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    06-10-2009, 02:29 PM
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Fly Protection Boots?

I have a dark chestnut gelding with socks on all 4 legs from the knees down. He goes stir crazy stuck in his stall, so he needs turnout, but he gets bitten by these tiny black flies right on his socks. I think the flies are attracted to the white. My horse has all these awful dots of blood from the bites. I don't see any similar bites anywhere else, and he wears a fly mask to protect his also white face. I was wondering if anyone has used the mesh fly boots on their horses and what kind of experience they had. They almost look like a gimmick to me, but if they work... Any other suggestions are welcome. I have tried most fly sprays, Endure is next on my test list. Spot-on repellants last for about one of the advertized 10+ days, grr. We also have cattle, so we manage to draw in a lot of flies.
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    06-10-2009, 02:53 PM
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Green Broke
Blue has these things we get from the Co-Op that are little bands that you put right above the corronet, and they repell flys! They are GREAT! You can smell them from a mile away though! But they smell like fly spray, so I like it
     
    06-10-2009, 09:01 PM
  #3
Foal
Lol, depends if your horse is the mouthy, curious type. I got a set of four for Cisco last year, put them on, and not even two minutes later I hear tearing and he ripped them right off. Though my moms horse keeps them on fine, and I think they work great!
     
    06-10-2009, 09:54 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
Blue has these things we get from the Co-Op that are little bands that you put right above the corronet, and they repell flys! They are GREAT! You can smell them from a mile away though! But they smell like fly spray, so I like it
If you are talking about the Fly Zone Bands I had a horrible experience with them. I put them on my horses just before vacation since we wouldn't be home to apply fly spray or to put their masks and fly leggies on. We were gone for 3 days and when we came back I was appalled at the condition of their legs.

The bands were ripped to shreds and they left a green caustic like substance on their legs. Terrible rainrot going on where they were too. The bands left a ring of crust that could only be shaved off. It was horrible and I felt so bad that I did that to them.

I believe it was the dew on the grass that did this to them. Perhaps if you lived in a dryer climate???

As far as those fly leggies go, I LOVE them!

Just get the better ones, not the real cheap ones. They don't stay up.

Can't go wrong with the brand name ones.

I personally like the ones that only have three velcro's rather than the four. Easier to get on and off.

They no longer stomp and that of course is healthier for their hooves/legs.

Before I got them I had a horse that would get an abscess each year from stomping. Since I have gotten the leggies she has never had another one!

One set lasts about 4-5 years. Even longer actually, I just get new ones so they look nicer.

So yes, I believe that the fly leggies are one of the best things invented for the horse as far as fly control go.

There have been occasions when the horses have gotten them off, but not often. Perhaps once a month. Not bad for wearing them everyday.

I also take them off each night.
     
    06-11-2009, 07:05 AM
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My boy goes outside every day if it is not raining or unbearably hot (There isn't any appreciable shade in his paddock, so we watch him like a hawk) from around 9:30 a.m. Until 4:00 p.m. Or when the flies start to get him, whatever happens first. After his 4 o clock feeding he stays in unless I ride in the evening. I don't think he'll play with the boots too much. I'm trying to get him used to wearing splint boots or support boots for riding, basically letting him wear them while I clean his stall and feel them on his legs, next step lunging!) and he hasn't nibbled or pulled at them yet. Do the green bands have the option to remove and reapply the same bands each morning, or do you just put them on and when they don't work anymore rip them and put on new? If dew turns them into a mess, that takes them off the table. Our grass is still dewey at noon, one o clock half the time, lol.
Thank you all so much!
     
    06-11-2009, 07:20 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Horsegma    
If you are talking about the Fly Zone Bands I had a horrible experience with them. I put them on my horses just before vacation since we wouldn't be home to apply fly spray or to put their masks and fly leggies on. We were gone for 3 days and when we came back I was appalled at the condition of their legs.
I second this - I used the bands on my horses with an awful reaction. I know of 2 different brands on the market and I tried both with awful reaction on both of my horses. A couple of borders used them also and there horses also had awful reactions.
     
    06-11-2009, 08:06 AM
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Yearling
I have seen people use these before...
flymeshboots
     
    06-11-2009, 01:04 PM
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Green Broke
That has never happend withy Blue before! She has them on 24/7 now that I can't ride her because our farrier is MIA, The bands can be used whenever you want, they can be taken off after turnout, and reused the next day, or vise versa, I love them and have never had any problems at all
     
    06-11-2009, 03:20 PM
  #9
Yearling
I use the fly leg wraps and they are awesome! I don't think the ones I use have a brand but they were so cheap and have held up for a full year now. My horse used to go lame from stomping but ever since I started using the leg wraps he has never had any soreness. I would definitely highly recommend getting fly wraps.
     

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