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bot eggs HELP!!

Timtamkiwi - 21 Apr, 6:29pm
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whats the best way to get bot eggs off horses! ive just started noticing that my mare is getting bot eggs on her their around her flank, back legs and front legs, i used with real coution(sp?) a stanley knife today 2 get rid of most of them but shes still got heaps on! p.s i got my mum to hold my mare when i was using the stanley knife an if shes moved i pulled the knife away as fast as i could so she wouldnt get cut!
 
Mustang - 21 Apr, 6:39pm
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you can get a bot knife from your saddlery...they are ugly so get them off for showing, and when you worm her make sure it kills bots too. some kill everything, others kill round worms and bots and others again kill round worms and tape worms, you may have to miss out on the tape worm drench if she has bots...Im lucky, around here they dont get bot flies! it wont matter if you miss the tapeworm one as long as at other times of the year your horse does get it...so get a bot knife and some wormer that kills bots! good luck!
 
Justalad - 21 Apr, 6:51pm
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You can also get a spray that suddleny(sp?) makes them come off
 
Mustang - 21 Apr, 6:52pm
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oh cool, I didnt know that, whats it called??
 
Shadow - 21 Apr, 6:58pm
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Sand Paper!! Evadently it works better then a bot knife!
 
Mustang - 21 Apr, 7:02pm
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LOL I bet its cheaper too...just filch some from your garage!
 
Joey27 - 21 Apr, 7:09pm
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the spray doesnt make them go away, it stops the flys landing on there legs so it is really a prevention. but as they say prevention is the best protection or . or something like that
 
Shadow - 21 Apr, 7:13pm
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Lol we still haven't tried the sandpaper... but the bot knifes aren't that good!
 
balladonna - 21 Apr, 7:21pm
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There is a remedy that apparently works quite well in preventing bots and that is to rub the areas where the eggs are likely to be laid with a rag that has been wrung out in kerosene. (in PAT COLBY'S  NATURAL HORSE CARE BOOK). Also, insects are less likely to bite a horse whose sulphur intake is adequate. It is recommended that you supplement with 1/2 cup cider vinegar to help kill off bot larvae. I also believe there is a powder you can get that is similar to lice powder which kills the eggs and then they drop off.
 
Timtamkiwi - 21 Apr, 9:37pm
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yea i heard that bot knifes didnt work that well so ill try what sammy said an put in 1/2 cup cider vinegar in her feed! what would u do with sandpaper?? would u just rub it over the bot eggs?? wouldnt that hurt the horse??
 
Mustang - 21 Apr, 9:38pm
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no offence sammy, but how old is that book???!!! I would never wipe kerosene on my horses! (especially since Brendon is a smoker LOL) wouldnt an insect repellant be better??
 
Sonny - 22 Apr, 8:12am
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Mustang, the book Sammy1 refers to has just be released again. I know over in the states the guys use kero on the horses legs and also diesel. The horses never touch it as they don't like the smell and because it is just rubbed lightly on over the hair of the leg (not scrubbed in so it goes down to the skin) it does not effect the horses.
 
Mustang - 22 Apr, 8:48am
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ya kidding!! well I think Im too sooky to try it out (not that I have a problem with bots anyway) good luck to those who do try it...let us know how it goes!
 
Sonny - 22 Apr, 11:50am
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lol, I have never tried it, but like you, we don't really seem to get bots on the horses.
 
Timtamkiwi - 22 Apr, 2:51pm
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whats kerosene?? i just got back from my pony club comp an the dressage judge said that my horse has pre-grass staggers dont know in the world what that is! i now what staggers is but whats pre-grass staggers?? she gave us (me an my friend) the name of a product called nutramol and we have to give the horses 3mLs every feed! i dont see what the problem is cause my horse is always skittish even in winter!
 
fullgallop - 22 Apr, 7:44pm
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kerosene it like petrol but not as explosive i wouldnt think it would be good to try on horses tho
 
Mustang - 22 Apr, 10:48pm
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oh no timtam!!! nutramol hasnt actually been proven to help with grass staggers, sorry dude. My mates horse Reggie gets grass staggers with just a whiff of rye grass, he went to Massey's horse unit because we all thought he had a brain tumour (because of the drunkeness and crazy eyes) but we found he was just way sensitive.  she told them that it couldnt be since she was giving him nutramol and they told her it was crap...if what your horse has is really grass staggers then he'll need to be taken off pasture and fed hay and hard feed until that mycotoxin loaded grass is gone. if hes just skittery because thats the way he is, then maybe some magnesium/calciun (dolomite) in his diet may help to calm him down a bit. hope this helps, just dont waste a ton of money on nutramol (its reaaaaallllly expensive stuff)
 
balladonna - 23 Apr, 10:30am
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I don't see the problem with using ancient remedies, they are tried tested and proven. How do you think horse owners cured problems before all the fancy veterinary equipment and medicine was founded? It worked then so there is no reason why it wouldn't work now. Obviously you wouldn't use kerosene on a horse with sensitive skin and as sonny said you are only wiping it gently over the hairs. (and as long as ypu don't strick a match or lighter around you horse, you should be ok). We don't get bot eggs where I live so I don't have to worry about it.
 
Mustang - 23 Apr, 12:27pm
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oh sammy I fully love the old remedies (herbs etc) but kerosene?? just not for me I guess! Im glad I dont have to worry bout bots either :)
 
Timtamkiwi - 27 Apr, 4:25pm
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i give her dolomite every saturday an i give her 2 teaspoons of it! is that ok or should i up it??
 
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