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    01-10-2012, 03:48 AM
Putting fly spray on wounds?

The horse I have been waiting MONTHS for finally arrived today after 3 days of pretty intense travel poor guy. Surprisingly he wasn't in too bad of a condition, he was stressed but he quickly calmed down once he was settled in, fed and watered

The thing I am worried about is that he is absolutely riddled with insect bites. Especially his back legs, They feel like the have the texture of bubblewrap. Quite a few of them have broken open. At his old residence he was rarely bitten, never like this. Why has the travel suddenly caused him to erupt like this? Of course in the morning ill be running off to grab him some sort of spray, but Im really worried about irritating his wounds further. Is there a product specifically designed to keep flies off wounds? Or am I better off mixing my own? What would be the best mixture to use in his case?

Thanks for any help in advance, much appreciated Photos coming soon!
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    01-10-2012, 04:06 AM
Sorry for double post, but I realise there are tonnes of fly spray threads already and I have read alot of them, but I am asking specifically what type of spray is ok to put on open wounds
    01-10-2012, 04:49 AM
Congratulations on the arrival of your new horse - a very exciting time.

Are you sure they are insect bites and not mudfever - what you are describing sounds very like mudfever.

Some photos would be good.

If you think it could be mudfever then buy some Nizoral from a pharmacy and give him a good bath in it, lather the shampoo up well and work well into the skin - you can just do his legs if you feel he's not up to having a full bath.

If flybites then white vinegar will help ease the itching and will deter the flies. Also rubbing salt onto them will help too. Feeding a Vitamin B supplement will help repel the insects from within.
    01-10-2012, 09:28 AM
Try Swat. It's a salve specifically for keeping flies off of wounds. It's also great to put around their eyes during fly season.
    01-10-2012, 04:44 PM
I don't know if it is available in Australia or not, but if you were in the US we would use Swat in a situation like that.

SWAT Fly Ointment 6oz - Horse.com
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    01-10-2012, 07:12 PM
Thankyou! Yes an extremely exciting time! I can't believe he's finally here

I am pretty sure its not mudfever, I had a look at some images on the net and his bites don't look like those from what I saw. Ill have a look in the saddlery today to see if they sell swat, or something similar hopefully. The place I am agisting him said they use citronella oil on their legs when its get bad, but lately its been so hot they can't use it, its just burns them in the heat.

Il try and take some photos when I go out there today, Could it be that he's just not use to fly attacks where we are? Its about a 15 hours drive from where he came from.
    01-10-2012, 07:59 PM
This mix is easy to make and very effective and uses Citronella
Fly Repellant Mix
15ml Citronella
2 Tbs Meths
1 Tbs Dishwashing Liquid
4 Tbs Vinegar
250ml strong Black tea
Add to 2 ltrs Water
Store in a Spray bottle
    01-10-2012, 10:15 PM
I love WonderDust from Farnam, great for healing wounds, and is AMAZING at repelling flies off them. I also love how you put it on, you just squeeze the bottle and this powder puffs on..
    01-11-2012, 03:27 AM
Thanks so much everyone. Checked on him today but it was REDICULOUSLY windy, like being blown off your feet windy so I really couldnt do much with him (including taking photos), he was really edgy today with the wind and settling in still etc. He also wouldnt let me get a spray bottle anywhere near him so I just put some water with vinegar and eucalyptus oil over his legs. Hopefully it wards off the flies a bit. The welts had gone down alot today anyways so I think he'll be ok.
    01-11-2012, 03:34 AM
You can also mix half a bottle of teatree oil with petroleum jelly to make a healing paste. It works like swat but without the label in my experience. Just give it time.. congrats on the new horse!

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