Friday, April 15, 2011

Product Review - Fly Free Zone Fly Collars

I thought I'd give these a try since it's only April and the flies are already bothersome. They will only create a fly-free zone on the horse's head and neck, so you still have to spray their bodies.

I'm happy to report that they actually do work ...
... right up until the first rousing game of Bite-the-Face.
These lasted 2½ days.

If you have a horse that is pastured alone, or kept stalled, or if you have horses that just stand around and look at each other, I highly recommend them. If you have rowdy, rough-and-tumble geldings like mine, you may as well not bother.

And that's why we don't have anything nice around here.

20 comments:

Mikey said...

Now see, this is good to know. I was considering buying some, but my horses would tear them up too.

Crystal said...

Hmm can you take them off and put them on again? Might be nice for riding if so.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

I couldn't keep the horses who were by themselves from managing to tear them off and up. They did work when they well when they were on.
Crytal, you can take them off and put them back on-they velcro

Jeni said...

Hmm great to know =) Probably would work great for riding. Thanks Leah =)

AareneX said...

I wonder if the goats would eat them....

Leah Fry said...

You could only use them when you ride, but you'd have to store them in a sealed plastic bag. It's just a strip of foam soaked in citronella encased in plastic and nylon.

You could probably accomplish the same thing on a ride by soaking a bandanna and tying it around the horse's neck, though I'm certain the oil would stain the bridle.

Breathe said...

I did have these once. Lily could really use it, thanks for the reminder.

Ain't nobody getting it off her. She's very grouchy lately.

Esther Garvi said...

I know exactly what you mean!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

We don't have fly problems until late July/early August and they only last a few weeks.

But those few weeks can be horrible. Apache is allergic to most fly sprays and get burned, welts, loses hair and is just terrible sensitive.

This collar might be something that could work for her to keep those flies out of her eyes.

Are the poisonous if horses ingest any of the collar?

Thanks for the review,
~Lisa

Dreaming said...

You said they attach with velcro. Will they come undone or rip easily if the horse snags it on something?

Leah Fry said...

Lisa, it's just citronella. Mine obviously were tearing them up and lived to "tell the tale." Nobody looked the worse for having chewed on them.

Dreaming, yes, I believe they would let go. Never underestimate the power of a 1100+ lb. critter against anything. That said, the velcro is strong enough that if you need to grab a horse by the collar, it will hold up. I hung onto Daltrey by the collar while spraying the rest of his body with fly spray.

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