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annabelleh26

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annabelleh26 says:

Flies

When I hack out in areas with a lot of greenery, flies just swarm around my boy and he is unrideable through irritation, dancing on the spot and kicking all over the place. Not being naughty, I feel sorry for him cause he's so uncomfortable, so I no longer hack :(

 

Any one know what I can do?

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GingerMoose

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GingerMoose says:

Re: Flies

Do you use fly spray? If not... buy some or make some (there should be some reciepes online, use the ones that include citronella.)

If you are already using it, then maybe ride in a fly sheet that is suited to riding in, there are some online and think i saw one in robinsons, maybe have a look. But they basically cover the neck like a neck cover, go under the saddle and then look like a rain sheet but is the same material as a fly sheet
:)

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Flies

One of those fringe things with tassles with ears in helps, I have one in bright deep red which suits my mare makes her look like the devil, or there is those face masks which are made for use while out riding, then oil of citronella is also very good.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: Flies

I use a really strong fly spray on Coco when we are out hacking called Power Phaser, not cheap £15 for about 500ml but really strong and it does last and you dont need to use much plus its the only stuff I've found that really does work. I tend to put loads on his legs, todger, tummy and chest and I smother his face in the Power Phaser gel and that helpsdeter them. I also carry a schooling whip when I'm out as I school on the lanes when we are out, lateral work etc and the odd tickle on the bum helps him understand and move over but also find in areas where the flies are bad I can knock horse flies off with it and he is quite happy with me kind of swishing it around his neck and head to keep the flies away. I have seen a whip before with horse hair attached to it and I thought it would be good for flies out riding and swish it to keep the flies away. Then as the others have said you could look into a fly sheet you can ride in and fly mask which may help him cope.  

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Flies

As GingerMoose says, there are some great ride on fly rugs out there now with pretty much all over cover.

Equilibrium and I think Aerborn do riding fly masks which cover the eyes, face and nose, and you can also get nose nets.

This year I've used Feedmarks Bluebottle fly gel and spray - you don't need a lot, and this is the first summer in years I haven't had to put a fly mask and rug on Bracken, and Captain has had no sign of sweetitch which he can be prone to, so I'm well chuffed with it.

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Flies

For the midge problem Avon Skin So Soft everyone is using this at the yard and I believe the British Army uses this stuff as well.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: Flies

^^And they use it on the big golf course in scotland I believe...St Andrews is it?!

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annabelleh26

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annabelleh26 says:

Re: Flies

Great, thanks everyone :)

I'll look into the sheets, they sound good.

I do use fly spray but it doesnt help much.

The flies are mainly round his belly, and its mostly midges, how does this skin so soft work? Do you just rib it on like moisturiser?

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pippixox

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pippixox says:

Re: Flies

pretty sure your ment to dilute skin so soft in a bit of water and then spray it on like fly spray

i have a fly mask designed to be worn when riding that you attach to the bridle, by boy is so much happier wearing it when the flys are out, stops him getting all irritated

my horses are my medicine, without them im even more crazy!

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Flies

annabelleh26 said:

Great, thanks everyone :)

I'll look into the sheets, they sound good.

I do use fly spray but it doesnt help much.

The flies are mainly round his belly, and its mostly midges, how does this skin so soft work? Do you just rib it on like moisturiser?


The Avon Skin so Soft is a spray which is a push type pump, if you are male you get funny comments but it appears to work.
 

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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tinpot

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tinpot says:

Re: Flies

 which one is it as there are so many skin so soft items want to get the right one

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