the Flies Driving Your Horses or Ponies Crazy?
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have more than one equine in your field, you can keep those hateful
flies off your horse's body and face with a little method that
I have used for years....
First, make sure your horse or pony is OK with the idea of having
a spray can used all around him. (If he is flighty or tends to
kick, you will need to work with him or have an experienced trainer
give you a hand getting him accustomed to such things.)
Next, go to each horse and apply fly spray to his tail. Make sure
that it is damp with the spray from about 10 inches below the
tail head to the bottom of his tail.
That's it....fly spraying over!
With horses being the gregarious animals that they are, they will
stand on those lazy, hot summer days and swish flies with their
buddy. This puts the fly repellent on their buddy's face, so no
need to use the wipe-on or roll-on face applications. They self
apply the repellent to their sides, hocks, and bellies.
With close to 60 head of horses and ponies here on the farm, this
is a quick easy way to control the flies. Just go around the herd
and spray their tails. I haven't had a fly on a horses face all
If you only have one animal, spray his tail and then spray a bit
on a rag and apply to his face, neck, and chest.....he'll do the
I use a pyretherin based, dairy aerosol (very safe, as it is approved
for milking parlors) that can be found at your local feed store
at a very reasonable price. It's funny how much cheaper a product
is with a cow's picture on the can....
P.S. This type of spray works very well in the stalls and barn.
Just spray for about four seconds in each stall or area you want
rid of the flies For a better effect, close the barns doors for
a few minutes to slow the breeze.
presented in this article is provided for educational and informational
purposes only. Decisions regarding the health and welfare of your
horse or pony should be made only after consultation with a licensed
For your horse's health, it is important that you
develop and maintain a good working relationship with your local
Griffith - Equine Nutritional and Farm Management Consultant
Ohio State University - 1974
been doing equine and livestock nutritional and farm management
consulting work all across the United States since the early 80's.
She is a 1974 graduate of The Ohio State University, College of
Agriculture, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.
She returned to obtain a second degree in Agricultural Education,
and her Master's work is in Large Animal Nutrition and physiology.
Karen also has served as head research associate for the O.S.U.
Surgical Research Department.
Professional equine articles by Karen Griffith have appeared in
many top equine publications.
Karen served as Equine Science director for the Delaware City-County
Joint Vocational School, Delaware, Ohio. She developed the curriculum
for the program which included anatomy, nutrition, parasite control,
reproductive physiology, stable and farm management, stallion
and mare management, sales, farm promotion and advertising, western
and English riding, and the breaking and training of young horses.
She coached their horse judging team to a State Championship and
Top National Status. During this busy time, Karen also served
as coach and riding instructor for Ohio Wesleyan University in
Karen was a livestock nutritionist and field manager for the Furst-McNess
Co., of Freeport, Illinois. Here she was responsible for the success
and nutritional programs of over 100 dairy, beef, hog, and horse
operations including the entire West Virginia State Farm Commission.
Karen was breeding top quality Paint horses before the Paint Horse
Association was ever founded. Her first great foundation Paint
mare was born in 1959. (The APHA was formed in 1963.) In 1973
when Atahi arrived on the scene, the bar was raised as to the
quality of horses with "color". Her horses have been
a major competitive factor in the industry. Karen's breeding program
has produced some of the most successful horses and ponies to
be found in North America to this date.
Want to see your farm turn a profit? Make your own breeding or
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