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  1. #1
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    Default Fly Spray for the Sensitive Skin Horse.

    It appears my sensitive TB has become allergic to fly some sprays. I'm looking for a natural spray that will keep the flies away. All suggestions welcomed, Thank you.



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    I use the Deo lotion (in the orange bottle) and it works OK I guess. My trimmer recommends Ricochet, another one made of essential oils.

    One I wouldn't use on a sensitive horse is Pyranha. My horse usually isn't sensitive to anything but he HATES having that sprayed on him and several people on this list have had sensitivity problems with that one. It's a shame because it works better than some others I've tried.



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    How about using avon skin so soft?



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    My horse who is allergic to most fly sprays does really well with Flicks. It's super effective too.



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    I use the Marigold spray. It's so-so, but my horse isn't terribly bothered by flies, as long as he has a fly hat on.

    For turnout, he gets a mask and sheet, which more or less eliminates the need for fly spray (I'll spray his belly and legs).



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    I make my own fly spray with skin so soft

    1 cup Avon skin so soft
    2 cups white vinegar
    1 cup water
    1 TBS Eucalyptus oil
    1 TSP Citronella



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    I use Ricochet also and I like it.



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    With my chestnut mares, I always shop for water-based repellants. Those with an oil-carrier will keep the product in contact with the skin longer, leading to allergic reactions, either to the oil itself or to the repellant ingredients. Water-based sprays, in my experience, last long enough to get the job done without triggering a reaction. My favorite of the moment is Bite-Free.

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    I get from Jeffers Equine Bio-groom fly spray. It is baby powder scented, and it is not high on the chemicals to irritate my fly spray sensitive horse. She actually likes this spray. Maybe it is the smell, maybe it doesn't sting when it goes on. She does, however, understand fly spray keeps bugs off of her. My little old lady horse of 20 plus years old also does too.



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