Gordon's Horse and Pony Spray
Manufacturer: Gordon's Horse and Pony Spray
Model: Fly Spray
Category: Fly Control
Purchase: I bought a gallon jug of this spray because I have a horse that has one white sock and develops severe photo-active dermatitis during the hot, sunny summers. This product includes sunscreen. I bought it at Tractor Supply and paid approximately 45 dollars.
Likes: This product repelled flies effectively and lasted longer than most water-based products.
Dislikes: In my experience, this spray is extremely irritating. All three of my horses developed varying degrees of allergic reactions. Our pony developed such severe allergies that I had to put her on a course of steroids (I'm a veterinarian, so no worries!). I carefully ruled out a number of causes of their allergic reactions which ranged from edematous plaques to marked skin thickening and tremendous itching which caused our pony to rub her face, ears and neck raw.
In fairness, there are many dire warnings in the booklet adhered to the back of the bottle. However, I would have NEVER considered using this spray if I had read these precautions. Live and learn - I thought I knew how to use fly spray!! Some of the precautions include: do not apply to a wet horse, do not apply in bright sunlight (huh? that's why you need sunscreen!), harmful if absorbed through skin, avoid any direct contact between the product and the horse's skin and securely cover feedstuffs, troughs, bins or other food and water receptacles while spraying. I don't know about you, but my horse brushes up against her hay with her head and neck. As the other reviewer noted, the precautions state that if you get the spray on you or your clothes you need to treat it as a poison emergency. Again, if I had only read the additional information my poor little Suzy pony wouldn't be hairless and scruffy. In addition to causing grossly obvious allergic reactions it did result in exceptional dandruff production.
Overall, I would not buy or use this product ever again. I am going to wrap it in multiple layers of newspaper - as advised in the package insert - and throw it in the trash. I am not going to rinse it out thoroughly - I still have about a quarter of a bottle - as I don't want any more of this stuff anywhere on my property or in my septic system. By the way, it is extremely toxic to fish.
I suppose I should have been alerted by the statement "Improved GENTLER formula!" It's back to good ol' Bronco for us...we'll take the shorter duration and more frequent application.
Quality: Not applicable.
Summary: Again, I would never buy this product again and I most certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone - friend or enemy!
Author: Dr. Laura K. DVM
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
2 reader(s) voted.
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