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10 Apr 2012 07:53 AM

    If memory serves, I used this some years ago as insect repellant rather than the usual types bought at farm supply stores. Anyone else use this? I've ordered some from Avon. Seems like I have to use a different kind every year. what works really well one year, doesn't work the next. Cheap brands don't work at all. I don't want to feed garlic supplements, have not heard all good about that option.

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    11 Apr 2012 06:38 AM

    Garlic works great for tick control - not so much for fly control.

    I used Skin-so-soft once, many years ago, in a fly spray recipe.  It cost me a huge vet bill as my inky blue-black horse developed huge hives every place I sprayed her.

    The majority of horses don't seem to have a reaction to Skin-So-Soft but once you get your recipe, do a test patch on the horse first to be safe:)

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    11 Apr 2012 06:43 AM

     I never used it in a "recipe." It's likely that combing different ingredientscould make it a skin irritant. I just used it "as is."

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    11 Apr 2012 03:44 PM
    When we go riding we use OFF repellant for humans on the horses.  There are different levels of strength and some of them fight off ticks too.  I haven't met a big bad fly that will land on my horse when he is sprayed with the deep woods off.
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    11 Apr 2012 06:02 PM
    http://www.saddlesource.com/repel-x...-32oz.html

    A lady at the barn I used to ride at uses this exact type of fly spray. It works so well. Her horse has sensitive skin especially around his muzzle. He needs to get ointment on his muzzle because of the flies. She just takes a cloth and sprays a squirt or two on the cloth and wipes it on his nose. No flies bother him. She sprays him with some fly spray after riding and he stays fly free!

    I definitely recommend this product.

    I have never heard of Skin so Soft fly repellent before.
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    12 Apr 2012 02:12 PM

     last year i used absorbine ultra ex.  it was excellent.  although it said it works up to 17 days, it didn't do that.  it does last a few days though. 

    i remember using skin so soft about 20 years ago.  i don't recall being that impressed with it.  but the horses smelled nice =^)

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    14 Apr 2012 04:46 AM
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     last year i used absorbine ultra ex.  it was excellent.  although it said it works up to 17 days, it didn't do that.  it does last a few days though. 

    i remember using skin so soft about 20 years ago.  i don't recall being that impressed with it.  but the horses smelled nice =^)

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    I'll have to try the Absorbine Unltra Ex as the warm weather wears on since what works now, won't work later:(

    For now Zonk is working great for me but I don't have a big fly issue yet --- ticks are my main concern at the moment.

    It was around 25 years ago when I first heard of SSS as part of homemade recipes.  Since it cost me a vet bill, I wasn't impressed either but yes, my horse sure smelled nice - lol

    "20 years ago" ---- "25 years ago"  that doesn't seem possible.  Where-oh-where has the time gone??Crying

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    14 Apr 2012 01:00 PM
    I used it on my foal as advised by my vet when I was boarding at a facility where the conditions weren't sanitary.  It worked well.  I use horse repellent now on her now.
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    15 Apr 2012 08:36 AM

     I have also heard tha skin so soft works wellas a repellent for flies. And yes garlic is a good tick repellent. Why not put the garlic in the food and not use a supplement?? Just mix it in with their grain.

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    15 Apr 2012 08:39 AM

    I have also heard that skin so soft works well as a repellent for flies. But I didn't know you needed to change it every year. Also garlic is a great tick repellent. I came from tick country and I use it all the time and never had a problem with ticks. 

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    15 Apr 2012 08:42 AM

     I also have heard that skin so soft is a good repellent for flies. I didn't know that you needed to change it every year. Thanks for the info. 

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    17 Apr 2012 10:36 AM

    Here's a link that has all kinds of recipes for homemade fly repellant. I've used a few of them myself but I have yet to find anything that works after you have a sweaty horse and go riding in the woods where the deer flys are rampant. I've been chased out of the woods numerous times because those things are relentless and bite the heck out of my horse.

    http://www.moniteausaddleclub.com/f...ecipes.htm

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    27 Apr 2012 10:40 AM

     What about using some flies traps? Traps would work around the barn or stall.

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    12 May 2012 10:10 AM

     I've just tried it - straight Skin so Soft.

    Plusses: it does repel flies and bugs. It smells good. Is non toxic. You can get it on your skin and no irrituation. You can spray some on yourself as a fly repellant (Avon also makes a human bug repellant with SSS in it).

    Minuses: it is oily so beads up with sweat. but still keeps  the flies off. After a ride (including a bath or hosing off) my horses will still roll so  the SSS (or fly repellant) is a temporary solution for riding. Might be pricey compared to some fly repellants.

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    13 May 2012 12:20 PM

     i just saw a product by off.  it was a small plastic thing that hangs on your belt loop of wherever.  i wonder if that would work for the horses.  hang it on the saddle while your riding maybe.  it's a bit big to attach to halter for bridle, but, you could i guess.  anyway, said it lasts up to 11 hours.  i might give it a try.

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    26 May 2012 11:49 AM

     Why not try garlic in the horses feed instead of supplements?  Just put it in their mix when you feed.

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    04 Jun 2012 07:34 PM

     What do you bed on? If you are up north it may be doable to bed on peat moss. It's a huge fly deterant.If thats not doable, there is a bright neon orange fly spray bottle that works pretty awesome for mosquitos too....even here in FL where we have b52 bombers and you have to flick the flys out of your morning coffee to take a drink. LOL

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    08 Jun 2012 09:01 AM

     Sounds like you don't have any fun with the flies. Have you tried any flies traps in the barn to help get rid of them?

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    04 Jul 2012 08:01 AM

     Have you tried DE in your bedding? It's a good pest repellent? There are many flies traps out there, have you tried any?

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    05 Jul 2012 08:29 AM

    I agree with the bad things said about feeding garlic and have seen lab research that proves it.

    Skin so Soft is good for a couple of hours and that's about it. Apply anything under the eye, not over it. If it rains, or the horse sweats, it will run into their eyes and aggravate. Same with the ears. Fly masks with ears will give you full head coverage without the chemicals. Avoid the cheaper ones with the fleece nose bands. Boy, can they every promote some nasty skin infections under there!

    I've found that sprays do work, but never as long as they say it will. I consider them all the same unless you get into the heavy duty stuff like Mosquito Halt etc. 

    I've found myself using less fly sprays in the last couple of years and am working it more to their advantage instead. I have the barn open during the day, so they can escape the bugs, which is usually in the day. When they go out, they're good for 30-60 minutes, then run back to the barn for relief. At the barn they are standing on gravel which is good for the feet/thrush and the extra movement is a plus as well. I usually spray them lightly when they go out for some serious grazing at night when the sugar is lower in the grass. I also pick up all poos religeously and make it unavailable for the flies to reproduce. a squirt of dish soap on standing water (that horse's are not drinking) will also keep mosquitoes from reproducing. They also have hay available at all times and they eat it as well.

    So I figure, getting the bugs where they are born, setting things up for more movement, standing on gravel for better hoof health and them limiting their own time on grass because of the bugs all add up to better development, healthier hooves and avoiding full time on the grass that can lead to laminitis. If you can't fight it, go with it instead. I think picking up the poos has helped the most. No need for fly traps anymore and no more flies in the house either. 

    Hope this helps....

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