What To Use To Keep Biting Flies Off Nursing Mare's Udder

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    05-17-2012, 12:29 AM
What To Use To Keep Biting Flies Off Nursing Mare's Udder

I noticed the other day when I brought my pregnant mare in from pasture that her udder was covered with these little black flies that were chewing up her bag pretty bad,little spots of blood all over it.I washed it off good and treated the bites,and now I spray her udder with fly spray before I turn her out;that seems to be keeping the bugs at bay,for the most part. But my question is,what should I use once the foal is born and nursing? I know fly spray should not be consumed,is there something else I could use that would deter the flies yet be safe for the foal?
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    05-21-2012, 07:34 PM
What about vinegar, I use it when I run out of fly spray but I am not sure if the baby will nurse but I am sure it wont her the baby
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    05-22-2012, 09:13 AM
Slather petroleum jelly all over under there including the nipples for now. This will last about 3 days. Do under her tail around her parts and the underside of the dock. Once the foal has arrived just don't put it on her nipples. If you can, get her into a dark shelter/barn, the darker the better. Cover windows, doorways, etc. She'll want to stay in there during the day anyway. I hang a couple of small mesh hay nets as my horses will stay in for too many hours without eating. It's their choice.
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