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        07-01-2009, 09:56 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by chelssss(:    
    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.
    You haven't heard of people using it?! Really?!! I know of so many people who use it. It's always in the ingredients for homemade fly spray. I looked it up though and I saw that if you mix it with water to create a spray than it prevents burning. Maybe I can add sunscreen to the mix as well, just in case..

    But Avon SSS Bath Oil is known for being a successful bug repellent and is used for humans and animals - It has no chemicals in it so don't worry about using it on horses.. plus it acts as a great coat conditioner.
         
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        07-01-2009, 10:02 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Having run a boarding stable for many years, I have dealt with many horses that "don't like the spray bottle". What I've found out is that most horses are really okay with it, but the owners think the horses are not okay with it, and tread around the issue making it worse for the horse.

    From my experiences, I simply hold the horse's halter and spray the horse. I don't make an issue of it. The horses that react skiddishly, I spray just on the chest, neck, front legs to start. The next day I'll spray back further. I just do it, matter of fact.

    I've had many a boarder amazed that I can "spray" their unsprayable horse. And in quite a few cases the horse owner still is unable to spray the horse because... they are still making it a big issue.
         
        07-01-2009, 10:08 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by barefoot    
    You haven't heard of people using it?! Really?!! I know of so many people who use it. It's always in the ingredients for homemade fly spray. I looked it up though and I saw that if you mix it with water to create a spray than it prevents burning. Maybe I can add sunscreen to the mix as well, just in case..

    But Avon SSS Bath Oil is known for being a successful bug repellent and is used for humans and animals - It has no chemicals in it so don't worry about using it on horses.. plus it acts as a great coat conditioner.
    By the way, I also use Rambo Fly sheets. But I refuse to use Fly Spray brands.. they honestly just don't work.
         
        07-02-2009, 08:17 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Oh, well see there ya have it, I never heard of it, id think that people would use it for the horses coat ha ha.
    How much usually is the aveno conditioner? Im interested in trying it.
         
        07-02-2009, 10:21 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Do you mean the Avon Skin So Soft? It is great for the coat as well, by the way. Avon never really understood why it was such a good insect repellent, but it sure works! I take baths in it and it keeps the bugs away :)

    You can find it only on the avon website for about $15 for a 24 ounce. I personally buy it in multiple quantities for less on ebay though.
         
        07-03-2009, 09:48 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    We had a horse who was deathly afraid of fly spray. What I did, with the horse securely tied next to you, spray the fly spray into a brush, allowing the horse to observe you doing it. He will probably snort and act stupid, but act like he's not even there. You can let him smell the brush, then wipe his legs/body with it. Then, keeping the spray bottle in your hand, sneak in a few squirts on the brush while you brush him. He may freak out, but act like it is no big deal. Eventually, you will be able to work up to where you can spray him directly. Spray lightly starting on his legs. He may freak out, but just continue doing it, starting out lightly, and getting more and more aggresive squirts. He will [should] eventually realize that what you are doing to him is not torture, but really no big deal at all. This is what I always do and it seems to always work. You could also try letting him watch more experienced horses get sprayed, but I have never had much luck with that. Just be patient. Keep in mind that the squirting sound coincidently sounds very similar to a rattle snake's tail; a very natural sound that some horses respond to (or so I've heard ). Good luck, hope this helped:)
         
        07-05-2009, 09:30 AM
      #17
    Foal
    I have tried a new lotion called derfen and it works really well against insects. It is not a spray ; you need to massage your horse to apply it.Trust me , it will love it. I am not really keen for garlic: it is not really efficient; anyway , all those feed diet take ages before you can see improvement IF you see some .
         
        07-08-2009, 01:03 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Thanks you guys! Its actually dropped in temperature where I live, so the flys havent been that bad at all thank goodness!
    But I ordered some of the avon soap to try on bay before shows and all, so hopefully all goes well!
         

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