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    08-09-2012, 01:12 PM
Originally Posted by Failbhe    
Interesting - is it a spray? Or in their feed?
It's in their feed: Springtime, Inc. | Bug Off Garlic for Horses | Natural Fly and Tick Repellent

My dogs breath smells like garlic for about a minute after they eat it, but then there is no odor whatsoever. Obviously, horses sweat and dogs don't, so I can't say whether or not horses would smell like garlic.
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    08-09-2012, 01:19 PM
Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
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!
The spray doesn't work as well, I found. It has something to do with the oil. Gnats can't bite through an oil film.
If you could have her turned out after 9am and brought back in before 5pm that might help already. I had to run out and apply before dawn and around 5pm to beat the gnats to it.....
And if you get the Avon, get the "Original" bath oil. The other ones won't work as well.
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    08-09-2012, 01:21 PM
I think I'll have to give the garlic a try - maybe for my dogs too! I don't care if she smells like garlic, it's worth it if the bugs leave her alone.
    08-09-2012, 01:25 PM
Originally Posted by Failbhe    
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...?
Highly likely. The other one's being ponies might have something to do with it, too. But then again....Icelandic horses have that allergy a lot...the one's who are directly from Iceland especially, because there are no gnats. And easy keeper breeds in general also, Arabs, pony breeds, hafi's, fjords, friesians, so it might also have something to do with feeding......
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    08-09-2012, 01:39 PM
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Just remember any feed through usually takes a month to take effect as it needs to build up in their system. If you get the skin so soft oil and put it in a spray bottle that works.

I will say since I have gotten Lizzy dear's health back on track and taken care of her defciencies she has had a lot less bug bites. Her legs aren't bitten to a bloody mess anymore. But it could be that aweful smell red cell gives off haha.
    08-09-2012, 01:51 PM
When the flies are bad I wipe my horses down with dirty crankcase oil from an oil change. I leave it in the sun for 24 hrs then wipe it on. Horse isn't pretty but it gets a lot of protection. The focus is on the lower legs and chest. Petroleum jelly for the thin skinned areas. Both last about 3 days. This was told to me by men who worked in the bush with horses many years ago and it is very effective. I pour oil on the lower half of the tail and the horse wipe each other down as they stand head to rump.
    08-10-2012, 07:49 PM
Green Broke
Motor oil?! Maybe I'm just being dramatic but I don't think I could put that stuff on my girl's skin!
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    08-10-2012, 07:56 PM
That and even worse, how do you get it off?????
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    08-10-2012, 10:20 PM
Anytime I hear the word bumps in relation to fly season I think Neck Thread Worms.

Even if its allergies, anyone with a horse getting bumps on their neck and chest and is miserably itchy should at least try the NTW remedy and see if the horse gains some relief. There's a couple reason why. First is its such a horrible thing for the horse to suffer. Second, its transmittable to previously uninfected horses.

The test treatment for NTWs is simply to double dose the horse with ivermectrin or Equimax. (per his body weight. Not two whole tubes) If its NTWs the horse will usually become intensly itchy between 1 and 3 days after as the microfillia die off. In two weeks you should see a little improvement. Double dose again and see where his his in another two weeks. If its healing up well, treat the horse one a month with a double dose during fly season till the horse no longer has bumps. If bumps pop up at any time again during fly season, treat him asap.

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    08-10-2012, 10:36 PM
Hmm, threadworm definitely sounds like something to keep a wary eye out for - I don't think that it's a problem for my horse specifically, because she doesn't seem at all itchy (she isn't rubbing, biting, scratching or reacting when I rub or scratch the areas) and as soon as she has been fly sprayed she calms right down and there doesn't seem to be a problem. If she does develop an itch, however, I'll definitely look into it.

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