Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

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  • 04-10-2012 7:53 AM

    Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

    If memory serves, I used this some years ago as insect repellant rather than the usual types bought at farm supply stores. Anyone else use this? I've ordered some from Avon. Seems like I have to use a different kind every year. what works really well one year, doesn't work the next. Cheap brands don't work at all. I don't want to feed garlic supplements, have not heard all good about that option.

    MorganRider
  • 04-11-2012 6:38 AM In reply to

    Re: Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

    Garlic works great for tick control - not so much for fly control.

    I used Skin-so-soft once, many years ago, in a fly spray recipe.  It cost me a huge vet bill as my inky blue-black horse developed huge hives every place I sprayed her.

    The majority of horses don't seem to have a reaction to Skin-So-Soft but once you get your recipe, do a test patch on the horse first to be safe:)

  • 04-11-2012 6:43 AM In reply to

    Re: Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

     I never used it in a "recipe." It's likely that combing different ingredientscould make it a skin irritant. I just used it "as is."

    MorganRider
  • 04-11-2012 3:44 PM In reply to

    Re: Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

    When we go riding we use OFF repellant for humans on the horses.  There are different levels of strength and some of them fight off ticks too.  I haven't met a big bad fly that will land on my horse when he is sprayed with the deep woods off.
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  • 04-11-2012 6:02 PM In reply to

    Re: Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

    http://www.saddlesource.com/repel-x-ii-fly-spray-32oz.html

    A lady at the barn I used to ride at uses this exact type of fly spray. It works so well. Her horse has sensitive skin especially around his muzzle. He needs to get ointment on his muzzle because of the flies. She just takes a cloth and sprays a squirt or two on the cloth and wipes it on his nose. No flies bother him. She sprays him with some fly spray after riding and he stays fly free!

    I definitely recommend this product.

    I have never heard of Skin so Soft fly repellent before.
  • 04-12-2012 2:12 PM In reply to

    Re: Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

     last year i used absorbine ultra ex.  it was excellent.  although it said it works up to 17 days, it didn't do that.  it does last a few days though. 

    i remember using skin so soft about 20 years ago.  i don't recall being that impressed with it.  but the horses smelled nice =^)

    Gailforce -- Another old lady rediscovering her inner cowgirl.
  • 04-14-2012 4:46 AM In reply to

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    Gailforce:

     last year i used absorbine ultra ex.  it was excellent.  although it said it works up to 17 days, it didn't do that.  it does last a few days though. 

    i remember using skin so soft about 20 years ago.  i don't recall being that impressed with it.  but the horses smelled nice =^)

    I'll have to try the Absorbine Unltra Ex as the warm weather wears on since what works now, won't work later:(

    For now Zonk is working great for me but I don't have a big fly issue yet --- ticks are my main concern at the moment.

    It was around 25 years ago when I first heard of SSS as part of homemade recipes.  Since it cost me a vet bill, I wasn't impressed either but yes, my horse sure smelled nice - lol

    "20 years ago" ---- "25 years ago"  that doesn't seem possible.  Where-oh-where has the time gone??Crying

  • 04-14-2012 1:00 PM In reply to

    Re: Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

    I used it on my foal as advised by my vet when I was boarding at a facility where the conditions weren't sanitary.  It worked well.  I use horse repellent now on her now.
  • 04-15-2012 8:36 AM In reply to

    Re: Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

     I have also heard tha skin so soft works wellas a repellent for flies. And yes garlic is a good tick repellent. Why not put the garlic in the food and not use a supplement?? Just mix it in with their grain.

  • 04-15-2012 8:39 AM In reply to

    Re: Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

    I have also heard that skin so soft works well as a repellent for flies. But I didn't know you needed to change it every year. Also garlic is a great tick repellent. I came from tick country and I use it all the time and never had a problem with ticks. 

  • 04-15-2012 8:42 AM In reply to

    Re: Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

     I also have heard that skin so soft is a good repellent for flies. I didn't know that you needed to change it every year. Thanks for the info. 

  • 04-17-2012 10:36 AM In reply to

    Re: Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

    Here's a link that has all kinds of recipes for homemade fly repellant. I've used a few of them myself but I have yet to find anything that works after you have a sweaty horse and go riding in the woods where the deer flys are rampant. I've been chased out of the woods numerous times because those things are relentless and bite the heck out of my horse.

    http://www.moniteausaddleclub.com/flyspray_recipes.htm



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  • 04-27-2012 10:40 AM In reply to

    Re: Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

     What about using some flies traps? Traps would work around the barn or stall.

  • 05-12-2012 10:10 AM In reply to

    Re: Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

     I've just tried it - straight Skin so Soft.

    Plusses: it does repel flies and bugs. It smells good. Is non toxic. You can get it on your skin and no irrituation. You can spray some on yourself as a fly repellant (Avon also makes a human bug repellant with SSS in it).

    Minuses: it is oily so beads up with sweat. but still keeps  the flies off. After a ride (including a bath or hosing off) my horses will still roll so  the SSS (or fly repellant) is a temporary solution for riding. Might be pricey compared to some fly repellants.

    MorganRider
  • 05-13-2012 12:20 PM In reply to

    Re: Skin so Soft for fly repellant?

     i just saw a product by off.  it was a small plastic thing that hangs on your belt loop of wherever.  i wonder if that would work for the horses.  hang it on the saddle while your riding maybe.  it's a bit big to attach to halter for bridle, but, you could i guess.  anyway, said it lasts up to 11 hours.  i might give it a try.

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