July 18, 2014

Stop the Madness!

This is something that has really, really, reeeeeally been getting on my nerves lately.


Bugs, which leads us to fly spray.


I should start my own fly spray company and claim you only have to spray your horse once and it lasts them a lifetime.   I would strike it rich.  Maybe I'd get sued for that big sham though.


Plastered everywhere you see companies claim that their product is special and lasts for 14 DAYS guaranteed.  Can't forgot how they are sweat-resistant, weather-resistant, and magical.  Hahaha, haha, ha... ha.  I think they made a typo and it is supposed to say 14 MINUTES.  No matter how much I douse Ypke with fly spray, it never ever lasts for 14 days.  I'm lucky if helps for 14 seconds.  I have proof: I left for vacation for four days after thoroughly bathing Ypke with a "14 day" flyspray... came back to one eaten up horse covered in bugs.  Geez.


I seem to get the best results from Tri Tec, but it always leaves a greasy residue on Ypke's coat (maybe that helps it stick on?).  It definitely doesn't last the advertised 14 days which irks me, but it does seem to do a pretty good job for one day.

Which fly spray do you use?  Are you happy with it?

16 comments:

  1. I've had the most luck with Pyranha and Endure, but yeah none of it really lasts more than a couple days for me.

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    1. I've never tried Pyranha, I will have to look into it.

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  2. if this commercial stuff doesn't seem to work, i wonder why people bother with those homemade versions with essential oils and stuff?

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  3. I love Bronco-e by Farnam. It's only $10/bottle ($20 for the jug) and it lasts a good couple of days. I switched from the longer day ones because half the time I end up hosing flyspray off my horse the next day after we ride. Didn't want to see the dollars pouring off him. So I got the cheapest I could find and I'm super happy. Plus it has citronella in it which my horse super prefers over sprays that don't have it in it (he would be annoyed by those).

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    1. I will have to look into that one. Thanks!

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    2. I use Bronco-e too for pretty much the same reason: why spend $20/bottle on fly spray that is supposed to last several days but only lasts a few hours, when a fly spray that is $6/bottle will last the same number of hours? Plus my horses tend to get hosed off a couple of times a week when it's this hot, so I'd rather waste the cheap fly spray than the expensive stuff!

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    3. this is the same one that i've gotten currently. i'm "new" to fly spray but i know that it's the one that the stable uses as default so it must work...

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  4. I am currently using EQyss Marigold spray ($18.95 for 32 oz) -- its all natural and pesticide free. Not sure how many days it lasts though, as we spray her daily. The only downside is it has a very strong, perfumy smell that it is a bit overwhelming. I also have used Bronco-e and I like the smell (citronella) but was worried about all the chemicals (on both me and the horse).

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    1. Hmmm, Marigold sounds interesting. I'll have to look into that one.

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  5. I use Pyranha too. It seems to do the best job of any other fly spray I've tried, but I've yet to find something that actually works as magically as it claims. The Pyranha also has lanolin in it, so it leaves Bobby's coat really soft--but not greasy--even after a bath or hose down.

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  6. I use Pyranha aerosol. I have also used Endure. I am convinced that nothing really works. I also use Skin so Soft and vinegar. Seems to help with ticks.

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  7. Perfumed water--that's all bug spray is--I still use it, though, and pretend I'm doing something good for my horses.

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  8. I'm wondering if the fourteen day claim isn't referring to ticks... I use Ultrashield because it has permethrin in it to kill the ticks which we have a huge problem with. I can get away with using it once a week or so for ticks, but it doesn't last more than a few minutes for flies, so I used a home made all natural fly spray for flies because I just don't like the idea of spraying something with permethrin on him several times a day.... the homemade stuff doesn't last any longer, but at least toxins are soaking into his skin.... I could be totally delusional though LOL!!

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  9. Oh I guess I should have mentioned the homemade kind is avon skin so soft, vinegar and citronella. I also use neem oil mixed with vinegar and water at night for the gnats that cause his sweet itch. It's stinks and has to be made up fresh each night so it's a pain in the butt but it actually works.... oh and neem is all natural too. :)

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