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    09-11-2011, 02:01 AM
  #11
Weanling
There are also fly masks out there with ears. :)
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    09-11-2011, 02:24 AM
  #12
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All fly spray is pretty worthless in my opinion, it lasts for minutes and even then it isn't very effective.

You would be better with a fly sheet that has an extra bit that goes under the horses belly, and the flap for the tail.

Amigo Bug Buster Fly Sheet

Also a fly mask with ears.

SuperMask® II Shimmer Weave Fly Mask with Ears

I feed garlic, and it seems to help with ticks, but doesn't do much for flies. But a lot of people have had great success with predator flies

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    09-11-2011, 10:54 AM
  #13
Weanling
She has a fly mask with ears, I was procrastinating on buying her a full body fly sheet because it was terribly hot and humid here in QC. Will the added "layer" of the fly sheet not make her too hot? I have only had her for 2 weeks, and the old owners had nothing for her.
     
    09-11-2011, 11:01 AM
  #14
Green Broke
I just want to add I have had quite a bit of success with garlic even if it doesnt smell that nice. I also know someone who said it helped a lot with her horse who had bad sweet itch, she didn't use just the garlic though because he was real bad.
     
    09-11-2011, 11:25 AM
  #15
Weanling
Yeah, I would say buy a full body fly sheet. Here in texas, i'm lucky no bugs are attacking my horses, because it's so HOT that my poor horses don't even want to wear anything
     
    09-11-2011, 01:53 PM
  #16
Foal
I have a horse with sweet itch and for some reason he's also extra attractive to other flies. We have a few horses out together and while they might get a bite or two, this guy will literally have a swarm of biting flies around him.
This summer we tried just about everything. Garlic, fly sprays, different pasture, special shampoos etc. While some sprays worked, most of them were useless. The only one that worked well was 'carr & day & martin', but it contains high amounts of deet and only lasts about 3 hours before the flies are on him again.
We bought him an Amigo fly sheet and the relief was instant, long lasting, chemical free and cheaper then any other remedy in the long run. I was also worried about overheating aswell as we never used a fly sheet before but it it actually helps cool him down in hot sunnny weather as it reflects the sun light.Its a very fine, light mesh. This was a big bonus for us as this guy is black and would roast on hot days. Now he's cool and protected.
We also bought him a fly mask which was great as he was rubbing bald patches on his face.He was also sitting on the ground and rubbing his belly off his rear hooves, so there was bald patches down his belly aswell. We tried a variety of creams and potions and lotions on the bald patches to help them heal but none of them worked. In desperation one day I went out and attacked him with a tub of sudocrem (nappy rash cream) and he stopped trying to scratch within 2 minutes. Within a week the hair was growing back rapidly and now, about a month later, you would never know the bald patches were there. This worked remarkably well but if you're going to try it, just try a small patch first, and the only downside I found to sudocrem was that I had to apply it every day but I didnt mind as the soothing effect it had on his itchy bits was amazing.
The only thing I would say to you about the fly rug is to make sure he is fenced in with electric fence, away from anything he can scratch off. Might not be a problem for you if he doesnt have sweet itch but I learnt this lesson the hard way when I forgot to turn on the fence in his paddock and came out the next morning and found the rug at the bottom of the field. I couldnt even tell which end was which. It was just a rag with a strap here and there.
Sorry about the novel. I just felt for you as soon as I read your post. Its horrible to watch them suffer and hopefully some of this helps.
     
    09-11-2011, 02:52 PM
  #17
Foal
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I like "Pyranha Wipe N' Spray" the best of the ones I've tried. I have also heard Endure is good, but I have never tried it myself. .
I agree! Pyranha may be a little pricey compared to the other brands but it is the only thing I use. They also make a shampoo that I have been wanting to try. It works so well. I used to have video of my horses tied to the trailer at a horse show. They weren't switching their tails or moving a muscle but all the horses around us were stomping, twitching and moving their tales like crazy. It holds up well and the smell is ok.

You may try getting a nice quality fly sheet with neck attachment to and misting with the pyranha over it and try turnout over a small period of time. I've had really good luck with the rambo and amigo brands. They are pretty high priced but I have one that is on it's 4th summer and still looks like new. Love them and I'm sure your mare would appreciate it.
     
    09-11-2011, 04:47 PM
  #18
Weanling
Where I work we had a haflinger with the worst sweet itch when he came (scrawny little thing as well), and we had a bit of a regimen with him :P
In the afternoon, before he went to the field for the night, he was doused in normal fly spray, and had this really strong stuff in his tail, not sure what it was called, but we had to wear gloves and apply it with cotton wool. He'd then have a fly rug put on, and the thing that worked the best was a citronella collar that we put on him.
He also had garlic in his food, which seemed to help with the midges
     
    09-11-2011, 05:47 PM
  #19
Weanling
Thank you all for the great info you've shared! I'll be measuring her tonight and buying her a fly sheet tomorrow when the tack shop is open =)
     

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