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post #1 of 11 Old 01-23-2012, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Garlic - Fly control Does it work?

My horse is so very sensitive to fly bites and they get so bad I can barely ride him b/c he is so uncomfortable. This year I want to try feeding him supplements that have garlic for fly control. Any suggestions? Does it work?

I'm specifically looking at Garli-Eze or Bug Off Garlic. Does anyone have any experience with these?
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I use it. I think it helps a lot, but its not something you can use alone for fly control. I use it for my dogs too.
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I'm not sure what fly spray we use at the ranch but I'm pretty sure it's just citronella and water it smells like that and it's in spray bottles with "fly spray" written in sharpie on the side...the horses aren't exactly fans of being sprayed by it but it works
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My horse has reactions to fly sprays - hence I want to use the garlic for fly control. I also use expensive fly sheets - but he sweats inthose. He had a miserable summer last year don't want that again. I couldn't even ride him.

So I was hoping to use garlic to help. Is one better than the other? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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I've been using garlic, seasonally, since Spring 2004 but I use it for tick control. I will start feeding garlic in mid-March and keep three of my four on it until November - when the ticks stop being so active around here.

Looking back, I don't seem to have the fly problems I would expect because we are surrounded by beef cattle. But I can also count on one hand the mosquitoes I see every year.

If the OP wants to try garlic, there are two no-no's:

1. Do not feed raw garlic. If a horse is going to become anemic from eating garlic, it's because of the allicin (sp?) in raw garlic. It's processed out of powdered garlic.

2. If your horse colics easy or has ulcer issues, I wouldn't feed garlic. Garlic caused my Arab's ulcers to flare the first summer I put everyone on it, so he gets spray once or twice a week with Repel-X.

I have been buying from www.herbs4horses.com in Memphis, TN since 2004. They are honest and generally ship the same day you call, if you call early enough in the day

I buy a lot more than garlic from this company and have never had anything to complain about

Also, diet plays a large role in fly attraction. Feeding sweet feed or anything that one of the first three ingredients is molasses, is a fly magnet.

My friend's husband can smell a horse that eats sweet feed, when they're sweated up on the trails. They have asked the riders, just to be sure, and his sniffer is 100% on the money to-date.

If a sensitive human nose can smell that stuff, think how it attracts the flies
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what kind of fly sheet do you have ? My mare has a kensington protective sheet and she sweats less than the other horses in the pasture, and she black. Its a really great sheet !

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My horse has reactions to fly sprays - hence I want to use the garlic for fly control. I also use expensive fly sheets - but he sweats inthose. He had a miserable summer last year don't want that again. I couldn't even ride him.

So I was hoping to use garlic to help. Is one better than the other? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
Seems like it works well for some and not so well for others. I think it is worth trying though. Sorry I can't reccomend any specific one.

Have you tried the natural sprays made with just marigold? I worked on a breeding farm many years ago and the babies were always the hardest to protect because of their sensitivities. We used an all natural spray with marigold. It wasn't very strong and did need to be applied daily, but it really worked and never caused a reaction.

On another note... my son has sever allergies. We have a farm and lots of mosquitoes around in the summer so I use herbal sprays on his clothes and around the house when needed. Lavender seems to repell a great many pesky things.
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I worked for a guy that used garlic in his horses feed, matter of fact he would give me money to run down to the Dollar Store and buy all the garlic out of the spice and seasoning section. I would get a lot of weird looks....lol

One mare that I rode was also allergic to fly spray, and was told to dilute Avon Skin So Soft with water and to spray on her. It did work, but I hate the smell of it and it leaves a little oily residue on their coat. So I diluted it even more.

You can also mix equal parts of vinegar, Dawn dishsoap, and water for a fly spray. I haven't found it to be more effective than the Skin So Soft, but hopefully this will give you a couple more options.
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Lavender, peppermint oil, and Skin So Soft mixed together usually helps quite a bit. Its what I use on myself and my horses when we trail ride. Its something that needs to be applied daily, but works well. You could also try googling all natural horse fly sprays and see what comes up.

Your horse isn't the only horse that is sensitive to fly spray. Its relatively common...
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I use it. I think it helps a lot, but its not something you can use alone for fly control. I use it for my dogs too.
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No garlic for doggies! Raw garlic is toxic to dogs! :O
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