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Old 05-05-2010, 08:47 AM   #21
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I'd be going for a 3 pronged approach:
1. Clip what you can persuade them to clip (I'd include the mane - the HORSE won't care what it looks like!)
2. Kero on the bits you can't clip.
3. Worm regularly with a boticide (which reminds me - I must do mine...).
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*Splutters coffee over keyboard!* OMG... that is the funniest photo I have seen is ages!! Bahahahaha!!


A couple of suggestions from various web-sites:

An old method is to use vinegar to kill the bot eggs.
Or nail polish remover
Spraying with Savlon liquid has been reported to make the eggs drop off
You can use sandpaper to remove the bot eggs.
There is some evidence that applying Tea Tree oil to your horse's legs creates a barrier that prevents the eggs from sticking.

Seems to be a matter of who you believe when it comes to active ingredient bot/wormers... Moxidectin (Equest or Pramox) or Ivermectin (Eraquell, Eqvalan, Furexel)

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I was having a bad day until I logged on.... the photograph is priceless! Ok why was I having bad day..... yes the dreaded bot fly. New horse arrived on Friday, has been lovely and calm until today. In the space of 10 minutes he has done a good job of ripping up the paddock.
He had had the worst reaction (galloping around) to a bot fly out of all the horses I have owned.
Apart from tea tree oil, which may provide some repelling properties, does anyone out there have any other recipes or potions they apply to keep the pesky things away? I don't want to have to resort to putting boots or wraps on so any suggestions would be great. Thanks.
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OOOH great advice.. Thank you so much.. Will go get a nit comb too ! And sandpaper.. Heck its worth a try first !
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OMFG...that is the funniest photo I have ever seen.... I fogged up my glasses laughing so hard!!!!!

we have always wiped the eggs with kero before taking them off with the bot knife, we drench now and when the bot flies have finished laying
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I was having a bad day until I logged on.... the photograph is priceless! Ok why was I having bad day..... yes the dreaded bot fly. New horse arrived on Friday, has been lovely and calm until today. In the space of 10 minutes he has done a good job of ripping up the paddock.
He had had the worst reaction (galloping around) to a bot fly out of all the horses I have owned.
Apart from tea tree oil, which may provide some repelling properties, does anyone out there have any other recipes or potions they apply to keep the pesky things away? I don't want to have to resort to putting boots or wraps on so any suggestions would be great. Thanks.
Feed an average sized horse one tablespoon of garlic (dryed) per day. Once a month or so, give a weeks break from the garlic, then resume. This will stop the flys from laying/landing on your horse. Be warned, your horse will smell like a yummy italian while he eats his tea. It always amazes me how the garlic permeates out of the pores of the horse to repel the flies.

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Old 05-05-2010, 08:40 PM   #27
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OMG I hope you have got him some leggins to keep his little legs warm!!!
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OMG I hope you have got him some leggins to keep his little legs warm!!!
LOL! A little pony in leg warmers like they had in the 80's, or whenever that was.

Very funny photo that!

Biscay - let us know how you go. What you did if you got rid of them.
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What we learned in the Olden Days

Most of the eggs will most likely be only "casings" - the lava has already hatched and moved into the horses digestive system.

You can "hatch" the remaining eggs by washing them with warm water. You can sometimes see the lava wriggle out but it won't live unless it gets into it's host.

The egg casings can be removed with a very fine nit comb.

Take care putting kero on a palamino horse, I once saw a very bad reaction and the skin peeled off, but only on palamino, never on other colours.

You will need to use a boticide now and in about 5 or 6 months, as the life cycle is fairly long.

It's funny how one horse is terrorised by a bot fly, while others barely notice them.
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That photo is the funniest thing i've seen in ages!!!

good thread though, thanks! we had them come through as well.. just treated with boticides

i always wonder about scraping the eggs off onto the pasture and would tend to do it on concrete, so they dont get ingested.. so thats interesting Wendy what you said about them probably being only casings.. all your info is really good, thanks.. am going to get a nit comb too.. those bot combs are a bit frustrating
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