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post #1 of 19 Old 04-04-2015, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Fly Preventative

Hi all,
Has anyone tried the feed thru fly preventatives such as Solitude or Simplify?
If so, do they work? Thanks....
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post #2 of 19 Old 04-04-2015, 02:11 PM
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I use Fly Predators and the old plastic jars that collect flies. I also spray down my horses after a workout and let them dry tied up before turnout, so that they aren't as smelly. Mine are in the backyard and I have non horsey neighbors.

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post #3 of 19 Old 04-04-2015, 02:32 PM
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Yes I used Equitrol last year and it did significantly reduce the flies, though not to the point where I could get away without also using fly spray.
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post #4 of 19 Old 04-04-2015, 03:15 PM
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Yes they work - I used them for a year but they aren't cheap and really only work the same way as fly predators do - via the flies going on the poop - if you clean your paddocks daily then no real benefit but if you don't then they will work better than predators
Both methods will reduce the fly population
You still need to use some spray to keep flies and ticks off your horse, also deer flies, horse flies and Bot flies as they do nothing at all for that
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post #5 of 19 Old 04-06-2015, 01:17 AM
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Feed garlic and use natural (essential oil) sprays. Not one mosquito or biting fly lands on my horse! You can Gogle different mixes, but these are cheaper, are not poison and work like a charm!
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post #6 of 19 Old 04-06-2015, 01:40 AM
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I used them when I only had 2 horses, and it greatly reduced the number of flies. had the neighbors used the product then it would have helped more. But also with the dogs there are flies . You will never be 100% free of flies, but it does help. if you are a ta boarding stable and the only person using it, you are wasting your money.
The best organic preventative is loose poultry. The other products may help, feeding garlic does nothing but make sweat stink on both animals and people. IMO
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post #7 of 19 Old 04-06-2015, 05:00 AM
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I feed garlic and it seems to help. I also cover him in citronella oil mixed with mouthwash! But then his field is poo picked daily and he comes in to a stable bedded on shredded newspaper during the day. Weirdly the flies don't seem to like paper, nor do the spiders after I knocked all the cobwebs out too!
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post #8 of 19 Old 04-06-2015, 05:20 AM
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The jars don't capture blood sucking flies, just the ones that live on carion. Over the years I've learned to provide a dark shelter during the day and feeding in hay nets. They go out when almost dark when the bugs aren't as bad. I use petroleum jelly up between the hind legs, covering the teats on mares and the sheath on gelding, the almost hairless skin on the underside of the tail, the cinch and elbow area and the base of the ears with a thin smear inside the ears. These are the most common areas for the flies to bite and are deterred by anything oily. The Vaseline will last about 3 days if slathered on. It's cheap so I'm not stingy. I have one horse that will nose thro the items in the basket on the quad and will pull out the plastic jar if he wants wiping down. He also lifts his hind leg (like a dog to a post) which makes it easier for me. Nothing I taught him.

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post #9 of 19 Old 04-06-2015, 12:31 PM
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We tried garlic and it did nothing at all to deter flies - plus its a source of selenium so you have to be careful you don't exceed the horses limit on that as they are really sensitive to it
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post #10 of 19 Old 04-06-2015, 02:45 PM
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I don't know about all that. Just thought I'd let you know that Pyrahna (if that's how it's spelled) works really well. I suggest the yellow bottle, because it doesn't cost any more than the blue, and I think it repels more than just flies too, and it's also supposed to help make their coat shiny. It's also a lot cheaper to buy a large container of it instead of a spray bottle and just fill an empty spray bottle with it. You can fill one with it 3-4 times
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