Eco-vet or Hood for bug sensitive mare?
Alright guys. Going for cost effective here.
I have a very bug sensitive mare... not sweet itch bad, but she's pretty bad. She ONLY gets bites and reactions on her neck and chest. It is not thread worms as it's never anywhere near/in the mane.
I thought I found the solution this past spring with Immu-aid. We got into summer and the bites started coming in full force and it became useless, so I did not buy anymore. I think it did help with some of the reaction, but not enough to make it worth it.
I am looking into possibly getting a mane tamer type hood. One that would cover her whole shoulder and most of her chest as well. Fly sheets don't help much and are hot, fly sheet with hood would probably work but is overkill as she doesn't need her whole body covered, and too hot! (keep in mind, we are hitting averages of 110 Fahrenheit). She would be wearing the hood for 23 hours out of the day, every day. So it needs to not be too hot, but hold up to horse shenanigans and life decently. She lives in a 15x30ft corral, so bushes and things like that to snag on are not a concern, but believe me she could find things to tear it on still. She did not tear apart her Kensington fly sheet, but has torn apart those real cheap ones (less than $20). So I wouldn't consider her exceptionally hard on body wear as long as it is made well. Fly masks are a different story, and she is relegated to cheap ones forever lol.
My other option is to order Eco-vet. Heard a lot of good things about it, but am unsure as to whether it will solve my problem for good.
I made a pro-con list.
*Not hot to wear.
*No tearing or repairs to be concerned about.
*Should repel a number of bugs and hopefully solve the allergy problem.
*Little pricey, and ongoing expense
*May be yet another fly spray that doesn't work, waste of money
*Apparently smells terrible, but second hand info
*Provided that horse does not tear it up, not ongoing expense
*will stop bugs from biting and protect mane and skin
*If horse tears it up, waste of money
*can be hot, could cause discomfort and sweating
*May need to be repaired or replaced every year
What would you go for? I'm really liking the idea of a hood, but not sure what ones are best. I found a site that custom makes them for the same price as buying them, and offers repairs, so thinking about going with them. What hoods have you found to not be too heavy, but also durable?
My biggest concern is always wasting money, but who doesn't have that concern.
Thanks for your help and opinions!
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