So, I was up at the farm again today and had a nice day. It was really quiet cause most everyone was at the horse show, it is nice to have the place to yourself once in a while. It was stinking hot so I didn't work Pi much, we did a lot of bending excersizes, she is very stiff to the right but we are working on it :) I cooled her out bareback, it was really nice, she does have a bit too much of a wither to be the perfect bareback horse but we cant have everything and she is perfect in so many other ways :) I am going to go up tommorow in the morning so that we can get a good jump in before it is so hot again.
She was all sweaty and dirty from rolling so I decided to give her a REALLY good washing. I have this tea tree oil shampoo that is supposed to help with flies. I washed her really well and she looked sooooo nice. Her mane is a bit long- but it looked pretty and she had that really shiny freshly washed look that never lasts more then a few hours. I wished that I had the camera with me- I would have loved to have a picture- bad me. I know that when I see her tommorow she be dirty all over again :(
Ok, after all of that- on to the question. What do you all use to keep the flies away. Right now there is a whole crop of truly gigantic horse flies- the ones that are like, more then an inch long and give a really nasty bite. I used this tea tee oil stuff but as I was graizing her after her bath flies kept landing on her. I also have this herbal fly spray stuff that is ok but not really great. I do not like to use the chemical stuff on a regular basis. What do you all use?
There are products out there that you can put on your horse to keep the flies away if you don't want to put something on your horse then there is a spray that you set up in the barn and it has a timer. The spray will go off when you want it to and it will keep the flies off but you have to do this once a day. The spray I don't know the name of but I know that when the flies get a taste of it they will go away. My riding teacher used this and I might have saw one or two flies but that was is and the only horse I saw them on was an old horse she had that was 12 years old and had a skin condition. This doesn't keep all the flies off of them when they are out of the barn but it keeps most of them off.
We are actually really lucky in that there are not too many flies IN the barn *knock-on-wood*. It is more out in the pasture, the woods and the ring. Again, I know that there are chemical solutions out there, I just wondered if there was a good alternative that people use.
I know a lot of the sprays worked that I just got from TSC or other farm stores. ANd guess what my horse ended up being allergic too?! We used some natural mixture the lady that owned the barn used but to tell you the truth it didn't help much and I don't even remember what it was.
there is a block like a salt block that is for killing the fluies the horse eats it and it helps keep the flies off and also the flies cant lay eggs in the manure and it will kill the ones that eat it. takes a few days to get into the system. qlso know that the dirt that the horse get on them helps keep the flyies away to. i know we all want shiney horses but the dirt is the horses way to protect themselves. the blocks work good,b ut they do need to be used with sprays. they are $10-$15 here (MISSISSIPPI) and we have humming bird size horseflies here. also the color of your horse will attract more horse flies. I have 5 - a white and chestnut paint, 2 sorells, a gray and a palomino. guess which one has the most troulbe with flies. the GRAY, then the paint the other three do not have as much problem but they do get bitten. also i will not wash unless we are going some where to help keep the dirt on them.
I am a Persian breeder, and use all natural products in my rearing program. I can understand why you wouldn't want to use the chemical products on a regular basis, as they build up in the bloodstream. The most effective product that I have found is Diatomaceous Earth. It is the best repellent for any type of insect, and it is completely safe and non-toxic. I use it to worm my cats and kittens by sprinkling it on their food, (it is very high in minerals) so it is good for them as well. I also use it to keep ants from coming in the cattery after their dropped food particles. I have also used it to kill ear mites on new breeders that I have purchased and brought in, by dipping a q-tip in it and cleaning their ears out. It will kill fleas and mites by cutting into the body as they move through the powder. It is actually a silky fine white powder, very soft to the touch, but extremely drying, with very sharp edges to the microscopic powder and is made from ground up sea fossils. Although it is deadly to insects, it will not harm people or animals, but you should take care not to breathe it, (or your animals), as it can cause irritation in the lungs. Organic farmers use it to repel and kill insects in their gardens. I use the food grade for my cats, but if you only want to apply it topically to the coat to repel flies, you could just use the regular type. You can sprinkle it on them, and around their stall, in the hay, etc. to keep flies away. It can be found on the net, at nurseries, feed supplies stores, etc. Good Luck!
I use a product on my hairless kids from Eqyss. It is called Marigold Spray and it really helps to keep flies, mosquitos, chiggers and other other biting insects off them (it's completely non-toxic, smells wonderful & moisturizes the skin/coat at the same time). Eqyss originally started (I believe) as a line of horse products and has expanded into dogs/humans. I love all of their products that I use. Their Premier Shampoo/Conditioner is fabulous stuff and is all I use on my coated dogs.
I use a product called Permectrin II. It is super concentrated and will actually repel for up to a week or more. I have seen amazing results with it in comparison to all the pre-mixed sprays or naturals. It can also be used as a premesis spray... I spray around my barn, yard, etc. and it really seems to cut down on the amount of flies in the area. The most difficult thing is that I live in the country and all of my neighbors have horses, cattle, sheep, etc... flies will never be irradicated unless they too work on the fly problem... at least with Permectrin, I have finally found a product that works... my animals have thanked me for it!
So I was at the farm this morning and had a really good jump. It is such a nice way to start the day. I wish that I could spend my whole day up there riding every day. After my ride I cooled her out again bareback (this time I put a dry saddle pad on to sit on so that I didnt get my pants all wet again :) I hozed her off again- she had actualy stayed remarkably clean from yesterday but after I hozed her off I turned her out with her best friend and the VERY first thing that she did was drop and roll right in the dirt- I knew that she would. Oh well, she was a happy girl, she deserves a nice relaxing sunday- she will spend the afternoon grazing and hanging out with her friends- I truly love that horse, she really is so great. Not even talking about her athletic abilities- she has such a good heart and she is so sensible- really one in a million!
Naturesway- that is really interesting. We use that Diatomacious (sp) earth in our garden. My mother has a rose garden and swears by it for aphid problems. I did not know that it came in a food grade and was safe to eat. I will look into it.
It is really great stuff, and it has so many uses. I purchase mine from The Pet Medicine Chest, under the product name of WormOut. It is the food grade, and you can read about it on their website. I don't think we are allowed to post web addresses in this forum, so just do a search under their name, and you'll be able to locate their website. They have a lot of great all natural products for all pets. I hope you will be able to find their site.
I cant remember what the proper proportions are but I know some people around here use dawn dish soap mixed with some vinegar. I think its Dawn. It seemed to work. Its an idea if you want to use a gentler approach to flies.
The only spray that REALLY works is Piranha or spelled like the fish that eats flesh...I don't have the bottle here at the library...lol...but it comes in a yellow and black spray bottle and it really works..it's oily so don't douse the poor horse! and i use it on my dogs and older 7 weeks + puppies