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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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water based fly spray

Dear Dr. Getty,

A vet that visits our ranch said that water based fly sprays are not good for your horse. He reccommends oil based. Do you agree and can you tell me why?

I was also wondering what your opinion was on using a hackamore versus a bit. Some people feel it is harsh? My gelding doesn't seem to have a problem with it. He respomds very well. Please tell me what you think.


Where are you from? Florida

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Re: water based fly spray

Hi Sue,

Since my area of expertise is nutrition, I can only give you a generalized response to your questions.

Regarding the fly spray – water-based fly sprays do not last as long since they will lose their effectiveness when exposed to sweat, rain, or rolling in wet grass. Oil-based sprays leave a residue that has more “staying power.”

Regarding the bit – a bitless bridle (which is similar to a hackamore) is, in my opinion, more humane and just as effective, with the proper training. A hackamore, if used improperly, can be harsh – even more harsh than a bit. However, it truly is the rider that determines the effectiveness of the restraint. I would recommend that you consult with a trainer regarding this issue.

All the best,

Dr. Getty