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    Default 100s of Teensie Tiny Flies?

    My old horse, King (and ONLY King) is covered with 100s of teensie tiny flies. They look like miniature house flies, very flat bodies. Can anyone tell me what these are and how to get rid of them? I just noticed them this afternoon.



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    You in the northeast? I am and I'm thinking the mayflies have shown up early. Sigh.
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    Gnats?
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    One of mine has it too, but not hundreds. He is the only one with them.
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    Blackflies (love to cluster in ears) are out early this year. Just pulled out the fly masks.
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    I'm in Kansas, if that helps to identify these nasty creatures. Just bought a new jug of fly spray, I'll see if that zaps them.



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    Based on the photos in this article, they look like horn flies: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ig139

    King is the only one who has them on him, I don't see them on any of the other three horses. There are cattle in the pasture to our west (share a fenceline), though the rancher there rotates his cattle and they are not currently in that pasture.



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    Yep also known as cattle flies. Fly spray. We have been using Mosquito halt and it seems to work.



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    Pretty this is them. Any idea why they would ONLY be on the old guy?



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    He tastes better?

    Seriously,horseflies - those dang B-52s - used to make a beeline for my bay Tb, totally ignoring DH's strawberry roan TWH.

    IIRC, King is chestnut, right?
    Any of your other horses this color?
    Maybe the flies like redheads?
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    Yes King is chestnut, but so are 2 of the others. I am wondering if it's because King does not move around as much as the others?



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