View Full Version : Problems wiv Flies?
10th Jun 2001, 08:21 PM
we use vinegar mixed with water on the horses here.
but we put it in a spray bottle.
we tried a tee balm mix the other day and it didnt work in keeping the flies at bay so we stick with the vinegar it may sitnk when you spraying it but afterwards you dont smell a thing.
Cheaper than buying some commercialised product..but then with everything you try on yourhorse you shoudl do a small test patch first to make sure you horse doesnt react to it!
10th Jul 2001, 06:33 PM
I dont know about everyone else, but my pony is being attacked really badly by these flies that seem to suck her blood. I also use vinegar on its own, although I dont dilute it with water.
10th Jul 2001, 09:21 PM
blood suckers..there are hundreds of them here..i use vinegar but i fidn its not effective enough and she still gets eaten alive, there is this brown fly oil that works much better but i dunno whats it called.
12th Jul 2001, 11:33 PM
I feed my horse garlic once a day, and i think it works pretty well to keep the flies off:)
14th Jul 2001, 11:41 PM
Where I live ( Hertfordshire ) we have some evil buggers.
Ive tried just about every concoction available and the only thing that works for our ponies is a spray repellent you can by in most tack shops called FLYGARD 48.
Its not too expensive but it does work.
Hope this helps
Ally. :D :D :D
15th Jul 2001, 12:36 AM
I find that most fly sprays work just about the same, but some of the most popular ones here are Bronco(wut i use), Repel-X, Bite-Free, Supersheild, and Endure (at least, those are some of the ones my barn carries in the tack store.
18th Jul 2001, 02:51 PM
Avon's 'Skin So Soft' works as a wonderful bug repellent. It's a bath oil and smells of perfume instead of insecticide. A lot of the feed stores in America are carrying it now, since many horse owners have cottoned onto this product. It won't dry out your horse's skin and produces no allergic reactions.
Sometimes the midges and gnats(called 'no-see-ums' in Florida) at night cause a bigger problem with itchy skin, rubbed manes and tails, etc. If that is the case, I advise keeping the horse inside from dusk to dawn.
27th Jul 2001, 07:32 PM
The oil in it help the Bronco spray to last...seemed to keep the buggys off about 2-3 days vs. maybe 1 day before.
27th Jul 2001, 07:48 PM
well here southern miss.we have all kinds of biting flies an bees that drive the horses nuts i use some stuff called natures own its all natural and it has and smells like citrinella like the candles you burn its takes a few minutes to work but it really helps and you can use it daily
27th Jul 2001, 10:28 PM
Citronella oil diluted in liquid paraffin helps.
21st Apr 2002, 07:43 PM
Just thought I'd bring this thread back, seeing as the fly season is back! It really helped me, so I thought it might be useful to newer members!
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