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writer23 06-14-2011 08:04 PM

Are fly veils allowed?
 
My boy is itchy with flies in his ears as soon as I take off his ear/face mask from the paddock and to ride him is irksome to both of us due to neck shaking and discomfort.

So I'm getting him a fly veil today and see if that helps, as well as debug him, scratch his ears and see what I can see down there. I was just wondering if fly veils are allowed to be used during a test? I might mention it's only a few W/T tests. And outside during the peak of bug infestation.

Spyder 06-14-2011 08:31 PM

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Originally Posted by writer23 (Post 1065316)
My boy is itchy with flies in his ears as soon as I take off his ear/face mask from the paddock and to ride him is irksome to both of us due to neck shaking and discomfort.

So I'm getting him a fly veil today and see if that helps, as well as debug him, scratch his ears and see what I can see down there. I was just wondering if fly veils are allowed to be used during a test? I might mention it's only a few W/T tests. And outside during the peak of bug infestation.

If this is a backyard schooling show you may be allowed.

Normally under any rated class, at any level no they are not allowed.

writer23 06-14-2011 11:54 PM

Thanks for responding. It's rated so I'll go without. Hopefully I can get on top of the bugs and itchy ears and a veil won't be an issue.

Sure makes a difference right now though for him.

Spyder 06-15-2011 12:24 AM

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Originally Posted by writer23 (Post 1065495)
Thanks for responding. It's rated so I'll go without. Hopefully I can get on top of the bugs and itchy ears and a veil won't be an issue.

Sure makes a difference right now though for him.

What you can do is have all the veil on until you need to go into the arena and take it off just before. That will give you the best protection for the longest you are able to.

writer23 06-15-2011 12:30 AM

Ooh cheers for that. I'll do that for sure. It gives him too much relief right now and for some reason he attracts bugs like he's trying to win a prize. What about a percentage day?

smrobs 06-15-2011 01:24 AM

In addition to wearing the veil until it's time to perform, you might give him a good spray or wipedown on his head/ears/neck with a good fly spray right when you take the veil off.

writer23 06-15-2011 01:49 AM

Thanks, Smorbs. I'll do that for sure. Hopefully the neck shaking is only from discomfort and won't become a habit.

Kayty 06-15-2011 06:43 AM

Just watch with putting flyspray on that you don't apply it over the eyes - as they sweat the flyspray will run down into the horse's eyes and cause a lot of irritation - think shampoo in your eyes, ouch!

x Bustie and Alli x 06-15-2011 07:37 AM

apparently adding marmite or yeast extract to the horses feed really helps with flies... The yeast extract gives off a smell the flies dont like and taste they hate even more!

maura 06-15-2011 07:43 AM

You can also coat the inside of his ears with a layer of vaseline or colorless Swat fly repellent ointment. Soothes them if the inside of the ears are already raw, and prevents new bites.


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