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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov. 14, 2007
    Southern California

    Default No Wonder my horse has hives!

    The other day I used some fly spray that I've been using forever on my other horses, and this one broke out in hives all over. So I stopped using it on this guy, (he lives in a sheet now) but continued using it on the others.

    I recently ran out, so bought a new 5 gal jug of the stuff. Mind you, this is the super duper, herbal, citronella, 'good for Dobbin's coat' stuff. While unloading the car, I put it on the asphalt driveway to put groceries away. Somehow, my dog got hold of it, tore the cap off, and the whole thing spilled. I was busy so I didn't clean it up right away. Big mistake. Two days later it had eaten a 10 x 3 x 2 inch hole in the asphalt! And I'm putting this stuff on my horse?!

    So now I'm rethinking what I can do for fly control on the poor beasts. Obviously I dilute it before I spray, but still.....

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun. 22, 2008
    Outside Ocala FL - Horse Capital of the World


    Yikes! I do always spot test if trying a new product because I have had a similiar situation, skin sensitive horse, many things will give him hives.

    I have not had any issues with the Absorbine Ultrasheild spray on any of my horses, have you tried that yet?

    I have found that just because it says "all natural" that it can't cause a bad reaction, two of my three horses are allergic to anything with tea tree oil in it, and I don't know about horse number 3, since I don't buy any products that have the tea tree oil in it.
    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov. 23, 2006
    Port Perry Ontario - formerly Prodomus


    we use a mixture of 50/50 water/listerine - find it works great

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov. 14, 2007
    Southern California


    I'll try the Listerine mixture. I'm pretty sure that won't eat a hole in my driveway.

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