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post #11 of 19 Old 04-08-2015, 12:48 PM
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I used Equitrol for years and it worked very well. It doesn't do diddly against horse flies (sigh).
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post #12 of 19 Old 04-08-2015, 05:47 PM
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I don't think anything kills horse flies !! those monsters need something to eat them.
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post #13 of 19 Old 04-08-2015, 07:19 PM
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Hi all,
Has anyone tried the feed thru fly preventatives such as Solitude or Simplify?
If so, do they work? Thanks....
Hi smdecuir!

I have used both. The Simplifly works OK; the Solitude works better. IIRC it costs about 2X to feed the Solitude. Maybe almost worth the cost difference.

Even fly sheets don't stop the Horseflys 100%. They're hard to kill with a fly swatter; tough ******s.

I saw my horse bite one once; it looked like he ate it (?). That must have been satisfying :-)

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post #14 of 19 Old 04-13-2015, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the answers! I have been using Tri Tech fly spray. My mare is afraid of the spray so we have been working on it. I usually have to spray some in my gloved hand and wipe it on her. My older pony just lets me spray, no haltering needed. I keep my pastures picked up, but the flies still come. I hate to see them suffer with the biting flies. And the fly spray doesn't seem to last, as I need to spray everyday! Yuk, I hate this.....
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post #15 of 19 Old 04-19-2015, 02:01 PM
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Garlic helps.
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post #16 of 19 Old 04-19-2015, 02:26 PM
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Thanks for all the answers! I have been using Tri Tech fly spray. My mare is afraid of the spray so we have been working on it. I usually have to spray some in my gloved hand and wipe it on her. My older pony just lets me spray, no haltering needed. I keep my pastures picked up, but the flies still come. I hate to see them suffer with the biting flies. And the fly spray doesn't seem to last, as I need to spray everyday! Yuk, I hate this.....
Try switching fly sprays. I recently started using Ultrashield EX which seems to work GREAT! I don't apply it every single day, but still it seems to keep the number on him down. Also perhaps put a fly mask and maybe a fly sheet?

Keep going, keep moving forward. You'll get it together someday.
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post #17 of 19 Old 04-19-2015, 03:01 PM
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I use ultra shield on my horses and dogs. It works great, much better than endure. I don't have to use it every day, maybe 2 times per week.
Absorbine UltraShield EX Insecticide & Repellent, 1 gal. - Tractor Supply Co.

I rinse my horses down and give them a good brushing after a ride or training session. I also keep manure picked up and use fly predators on and around my manure pile. My neighbors pick up my manure and use it in their gardens and flower beds. 1 of my neighbors has chickens that she turns out daily that likes hanging out in my yard.
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post #18 of 19 Old 04-19-2015, 03:39 PM
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If you put some garlic cloves out on your garden you'll find them covered in flies in no time at all
Midges and mosquitos aren't so keen on the smell

I'm already picking ticks off our horses and a few mosquitos around too and given the high risks of Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, EEE, WEE and West Nile to horses I prefer to use something that will not only discourage bugs but kill them on the horse as well
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post #19 of 19 Old 04-23-2015, 05:14 PM
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SmartPak's BugOff supplement absolutely helps my horse who has fly allergies! Endure Fly Spray seems to be working best for him, despite having a similar chemical makeup as Pyrhana (which will make his sensitive skin welt up.) I also add SWAT to ears, legs & sheath, as needed.
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