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  1. Barn & Stable queries plus Building & Maintenance
    So we have 2 horses. One has a galvanized round trough and the other has a plastic trough. I'm getting ready to toss both and replace them with two smaller galvanized tanks but I'm curious about a couple things and wanted to know if anyone else has seen this. 1) The plastic tank grows algae...
  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
    Those nasty horse flies really bother my beauty. Are there any home remedies or any natural ways to prevent them, and yes, she is not in a stall. Always out. Thanks in advance:gallop:
  4. Horse Talk
    I've recently started leasing an American Paint horse rescue named Josh. Before I was leasing him, one Saturday I wasn't able to make it to the barn and there was a group of volunteers that came to help out at the rescue. When I came back, I found out his tail had been cut short to above his...
  5. Horse Health
    Just ordered two of these. haha! So cute. HAD to share! :pinkunicorn: Horse Fly Mask with Eyes | eBay Not sure how to post the pic. :love::love::love:
  6. 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...
  7. Horse Health
    Hi, I have an eight year old mare who has had problems with flies. She got bit a lot along her neck, shoulders, and face. We have found a solution to prevent more bites, but she still rubs along the pasture fence and has spots of missing hair about the size of a push pin along her neck and...
  8. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi everyone! I'm having a bit of a problem with my horse that I don't really know how to correct. I have a 7 year old Quarter/Paint gelding that I purchased end of July last year. He seems to be horribly afraid of flies, horseflies in particular. There have been times that he just hears a...
  9. Horse Health
    I was checking Roman's ears a few days ago and noticed these fly like things hanging out there. They flew away but would keep coming back and in this picture you can see a bit of blood. I looked at them again recently and it kind of looks like...I don't know. I doubt this is it but as an...
  10. Horse Health
    Hi there, i have a new horse (had him for 4 months now) and in the last couple of months he has started itching his mane. initially he rubbed out the length of his mane but now he is targeting one area causing it to bleed and become saw. He is a grey horse with sensitive skin and in the past...
  11. Horse Health
    Well my new guy is very leggy and when he kicks at flies (they get fly sprayed once a day in the morning, and again at night if they are really bad) but he has cut himself(not to bad but has little dime sized marks in the inside from where he hits. There is usually little to no flies after they...
  12. Grooming, clipping, bathing & equipment used
    So I heard that the best fly spray is absorbine ultrashield.. whats the difference between all of them? Theres ultrashield ex, red, orange, green.. whats the difference between all of them and which one is the best? Or if not absorbine, which fly spray is the best overall? not just the...
  13. Horse Health
    In other years, my ponies generally don't change much for summer except moulting. However, this year, all of them have lost huge quantities of hair very suddenly and it has left enormous bald patches on them. They are quite itchy but one of them has a bald patch on her underbelly so I ruled out...
  14. Grooming, clipping, bathing & equipment used
    Hi everyone (: This summer/fall I noticed that on particular days, the flies seemed to be noticeably bad on my horses, which is normal - but they'd be all over their faces, in their eyes, etc. I don't want any diseases or problems, so I purchased a brand of Pyranha fly spray - which was...
  15. Barn & Stable queries plus Building & Maintenance
    My horse is a 12 year old TB and has has been kept at the same barn for the past 4 years and this past March he was given to me and I decided to keep him at the same facility because there had never been major problems there before. However this year for some reason the extra heat and major fly...
  16. Horse Talk
    okay so our flies disapeared a bit but now they are back and have multiplied about 100 times! we have fly traps up, and bug zappers (on at night) outside. and fly strips inside the barn. w efly spray our horses with the only stuff we found that works. and we kill about 200-500 every night with...
  17. Horse Health
    I know its Winter but I would like to prepare my horse for the upcoming summer. He is miserable in the summer! He has thin skin, reaction to fly bites and may have allergies (not sure). He is a black QH and gets almost white from the sun. He also gets summer dermatitus (at least that's what...
  18. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    The flies LOVE my donkey's legs and since he has an itty bitty tail he has nothing to get them off and i was thinking about getting him fly boots, he's only about idk 9-10HH maybe 11HH at the most. I was looking at these since they are cheap and have good reviews Soft Micro Mesh Fitted Fly Boots...
  19. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Just a quick "Did you know?" I found this info in Horse Journal and thought I'd share :) "Tabanid flies are blood-suckers (the females) whose bites are extremely painful. They range from the small deer flies to the inch-long dive-bombing deer flies that strike fear in the hearts of both horse...
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