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post #1 of 13 Old 03-28-2016, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Considering to replace equipment

Hello everyone,

My 5 year old mare Tennessee Walking Horse, imported to my warm country from the USA;
Can't adapt oneself, I don’t know if because the flies or the warm weather or both.
I bought fly mask, and grazing muzzle (she's biting herself).
The problem is I can't enjoy her beauty (until I ride) but I want to, so I consider to buy flt sheet and fly repellent instead.
I bought also Absorbine UltraShield EX spray, it says that can provide up to 17 days of protection and can be used on horses, ponies and dogs, and it's weatherproof & sunscreen & conditioner.

What can you offer to keep her beauty, comfort and relaxed?

if its not fits here please forgive me - I'm New here.

also added photo to see - she's a beauty girl but she hiding under all of the equipment

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post #2 of 13 Old 03-28-2016, 02:44 PM
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I think the fly sheet will help a lot. are you able to check on her daily? to make sure the fly sheet is not tangled around her legs or such?

I've heard some people say that feeding the hrose garlic (powder? not sure the form, but it would be a LOT of garlic) helps the hrose smell bad to the flies.

I don't know any fly spray that really works longer than a few hours.
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She might be used to having a shelter to stand in during the hotter times of day and when the most bugs are about
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I have a friend that has a black pony that can't take the biting bugs. In the summer he goes in his shaded shelter with fans blowing and it keeps the bugs away.
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Around here the hot, bug season is brief, but nasty. A lot of people start keeping their horses in during the hottest part of the day and/or when the bugs are at their worst, and turning them out at night.

You probably also need something to soothe the itch. There are lots of products on the market, but I'm not the right person to help you choose. Even just hosing her down once a day might help her feel cooler and less itchy.
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A shelter and a fan would be nice, hosing will help too if it's the heat.

Unfortunately "bundling up" (as cool as possible lol) sounds like it may really be necessary. Keeping the mask and muzzle I would add the fly spray then try to remove the muzzle if she's still uncomfortable I would do fly sheet + spray then try without the muzzle. If the bugs are bad I would keep the fly mask on and not try to remove it, the rest "as needed" she should not need a muzzle though, is she actually biting herself? Or just itching now and then? She may have a fungus too, her coat looks poor from the little I can see in that picture.

Where are you? Also, make sure the fly mask fits close to her face, there shouldn't be those gaps you can see. Nothing worse than a fly stuck UNDER the equipment!
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It could be something she's grazing on as that doesn't look like grass.
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post #8 of 13 Old 03-29-2016, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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A shelter and a fan would be nice, hosing will help too if it's the heat.

Unfortunately "bundling up" (as cool as possible lol) sounds like it may really be necessary. Keeping the mask and muzzle I would add the fly spray then try to remove the muzzle if she's still uncomfortable I would do fly sheet + spray then try without the muzzle. If the bugs are bad I would keep the fly mask on and not try to remove it, the rest "as needed" she should not need a muzzle though, is she actually biting herself? Or just itching now and then? She may have a fungus too, her coat looks poor from the little I can see in that picture.

Where are you? Also, make sure the fly mask fits close to her face, there shouldn't be those gaps you can see. Nothing worse than a fly stuck UNDER the equipment!

she stay in a pasture, not sure i have a way to put her on a shelter or a fan. /: i'm not sure about the muzzle beacuse i bought her with it and the owner's said that she was scratching herself - but it can be only a normal reaction as any horse. i work at that stable every day so i can spray her once a day and keep an eye on the fly sheet if a decide to buy one. (right now i don't have alot of money to afford it.)

her coat is taking care of, every weekend i go with her for a big ride and when we come back i make her a big good shower to help make a relief from the ichy and the heat.

she also Scratched almost all of her mane. there's a way to stop her from doing it?

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she stay in a pasture, not sure i have a way to put her on a shelter or a fan. /: i'm not sure about the muzzle beacuse i bought her with it and the owner's said that she was scratching herself - but it can be only a normal reaction as any horse. i work at that stable every day so i can spray her once a day and keep an eye on the fly sheet if a decide to buy one. (right now i don't have alot of money to afford it.)

her coat is taking care of, every weekend i go with her for a big ride and when we come back i make her a big good shower to help make a relief from the ichy and the heat.

she also Scratched almost all of her mane. there's a way to stop her from doing it?
I think that to stop her from scratching out her whole mane, you need to relieve the itch. It's like tying your hand behind your back because you're scratching yourself all the time... it's not going to make you feel better, in fact, it might just drive you crazy to feel itchy all the time and not be able to get any relief!

Also, I'm with natisha... what is that vegetation in the pasture? It doesn't look like grass. It might be causing a reaction.

Is there nowhere she can go to get out of the sun?

Putting bug spray on her every day should help if the itch is caused by the insects, but there may be something else going on.
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Can't see it in the picture, but I would make sure that the halter has a breakaway. This is a piece of leather in the neck part of the halter, and it makes sure that if the horse gets caught somewhere, the halter breaks. A nylon halter like yours will NOT break and a horse can kill itself if it gets caught (I know one horse that got a hind foot stuck in the halter and died).
Especially with a horse that scratches a lot, you need to make sure it's a breakaway halter.

Also, your fly mask does not seem to fit her very well, it is very loose at the bottom - should be more snug so the bugs can't crawl in.

I would leave the grazing muzzle off altogether and just keep the fly mask on. It seems kinda cruel to itch and not be able to scratch, and she will just use posts or trees, so I'd try to get at the root cause of the itch.

Fly spray is good, but it's nowhere near as durable as it says on the bottle. None of them. So apply it at least daily.
A fly sheet with a neck would probably be the best against the bugs. I know that money is tight for all of us, but it would be good if she could have one.

Mosquitoes are most active in the twilight hours and at night, so while a shelter is really important against the sun during the day, I would try putting her up at night if you have the opportunity.

Also, I agree that her coat loos poor. May just be dirt, but the summer coat should usually be nice and shiny. Are you sure it's not eczema or fungus? If it doesn't go away with anti-fly measures, I would probably work that up with a vet to check fir fungus and make sure she has everything she needs nutritionally.
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