - she stands MUCH better for it now.
     
    08-09-2012, 12:18 PM
  #13
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by nikelodeon79    
I haven't personally tried it with my horses, but my dogs get garlic for flea/tick/mosquito/fly repellent and it works really well. Springtime, Inc. (the company where I buy the garlic for my dogs) also makes a horse variety. Might be worth a shot!
Interesting - is it a spray? Or in their feed?
     
    08-09-2012, 12:20 PM
  #14
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
My mare is also very sensitive and we had an allergy panel done...she is apparently allergic to the cullicoides fly (no-see-ums)! It was recommended by the allergy company and my vet to put her on injections for desensitization of the allergens...I did that for a year and it seemed to help, but then after that it came back. That's when I called them and found out that normally you have to keep them on that regimen for 3-5 years for it to fully work. Whoops
I had two of them....got them without mane and tail hair.a year later the had it back
I used Avon Skin-so-Soft, pure, wiping it on the crest and tail bone, no rubbing in, only superficial, morning and evening, and provided a run in shed and they were okay.
Worked amazingly well, I must say. The girls noticed, too and actually called for the treatment
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    08-09-2012, 12:30 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
I had two of them....got them without mane and tail hair.a year later the had it back
I used Avon Skin-so-Soft, pure, wiping it on the crest and tail bone, no rubbing in, only superficial, morning and evening, and provided a run in shed and they were okay.
Worked amazingly well, I must say. The girls noticed, too and actually called for the treatment
Posted via Mobile Device
I have heard of people using Avon for their horses! I may have to order some and try it out for mine! I work during the day so the barn where I board turns them out, but if Skin-so-soft has a spray version and I leave it on her stall they could spray it on her. If not I could always put it on her the night before I guess and hope it stays on for the next day's turnout!
     
    08-09-2012, 12:31 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Be careful with garlic, when they sweat they will smell like garlic. Apple cidar vinagar works too.

Greys are more susceptable to everything it seems.
     
    08-09-2012, 12:34 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
But coat color HAS something to do with it. Grays seem to have the least flies on them. But I found it's also a thing of personality. Some horses are more laid back, stoic, others get all worked up by the buzzing only
Posted via Mobile Device
Yep flies are drawn to dark colors, so blacks and bays usually take the most annoyance!
     
    08-09-2012, 12:35 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Be careful with garlic, when they sweat they will smell like garlic. Apple cidar vinagar works too.

Greys are more susceptable to everything it seems.
I had my horse on a couple different garlic supplements in the past and I never noticed an odor when she would sweat. BUT I also never noticed a difference in her fly bites, the garlic stuff never did anything for her. She didn't like the taste of it either, it took lots of mixing to get her to eat all her food!
     
    08-09-2012, 12:37 PM
  #19
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
Yep flies are drawn to dark colors, so blacks and bays usually take the most annoyance!
I know, that's what I've always thought - I've actually seen bugs choose to bite me on my black tattoos rather than on my regular skin - which is why it seems so strange to me that my dark horses are fine, but my very pale grey girl is going nuts. It could just be her sensitivity though, she might actually be getting bitten less but they bother her more...?
     
    08-09-2012, 12:47 PM
  #20
Foal
People at my barn use Smartbug-Off and I can really see a difference. I walk into my horse's stall and I am attacked by flies as well as my horse and if you walk into their stall you don't really seem to notice. It works wonders. I am going to get some as soon as I get my paycheck.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Flies! luv2ride Horse Health 26 09-13-2012 01:07 PM
Flies flies...GO AWAY!!!!!!! GRRRRRR SonnyWimps Horse Health 4 06-27-2008 04:43 PM
Flies 8( doczahi Horse Grooming 10 05-11-2008 08:22 PM
Flies oscarozark Horse Health 8 04-27-2008 01:05 PM
Flies!!! jennifer Horse Health 4 07-09-2007 09:31 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:20 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0