FEATHER MITES: BEST APPLICATION ADVICE

Please do a patch test as advised on the bottle before application starts.

Understanding Feather Mites

These microscopic parasites live just about anywhere. Birds carry them in on the wing when they visit stables or barns. Mites can also be passed on via rugs, straw and hay, so it is important to wash and disinfect any rugs or other equipment, bought or borrowed, second-hand before using them on your own horse. If you are moving your horse to a new stable, ensure that any remaining bedding is removed and disposed of and that the stable is thoroughly disinfected before your horse uses it. Unfortunately, you may never know how your horse picked them up, but once they have, you need to start treatment as soon as you can to prevent secondary infection taking hold in open sores.  Do not apply goodbye products to open wounds.

To Prevent Feather Mites

Apply GoodBye Flys spray daily to legs feathers and comb through. Wash legs once a month in GoodBye Flys shampoo. It is best to use shavings as bedding rather than straw and to completely muck out the stable at least once a month before disinfecting it. Do this on the same day that you wash your horse’s legs.

How to use shampoo

First comb the feathers and then wet the legs. Add a small amount of shampoo to a sponge, lather up, work the foam into the legs and rub in well. Make sure that you cover all the feathers. Don’t dilute the shampoo. Leave to soak in for 15-20 mins. Comb through then wash out. Dry with a towel and, when nearly dry, apply GoodBye Flys spray into the feathers.

Horses with Feather Mites

Please consult your vet if your horse is receiving treatment or has a serious case of mites. There will be a few cycles in the healing process.

During the first two weeks if it is possible not to turn your horse/pony out this will speed up the healing process. Start by using the shampoo. First comb the feathers and then wet the legs. Add a small amount of shampoo to a sponge, lather up, work the foam into the legs and rub in well. Do not dilute the shampoo. Leave to soak in for 30 mins before combing through. Wash out, dry with a towel and, when nearly dry, apply Goodbye Flys spray to the feathers. Repeat this process every other day for the first week. The hygiene advice above also applies here. Stable bedding rugs etc. all need to be cleared and cleaned to prevent re-infestation. After the first week you should see improvements, no stamping of feet, healing begins and your horse/pony will be a lot happier. For the next three weeks apply Goodbye Flys spray twice a day and shampoo once a week. At the end of a month you should see even bigger improvements. Once the infestation is gone and healing has happened use the spray daily to prevent re-infection.

I hope this is helpful. Kind Regards, Sarah Dawe