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foxylady

Vick Vapor Rub as Insect repellent

Has anyone tried Vicks vapor rub on the horse's belly?  The insects really get to three of my horses in the summer time.  How about using on the utters?  I read that it is effective on the belly but just wondering if anyone has tried it and what about using on the utters?  My IR mare is kinda "well endowed", and the insects terrorize her all spring and summer.  Are there any other products particulary for insects in the utter area?
learningthedance

I don't know about using it on horses. It irritates my skin something crazy and feels COLD!!!! Mind you, horses have much thicker skin, but the utters would still be sensative I would think. What about just using Vasaline with a little Muskoil mixed in it? I know up here when the black flies are biting, Muskoil seems to be the only thing that helps.
Pyrgirl

learningthedance wrote:
I don't know about using it on horses. It irritates my skin something crazy and feels COLD!!!! Mind you, horses have much thicker skin, but the utters would still be sensative I would think. What about just using Vasaline with a little Muskoil mixed in it? I know up here when the black flies are biting, Muskoil seems to be the only thing that helps.


Muskoil?  Where do you get that?
learningthedance

Pyrgirl wrote:
learningthedance wrote:
I don't know about using it on horses. It irritates my skin something crazy and feels COLD!!!! Mind you, horses have much thicker skin, but the utters would still be sensative I would think. What about just using Vasaline with a little Muskoil mixed in it? I know up here when the black flies are biting, Muskoil seems to be the only thing that helps.


Muskoil?  Where do you get that?


The actual name and spelling of it is Muskol. Sorry, around here her say MuskOIL,

Anyways, you can get it at most stores that sell fishing tackle and supplies in the repellent sections. It comes in a spray, but the actual "oil" that they sell in the little bottle is by far the best in my opinion. It does have Deet in it, but a little goes a long way!!

EDIT TO ADD: Camping supply stores would carry this too.
whudson

I've used straight white vinegar with good results
Yes_But_Neigh

When Captain had his itchies and we couldn't figure out where his allergies were coming from we bought a ton of Vaseline. We had to go to the dollar store because we would use about five containers a day. It didn't help because it was masking the area and his skin couldn't breathe. There weren't flies where it was applied though so a horse without missing hair maybe it would work.
PasoBaby_CarolU

The only thing I've ever heard of using Vicks on horses for is in the nostrils of stallions when a mare is heat, and I honestly have no idea if it works.   I have no idea why it would work as a fly repellent.
Yes_But_Neigh

Oh me me! *Raises hand*
I've heard of using vicks in nostrils for showing Arabians so that their nostrils flare. DON'T DO THIS. Obviously. But I've also heard about putting cinnamon (sp?) sticks in their butts so that they flip their tails.
UGH. Well there is bad stuff about every breed I'm sure.
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