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Manufacturer: Farnam (View all products by Farnam)

Model: Equi-Spot (View all Equi-Spot Fly Control reviews)

Category: Fly Control

Purchase: I was hoping for a product like Advantage is for dog flies for horse fly control. I go to Montana to dig dinosaurs for three to four weeks and leave my horses in the care of the stable owner; I was hoping for a product I could apply before I left and not have to worry about my horses being eaten alive. I went into a local feed dealer and there were two cases on the front counter with the price on each package marked $1.29. It was before fly season and I told the owners that I knew the price should be about $12.99. I came in a week later and they were still marked that way so I told the counter people that I had told the owners about a potential mistake. I came in two days later because my horse broke his new salt block holder and they were still marked that way so I purchased 24 packages. I know everyone at the store so I still feel guilty. I purchased in 2005.

Likes: It has a pleasant scent, like citronella.

Dislikes: The instructions were a little hard to understand. I think they improved the instructions a bit since I purchased the product. There were three tubes in each package, the tubes themselves were orange so it is hard to see how much product you are squeezing out in a dimly lit barn. The directions were in ml. and you had to read the cardboard to find out how many mls. were in a tube. I needed scissors to open the tubes without spilling the product, it said you could snap them open. The product didn't seem to repel as many flies as I thought it should. Even though it was said to be sweat and rain resistant I avoided washing or putting my horses out when there was a threat of rain. They were also eating Bug Check and yet were very uncomfortable long before the product said it couldn't be reapplied for 14 days. I was using them right after purchase, and the product wasn't expired. It is greasy and collects dust.

Quality: I was not impressed. I usually trust Farnam.

Summary: My Anglo Arab had a reaction. Everywhere I applied the product his hair fell out and his skin got raw (along his maine in a dorsal stripe to his tail, under his forelock, on the back of each leg. My Clydesdale Standardbred cross didn't show a skin reaction like that but was rubbing his tail and the vet felt it may be due to this product. I stopped applying it at his dock as directed. I didn't want to apply other products at the same time due to toxicity so after 14 days the Anglo Arab had a bloody chest neck and groin from bites with numerous lumps. The warmblood doesn't show bites with blood or lumps but he was striking with his legs constantly. Neither horse was safe for the farrier to work on though I applied the product a day before his appointment so it wouldn't rub off on him. The barn has house flies due to having a conveyor for manure in front of each stall along the crosstie isle. I did spray the conveyor but my horses were still stomping too much for their appointment. The product remained greasy for 14 days which attracted dust. I read the other good reviews, maybe it isn't effective in my area. My horses were washed and dried before application, because I didn't want a dirty coat to affect it. I used my other tubes on their window sills every 14 days which did reduce the flies hanging out there. I am using Mosquito Halt in 2007, see my review.

Rating: 1

Author: Petty Kash

Date: 2007-06-03

Usefulness Rating: 1.83333 out of 5.
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