'Tis the season: Adivice

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    06-27-2009, 04:57 PM
'Tis the season: Adivice

My poor boy Bay, he does not go well with a spray bottle, I don't know if something happend to him before he was at the rescue, but I've been working with him slowly just using water, and its the sound that it makes that scares him, so i've been spraying fly spray on a brush or a rag and put it on him that way.

I am using Equi-Spot now, and its okay. Its $11.25 and with that adding up, its a bit much.

What other remedies do you guys know of that have helped with insects in the past. Bayberry, being a TB is thin-skinned and is allergic to the insect bites.
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    06-27-2009, 06:56 PM
I think there is roll on fly spray. It would take a while, but it might work.

Have you tested out different types of spray bottles with him?
    06-28-2009, 11:05 AM
Originally Posted by appylover31803    
I think there is roll on fly spray. It would take a while, but it might work.

Have you tested out different types of spray bottles with him?

Yes I've tried smaller spray bottles, just to help him not be afriad of them, and I've tried other different sizes, he doesnt like the noise that the spray makes, and now he walks away when he sees a bottle.

I've seen online this rub on fly repelent, its called Deo-Lotion Fly Repellent Gel http://www.doversaddlery.com/deo-lotion-gel-fly-repellent-/p/X1-23002/cn/153/I'm interested in seeing if this does work. But it has to be sweat resistant. Bay is a power house when he works, and he can work up a sweat. I have a rub on fly repellent for faces, that I use on him, its sun and fly repellent, he doesnt seem to be bothered by that, but its the sprays.
    06-28-2009, 10:17 PM
I have used Deo lotion fly repelent (not a gel, just a spray) and I was not too thrilled with it (Tri Tec works the best) I work at a takc shop, and we have a divise called Tip N' Wipe that is for horses that don't like spray bottles. You may want to google that and see what comes up, you may want to try it!
    06-28-2009, 10:27 PM
Have you looked at feed through's like Bug Check, Buggzo or SmartBug? Jury is still out on their effectiveness, but I just started using Bug Check on my TB this year and so far everything I've seen land on him fly away seconds later. He hasn't been bitten yet by anything nasty. The big bombers just started showing up this week, so I'm keeping my eyes open. Might be worth a look.
    06-30-2009, 04:16 PM
Myboy I was going to say the same thing ... try something that you can feed him- then you won't have to spray him. My gelding is a pansy and HATES being sprayed but I still do it... we take it slow and he is getting better but I think that some horses just don't like it but have to learn that it is best for them- like a kid who doesn't want to take a shower, mom and dad know it is for their best haha :)
    06-30-2009, 04:25 PM
I have heard that garlic was good to feed a horse to prevent flies
    07-01-2009, 09:59 PM
I do put garlic in his feed. Just little bits of it, he likes flavor in his feed so he doesnt mind it. I havent seen any ticks on him in a month by using the Equi-Spot. I suggest this to anyone. Its easy to use and apply.

Im going to work with bay some more in the round pen this week with a water bottle. Silly boy LOVES his hose water, and will just stand there, no halter or anything to get a bath. But a spray bottle. My child ha ha. Wish us luck.
    07-01-2009, 10:17 PM
I used Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil.. but I was just thinking.. do you think my new horse will sunburn if I use it? He's a Paint.
    07-01-2009, 10:35 PM
Originally Posted by barefoot    
I used Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil.. but I was just thinking.. do you think my new horse will sunburn if I use it? He's a Paint.

Well I usually don't use human-brand soaps on my horse, but most light colored horses have pink skin, so it is a possiblility that he will burn. I haven't heard of anyone using the Avon bath oil before, but since my TB is dark, I don't like when he starts to get bleached, so buy a fly sheet, their inexpensive, and use it a couple days out of the week. It'll protect your horses coat, from burning or bleaching.

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