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post #1 of 16 Old 04-03-2012, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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Sensetive skin and fly issues!

Hi,

My horse seems to have huge issues with flies,
We use fly spray every time we ride/groom.
The fly spray no longer seems to be working and she constantly swishes her tail very violently, stoms her feet, kicks at flies and tries to bite them.
She does this when i am grooming her and when i am riding at a walk but when she goes faster the flies obviously cant touch her so the problems stop.

Does anyone have any desensitisation/training methods or advice to help us with this as its very frustrating and annoying for both of us!

Thanksyou :)

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-03-2012, 02:29 PM
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Aw, I can imagine it's awful being hounded by flies lol! I'm not usre about any training, but you could maybe buy a fly mask and a fly sheet to protect her in the field? If you wanted to go drastic, you could let her coat grow long (if it's not too hot where you live) to give her some extra cover! You might be able to buy a special stronger fly repellant if you ask at your closest saddlery, or you could try citronella for yourself - you can get wristbands and stuff with it in which repels insects!
Hope you find something eventually!
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post #3 of 16 Old 04-03-2012, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah she has a fly mask + rainsheet at the moment because of the floods the mozzies are the size of 20cent coins or bigger it's crazy!

I've tried different sprays but I might try citronella.
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I dont think citronella works, but I guess you could try it. CV80 works, but is like $20 at TSC and is harsh like the other fly/insect repellents, not good if your horse has sensitive skin. Garlic (chopped or powder) in the grain works wonders, but some horses wont eat the powder, and some wont eat it at all. It makes their sweat smell like garlic (not enough to bother you) so insects stay away. Vinegar works well too, just rub onto areas and make sure the skin doesnt react funny. Try it on the rump before the inner legs! Vinegar sounds harsh, but really it is way less harsh than the chemical horse repellents! There is also a powder you can get at TSC for about $10 for all sorts of livestock that is hard core for almost every insect, but again not the best solution for sensitive skin.

As for training, thats a no. Your horse is miserable, and you can't train the 'miserable' out of something, without fixing the ROOT problem. Its really not your horse's fault. Irritating, yes! But its no different than misfitted tack, a bum leg, or previous abuse. You must fix the root problem or else any kind of training wont last. Find what works soon because a horse that constantly swats with her neck all spring and summer may get a sore neck and back and then ride even worse! CV80 (country vet 80) makes a stall sprayer that works wonders, and make sure she has a nice fan in her stall when its hot, and keep her stall pretty tidy - that will really help with her fly irritation. Heck, they even make little bugs you set out in your barnyard that eat your flies, and it actually really works with consistent stall cleaning and poop composting, but that's if you are really dedicated to the cause! Good luck and try the vinegar/garlic first! Then CV80!
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I dont think citronella works, but I guess you could try it. CV80 works, but is like $20 at TSC and is harsh like the other fly/insect repellents, not good if your horse has sensitive skin. Garlic (chopped or powder) in the grain works wonders, but some horses wont eat the powder, and some wont eat it at all. It makes their sweat smell like garlic (not enough to bother you) so insects stay away. Vinegar works well too, just rub onto areas and make sure the skin doesnt react funny. Try it on the rump before the inner legs! Vinegar sounds harsh, but really it is way less harsh than the chemical horse repellents! There is also a powder you can get at TSC for about $10 for all sorts of livestock that is hard core for almost every insect, but again not the best solution for sensitive skin.

As for training, thats a no. Your horse is miserable, and you can't train the 'miserable' out of something, without fixing the ROOT problem. Its really not your horse's fault. Irritating, yes! But its no different than misfitted tack, a bum leg, or previous abuse. You must fix the root problem or else any kind of training wont last. Find what works soon because a horse that constantly swats with her neck all spring and summer may get a sore neck and back and then ride even worse! CV80 (country vet 80) makes a stall sprayer that works wonders, and make sure she has a nice fan in her stall when its hot, and keep her stall pretty tidy - that will really help with her fly irritation. Heck, they even make little bugs you set out in your barnyard that eat your flies, and it actually really works with consistent stall cleaning and poop composting, but that's if you are really dedicated to the cause! Good luck and try the vinegar/garlic first! Then CV80!
Im in australia and have never heard of CV80, she is in a paddock (huge) all day.
I am worried about giving her garlic due to its properties that can cause anemia in some horses.
I know its not her fault! hope i didnt imply that i just wanted to make her more comfortable!

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vasiline stops the flys from sticking! it worked on my grey anglo arab
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Ew giant mozzies lol! I suppose you could keep her in when the little buggers are at their most active, but then your horse might get bored :( Vaseline is an idea i've not heard of, so it's probably worth a try!
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CV80 is what dairy farms use around by me, so if you look for stores that carry any of that type of livestock they may have it. I've found that the sprays made for cows, sheep, etc. are a lot more powerful and last longer than horse spray. They also smell 200% worse!! But that's probably why it's more effective. I have to cover my nose when I spray it, but the horses don't seem to mind. I'll use a rag to get their face & ears.

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Do we have CV80 in Australia?
I dont have the option to put her in a stall as we dont have one! Darn!
I will have to have a look at our local murray golburn to look for it.

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I would say buy every fly protector you can including: mask, sheet, spray, ointment, feed threw.

My horse hates flys as well, this coming year I am going to try putting a fly sheet on him and possibly a mask. It seems that smartpak.com has alot of feed to help with fly control, I would also try putting up a contain to capture them.

Oh! And I also heard vinegar fly spray works really well.

Good luck!


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