Bug Off Garlic for Horses
Celebrating more than 24 years of natural bug protection!
Air-dried garlic granules provide a safe 24-hour shield against flies, ticks, mosquitoes, gnats, "no see ums," and other biting insects. Excellent for horsefly control!
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• No "spray on" hassles
• Safe alternative to chemical products
• Promotes friendly bacteria in the digestive tract (prebiotic)
• Great source of dietary sulfur, including MSM
• Supports a healthy immune system
Veterinarians versed in natural alternatives use garlic in their private practices throughout the world. Although best known for its health protective properties, garlic has been used as an insect deterrent for centuries. Springtime's air-dried garlic takes that benefit to a new level and is far safer than many chemical products. You may use Bug Off Garlic for Horses for natural protection from biting insects with total confidence.
For more offerings, we ask you to make time to have a look at our complete inventory of natural horse supplements at Springtime Supplements today.
Better: Two scoops per 1,000 lb
Best: Three scoops per 1,000 lb
Best Dose is recommended for areas of high infestation. Recommended: Please start out with just a sprinkle of Bug Off Garlic for Horses for the first days, then increase gradually to the best amount for your horse's weight. It might take 2-4 weeks to maximize protection. Year-round use is recommended. Warnings: Not for human consumption. Keep out of the reach of children and animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a health professional immediately. This product should not be given to animals intended for human consumption.
PRODUCT SIZE COMPARISON
|Buy two 5 lb get one free||318||29¢||$6.10||$91.50|
|Buy two 10 lb get one free||636||25¢||$5.37||$161.00|
|Buy two 27.5 lb get one free||1,758||23¢||$4.98||$411.00|
|Buy two 42 lb get one free||2,685||23¢||$4.88||$616.00|
|Active Ingredients per scoop (¾ oz.):|
|Garlic (Allium sativum)||21,263 mg||Inactive ingredients: None.|
|Cautions: If animal's condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian. Safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven. Should not be used in pre-existing anemia or prior to surgery.|
Bug Off Garlic is Safe for Horses
A Canadian study* proves that garlic toxicity is almost impossible to reach, even with high potency freeze-dried concentrate.
Dose - Freeze-dried garlic was mixed with molasses and fed to two horses in increasing doses until the maximum accepted dose was reached. The beginning dose was about two ounces per day. The amount was increased gradually until it reached almost nine ounces per day.
Result - For the first 31 days, no changes in blood chemistry were noted until more than seven ounces per day was consumed. Then, about nine ounces a day was consumed for another 30 straight days and eventually resulted in anemia. The horses recovered completely after about a month without any freeze-dried garlic.
Conclusion - In my opinion, the study clearly shows how difficult and unlikely it would be to overfeed garlic to horses. Researcher Wendy Pearson notes that an overdose probabl y could not be achieved with any other form of garlic than freeze-dried. Freeze-dried garlic is the same as raw garlic dehydrated at below 0° temperatures. It takes three pounds of raw garlic to make 1 pound of freeze-dried. Nine ounces a day of freeze-dried would be 27 ounces of raw (over 200 cloves).
Founder of Springtime, established 1979
**Pearson, Wendy. "Garlic (Allium Sativum) for Horses: In Vitro Antibacterial Activity and In Vivo Toxicity." Professor M.I. Lindinger. University of Guelph, 2003.
Freeze-dried garlic for people - three capsules a day (adjusted for a horse dosage = 18 per day).
Study Used 25 Times the Normal Portion for Horses: Amount fed per day for 30 days - 25 times the therapeutic dose! Almost 9 ounces (dry weight) equal to 454 caps/day! Total equal to 13,620 capsules over 30 days!
No horse would ever eat 27 ounces of raw garlic per day.
Garlic in normal amounts is good for horses!
Toxicity is Dose Dependent
A central concept of toxicology is that effects are dose-dependent; even water can lead to water intoxication when taken in large enough doses, whereas for even a very toxic substance such as snake venom there is a dose below which there is no detectable toxic effect.
"Toxicity." Wikipedia.1 December 2009 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxicity
Top U.S. Garlic Expert
Perfected Over 20 Years of Safe, Effective Insect Control!
