My horse gets eaten alive on his sensitive belly area. I've already tried fly sheets, fly sprays, topical ointments, holistic remedies, you name it. Nothing has worked and he spends 6 months a year tortured by the itch. Garlic may have a downside, but if you search the internet long enough, you can find information to disprove the effectiveness of any supplement out there. For the sake of my horse's belly, I'll take my chances with a natural substance like garlic. I'll know in a month or so if it works, so no harm no foul if it doesn't. If you have any better suggestions, feel free to throw them out there. I'm all ears.
You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.