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post #1 of 24 Old 05-06-2011, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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SmartBug-off any one use it.

I just bought SmartBug-off for my horse and wanted to know if anyone has used it. He has sweet ich problems majorly and needs something I have tried lots of things and hope that this will do the trick. Any advice would be great. Thanks .

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post #2 of 24 Old 05-07-2011, 10:18 AM
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I'd like to hear opinions on this product also! We just started our two horses on it three days ago....

Our OTTB is a gray, and OTTBs are supposedly thin skinned, being gray makes his skin even more sensitive, we've been told...and he suffers horribly during fly season. They drive him insane, and he is so reactive to their bites(rearing, bucking, bolting) that he is dangerous to be around. He also suffers from severe allergic hives from the bites and is quite lumpy and insanely itchy during fly season. The vet said he may have to go antihistamines if this doesn't work.

our Belgian mare is much less reactive and doesn't have allergies, but the flies do bother her to the point where she repeatedly kicks at her stomach where they like to congregate, and has twice last summer lacerated her stomach with her hoof.

So, here's hoping this stuff works to some degree......for both of us.
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post #3 of 24 Old 05-07-2011, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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I am also trying the apple cider vinager in the water. I have tried all froms of fly sheets and masks he rubbs himself rawl every wear it toches him. He has so many cuts and scarse from this that it breaks my heart. We tryed keeping him on hidroxazem ( it is like benadrill for horses) and we have tride staroid shots to know use. Most of the fly sprays do not work on nats which in GA are every were and for longer preiods of time that when we were in TN. So if this dose not work I do not know what to do it gets worce each yr.

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post #4 of 24 Old 05-07-2011, 10:54 AM
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I feel your desperation.


I don't know what else we can do, if this doesn't alleviate Beau's issues. I don't expect it to be a 100% fix, but SOME alleviation would be good.

Why did God ever create flies?? Do they have any POSITIVE purpose in life?
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post #5 of 24 Old 05-07-2011, 01:03 PM
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I know a lot of people who swear by fly predators Fly Control for Horses - Fly Control by Spalding Labs I haven't personally used them because i only have 3 horses and a donkey but there is a boarding barn next door with 7 horses, so if order for them to be effective i think i'd have to get enough for 10 horses and i don't feel like paying for the neighbors fly control lol...but i'm boarding one of my horses temporarily for training and they use them there are say they are fantastic, she said even the parents from summer camp noticed a difference from the previous year
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post #6 of 24 Old 05-07-2011, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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We have that but it they do not kill nats and that is what causes sweet ich from what I read and I belave it cause we did not have as many nats in Tn and his problelm was very light then.

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post #7 of 24 Old 05-09-2011, 04:40 AM
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Bugg off

Hi there. I have been using SmartPacks bug off for about 3 weeks now and I think it is working. I see a lot of flies in the pasture, but I don't see any around the horses eyes and ears! I really think it is helping keep the flies off of them. One of our horses is a pony and the flies love her eyes. Her eyes are vert clean for the moment. I will continue to use it.

I have heard a lot of apple cider vinegar. How does it work? What dose do you use?

Thanks :)
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post #8 of 24 Old 05-09-2011, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Well we just started it 1/8 cup for 5 gal. 2 cup for a 100 gal. We are adding it to thier water. Do you notice any that your horses do not like the taset of the bug off?

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post #9 of 24 Old 05-09-2011, 03:25 PM
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I add it to their feed. Our horses are like chow hounds. They eat every last crumb....
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post #10 of 24 Old 05-09-2011, 05:07 PM
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I've been keeping my horse's belly gooped up with SWAT to keep the gnats away. So far so good. I'm also curious to hear more about the effectiveness of SmartBug. It is a pellet right? I can't use the garlic powerdy stuff since the taste clashes big time with his other supplements.

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