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  • FloRider Original Poster FloRider
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    horse is having bad reactions to fly bites. He is getting big welts. Is there anything I can try that will help him not be so sensitive?

    sugar
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    Have this problem with some of my horses and not others. I use a turnout fly sheet, a fly mask with a nose covering and feed smart bug off. The smartpak brand. In extreme neck cases, I use Endure fly spray but not everyday. Try Endure on the neck 2 times a week, If you need more, you can use it everyday but that’s usually not necessary. Try adding one day a week until you reach the amount you need.

    SAcres
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 21

    Flax seed and msm are two I would try. Also, get a fly sheet, a physical barrier works the best for horses like this.

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    FadingTwilight FadingTwilight
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    Try a bug off supplement, I had good luck with the smartpak brand one. I didn’t use it this summer, and I’ve gone through a LOT more fly spray. You’ll also want to up your fly control regiment. In other words, use more or a different kind of fly spray. Try rotating sprays also. Some work better for different kinds of bugs. I’d also recommend a fly sheet. You may want one with a belly guard.

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    FadingTwilight FadingTwilight
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    Try a bug off supplement, I had good luck with the smartpak brand one. I didn’t use it this summer, and I’ve gone through a LOT more fly spray. You’ll also want to up your fly control regiment. In other words, use more or a different kind of fly spray. Try rotating sprays also. Some work better for different kinds of bugs. I’d also recommend a fly sheet. You may want one with a belly guard.

    I forgot to mention, there are quite a bit of bug off type supplements available, some you can make at home.

    Fishy!

    analise analise
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    My horse has unfortunate reactions to the gnats they’ve got down here in Georgia. I used Anihist for him last year because it didn’t require a prescription but you can’t find it anymore this year. I figure they’re probably re-evaluating the prescription thing.

    Anyway, you can get Trihist (with a vet’s prescription) and that’s really helped my horse. The first summer he was here, he was all eaten up on his chest and under his belly. This is our third summer and while he’s still itchier than usual, he’s not scratching himself bloody nor does he have welts.

    Other than that, I just use fly spray liberally.

    Lastly, I know somebody who ended up moving her horse to a barn that stalls during the day and has fans partly because of her reactions to bugs. That apparently helped a lot too.

    Dragon Tea Dragon Tea
    Topics Started: 4Replies Posted: 18

    I use fly sheet and fly mask for turnout. We have fans in the stalls which help keep bugs out of the stalls when they are inside. For spray we get the Deo-lotion (orange bottle) concentrate and mix that up. I have to reapply daily, but it sure works!

    Leslie Leslie
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    My horse also gets HUGE welts. My vet said it was an allergic reaction to the bugs and suggested a fly sheet, and also could use Benadryl and just multiply the dose to equal your horse’s weight – though I haven’t actually tried that.

    My horse got them mostly underneath his belly so I purchased a fly sheet that wrapped underneath him and also had a neck cover. It helped a lot and he didn’t get any bites like that after.

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    FredRock
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    Both of my horses have developed allergic reactions to flies at my current barn, and it happens to be right near wetland.

    I tried using a fly sheet, but it only made the welts worse, and my gelding’s welts will actually have puss and scabs if they are allowed to develop, so that made it harder because flies were then more attracted to the poor guy. My mare gets sweet itch on her belly and both horses are VERY itchy in the summer months. My mare will actually lie on the ground and rub her belly on the dirt to try to scratch it. They both will lose hair constantly if they are allowed to go into a full-blown allergic reaction state as well.

    There are things that I have found to help, though. Hydroxizone (it is prescribed by my vet, an antihistamine) helps alleviate the allergic reactions and the itchiness that my horses have. I was told that it was either going to be Hydroxizone or steroids, and that Hydroxizone doesn’t work on all horses, but it works on both of mine. I also keep Benadryl lotion/gel handy, and use a combo of Neosporin and Benadryl to take care of welts and the reactions on-site. It helps ward off any infections and relieve itching at the same time. I use Swat in hard-to spray areas and to circle open wounds so that flies are less likely to bug the areas.

    For my mare specifically, I keep a silver oxide paste on hand, kind of like Desitin but more powerful, to help alleviate her rash. I also found another topical treatment with anti-fly ingredients that can safely coat her belly and sensitive areas (it’s made for horses, I can’t remember the name of it now). I also use fly spray, and spray it on a towel first, then rub it on the body to that fly spray isn’t wasted and is more evenly applied.

    But with my gelding’s welts, the best preventative is the Hydroxizone, because it thwarts the allergic reaction that causes the many welts. I wanted to try feed throughs, but they seem quite expensive to gamble on when I can just use preventative care and have relatively happy horses.

    PiaffeNPassage PiaffeNPassage
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 25

    Get him covered with a flysheet with a neck attachment, fly mask, fly boots…and lots of fly spray.

    Is he itching?

    Might be best to get the vet involved to prescribe so antihistamines or other drugs.

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