Anybody use SmartBug-Off?
The title says it all... so, I saw in a SmartPak magazine an ad for a supplement called SmartBug-Off. If any of you know SmartPak, you know how in some of the magazines they have a profile of a horse who has been fed that supplement, and then how well it worked? Well, in this one, the owner says that they don't even need to use fly spray on their horse anymore (they live in Texas). About a year ago I considered using a different feed-through fly control (not from SmartPak) but that one only prevented flies from laying eggs in the manure, this one seems different.
Any reviews/opinions would be great. Oh, and my mares both get additional supplements, one of which being a feed through dewormer, if that helps.
I have been giving it to my mare for about two months now. She is at a boarding facility with about 35 other horses on the property. Honestly, I haven't noticed a difference in the amount of flies they still seem to land on her and bite. I still use massive amounts of fly spray - but with that many other horses around I'm not sure 1 mare on the supplement is going to make much difference.
The thing I have noticed is that the hives and large welts have gone away. The supplement says it promotes a healthier skin response to insects and I think that may be true... Because she is so sensitive, I'm hesitant to take her off of it. Especially as the days get warmer and the flies multiply!
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I use it on my 2 mares and it does seem to help. I used it last summer and again this summer. I did notice a significant reduction in the amount of fly spray I used last year. I only have my 2 equines at home so I don't have to worry about additional horses who are not on supplements attracting more bugs either.
I actually notice more benefit to my pony mule than to my horse though. I fly spray the mule maybe once a week or every other week and the bugs don't bother her at all. I still need to fly spray my horse when riding and sometimes just for turn out. I think this may be due to all the nice smelling grooming supplies I use on my horse on a regular basis though. She still competes on a regular basis and I bet all the fancy coat polishes, etc. attract bugs :D
I have used it for the past three summers, and I think it works well. It is NOT a magic bullet, however. There are still flies, but my mare has fewer than other horses we ride with, and doesn't get such huge, nasty welts. I find it to be worth the money, but don't expect to be able to abandon fly spray and sheets.
I just gave my two mares their first dose this morning and they ate it right down. Is it okay to feed with a feed-through dewormer? There don't seem to be too many chemicals in the bug-off. They get the bog-off in the am and the dewormer in the pm. Just curious...
I started my guy on it last month since it was either find a way to control his over the top reactions to bug bites, or start stall boarding him. Big guy welts up some kind of bad and was just covered in these lumps. Since he weaves and gets terribly anxious in a stall (he will still weave in the pasture, but it's about 90% better than in a stall) I really, really wanted to keep him in the pasture for his mental health; but his physical health was really starting to worry me. Since I've started the smart bug off, he's not welting up near as bad. Sure he still gets bites and he will swell a bit, but I'm happy with what we've got. I would say that the number of bites has gone down as well, and I've yet to find a tick on him- before I was pulling off between three to five ticks when I went to the barn. Bottom line? It's worth the money to me.
The second day that Star got this stuff, we had to have the vet come out for an emergency- it irritated her ulcer so bad that she kept laying down- even when I was walking her on a lead line. Lucky really hasn't had a problem with it, so we are keeping her on it- she needs it more, since she is black and attracts more flies- plus, she hates being sprayed.
So... yeah, that was terrifying, I thought we were going to have to have emergency colic surgery. (She's better now)
It works for ticks? Yay! We've found a lot this year... on horses, dogs, I even found one on me *shudders*. But that's reassuring commonfish, thank you!
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