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  1. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    I went to grab my western saddle today and was startled to find 'seeds' all up in there. Freaked out a bit, said "ah, heck" and then brushed them all off and into the dirt. Took a pic of the aftermath and showed it to BO. He said it must've been the mice storing seeds for food. Seemed plausible...
  2. Grooming, clipping, bathing & equipment used
    I dont see a large number of flies on my horses but I do see bites on them sometimes. Ever so often one of my horses has rubbed it a tad too much and I have to dab ointment on it. I have used Ultrashield (all flying insects) and a cheaper one I found at a local tack shop. However, despite the...
  3. Horse Health
    My mare and I are in Southern IL this summer and I am having the hardest time with the bugs! They are absolutely terrible! Gemma is pastured next to a small herd of cattle so lucky us get to deal with horn flies and face flies too, not just horse flies. I think the horn flies are the culprits to...
  4. Horse Health
    I'm in search of a recipe or store bought fly spray that is as less toxic as possible and won't make my horse itch. I really don't like putting chemicals on him and he is a sensitive horse. I used to do apple cider mixes and it seemed to dry out his coat and he was so itchy. I'm also leery on...
  5. Horse Health
    My Quarter Horse "Magic" supposedly has bug allergies. I have had him for about 5 years and this id the worst its been. He is constantly itching his mane, tail, chest, and stomach. He wears a fly sheet and gets smartbug from smartpak. I was wondering if there was any good remedies or what I...
  6. Horse Health
    So I'm new to all of this forum stuff, and I'm not finding what I want on internet searches. I use an all natural home made fly spray as I do not believe in dousing my horses in insecticide. The fly spray works well but it's not perfect... She still gets some bites on here chest/neck. I'm sure...
  7. Horse Health
    Does anyone know how to make easy homemade fly spray? I need it to spray on my milk cow and horses..... I've heard there is a simple one to make with white vinegar, water, and dishsoap..... anyone hear of that? Thanks!
  8. Horse Health
    A friend of mine told me that a friend of hers told her that apple cider vinager is a good fly repellent... Did you get that???:-P Is this the case??? My friend uses it all the time, and we never really see any reduction in the number of flies, but thats usually the case with all fly sprays...
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