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Old 04-19-2006, 07:24 PM   #1
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Apple Cider Vinegar

Well, I'm doing some research on fly remedies, darn things, and just wondered....is the apple cider vinegar good for the inside of a horse?
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Old 04-19-2006, 07:27 PM   #2
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yes, it helps to prevent summer itch, they say and it gives off a different smell when fed that prevents flies.
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Old 04-19-2006, 08:01 PM   #3
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I wouldn't put a lot of stock in the fact it helps reduce flies. But that's me. I was schooling a weanling for someone last year at a barn in which all the horses recieved apple cider vinegar. I did not notice a real reduction in the fly population. They were everywhere, and the barn was well kept (manure speaking). That was the only barn I have ever been in where vinegar was being used for that purpose...I wasn't impressed
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Old 05-14-2006, 04:35 PM   #4
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what feeding Apple Cider Vinegar actually does is changes the way the horse "smells" to the flies etc. Therefore making them less "tasty" It does not change anything that would reduce the fly population at a barn.

We used Apple Cider Vinegar on the horses at the base stable in NC and it did make a difference on the amount of biting flies we had to deal with out on the trails.
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Old 05-14-2006, 04:44 PM   #5
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I wasn't impressed with it either.
The only actual clincally proven thing that it will do is to change the acidity in the horse and help to somewhat prevent the formation of enteroliths.
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:23 AM   #6
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I never heard of it - I have heard that if you hang up ziplock bags full of water, the flies will think they are wasp nests and stay away - anyone tried this??? I may give it a try as the darn buzzing pests are pretty bad this year!!!
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:03 AM   #7
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I have seen the ziplock bag thing done, and I have to admit there where no flies...but I haven't seen it done in a barn, it was in little country stores. Of course they were in close proximity to horse properties, so maybe it really did help.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:14 AM   #8
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We thought it was crazy - but several of the old time farmers here have told us the same thing, soooo tonight I will be filling up bags and hanging them in the barn. I will let you guys know if it works!!!
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