protecting a spooky pony from flies- help

TinselTurkey

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<font color="blue"> </font> Nevada is very spooky and thats a problem with most things, but the biggest problem is protecting him from the flies, the flies drive him nuts but he is petrified of spray bottles. has anyone got any non scary ideas on how to protect him?
 

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When I bought my cob two years ago - because he has sweet itch and no-one had bothered to do anything about it, he was very headshy and wouldn't let you touch his ears because he was so tender there. So the first thing I did was to put him in a fly-mask when I turned him out which stopped the midges getting on his face and in his ears and that made a huge difference.

I know there are a lot of supplements which are supposed to help but they can be a tad expensive, but I read in a magazine recently that someone had used Dettol mixed up to the solution you would use on a wound, and then sponge it on the horse, and they said it had worked wonders on their horse.

Also, I've heard that to feed a Marmite sandwich every day will keep the flies away! I don't know about that, but mine loves his Marmite sandwiches.

I think there is also something that you can put on all over the horse when you ride out which literally acts as a barrier so the flies can't bite. Of course, if your horse is spooky this might be a challenge! I think the firm was called Cashel or something like that and I think I've seen them advertised in H&amp;H. It looks like a fine mesh net which you presumably put on underneath the saddle. I might try one for my animal coz he's pretty laid back.

Blimmin flies, they're a pesky nuisance.
 

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hes funny about his ears being touched so a mask would be a pain to get on everything, but he will eat anything lol i will try him with a marmite sandwich when i pop up tomorrow
 

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Yeah, I think its Dodson &amp; Horrel Granules. I just bought a refil bag and used an old supplement container and 15ml measure to store it in at the yard. Much cheaper than buying a tub of it! ;o)
 
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