"The allicin-derived compounds found in deyhdrated garlic are the allyl sulfides, mainly diallyl disulfide (DADS), diallyl trisulfide (DATS) and lesser amounts of diallyl tetrasulfide (DATTS) and methyl allyl trisulfide (MATS). These compounds also form AMS metabolite in the body and appear to be as active as allicin inside the body against pests. An advantage of the allyl sulfides over allicin is that they have much lower side effects (less interaction with the throat and stomach) than allicin.
When garlic powder is made, some allicin (partial) is formed from alliin when the cloves are chopped prior to drying. The more finely chopped, the more allicin that is formed. Then, because the allicin is unstable, during the drying process allicin is transformed to the stable allyl
sulfides within 4-40 hours. However, the allyl sulfides are volatile and will escape into the atmosphere if dried at a high temperature. Hence, if garlic cloves are finely chopped before drying and then dried at a lower temperature, such as room temperature, the dried granules will contain much less allicin that the raw garlic and will contain relatively high amounts of the allyl sulfides, hence giving higher activity and reduced side effects."
Larry D. Lawson, Ph.D.
- retired research director at Silliker Orem Laboratory, Orem, Utah
- 22 years research experience on the analysis of and pharmacological effects of garlic and garlic products
- 7 recent years of NIH-funded garlic research (5 years of human research)
Bug Off Garlic: Ancient History Aids Modern Science
Much work to prepare and extremely sharp flavor make fresh cloves difficult to use.
Springtime Bug Off Garlic: subdued flavor, easy to measure, stores over two years at room temperature, powerful aroma works great! Low allicin content means absolutely safe for daily, long term use.
Worldwide popularity of garlic for horses has increased dramatically with the recent availability of safe, effective air-dried garlic granules – Springtime Bug Off Garlic is the #1 brand in the U.S.A.
Garlic – 5,000 Year Written History
Garlic has been used as food and medicine for as long as people have recorded history. Its use and highly esteemed value appear in ancient writings from Egypt, Sumeria, India, China, Persia, Greece, and Rome. In Biblical times, Jewish tribes not only used garlic for themselves, but as a potent parasite control and health tonic for their donkeys and other animals – a tradition still in existence today! Folk herbal healing methods that have lasted from over 5,000 years ago are considered of great value to modern scientists looking for evidence of efficacy and safety.
Garlic – Over 3,000 Scientific Studies
In fact, the reputation of garlic in the folklore of many cultures over the centuries has inspired thousands of scientific studies that have confirmed garlic's long time reputation as a health supplement.
SPRINGTIME'S EARLY INTEREST IN GARLIC CAME FROM A TOP RACING STABLE
Springtime's interest in garlic began in the early nineties on the recommendation of a Thoroughbred racehorse trainer and valued customer. Bill Worthington trained a small but powerful racing stable at Philadelphia Park. Bill was an innovative and independent thinker who experimented extensively with natural food products.
Once described in a racing publication as one of the top ten small stable trainers in the U.S., Worthington twice won the Most Win Training Title going against stables with as many as four times the number of horses. In a 1990 Fall meet, he won 40% of his starts and finished in the money 64% of the time. In Bill's opinion, garlic picked up horses' appetites, kept coughs away, reduced flies, and aided endurance.
Whenever Bill talked, we listened!
Please note: Bill Worthington is now deceased, but publicly endorsed Springtime products when living. As he was a valued friend and advisor, we use his name again with the greatest respect for a true master horseman.
Garlic Chemistry Varies: Raw Garlic Cloves Vs. Air-Dried Garlic Granules
Many natural veterinarians choose Bug Off Garlic for absolute safety and the greatest insect deterrent properties.
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Bug Off Garlic to the Rescue
Garlic Puts Flies Off Their Feed
Professional Review by Desirai Schild
My horses will be getting grain seasoned with garlic this fly season.
I had heard and read of how adding garlic to a horse's feed would discourage flies from biting them. Late last summer I saw it for myself.
A number of us went on a daylong trail ride through the mountains. As usual, I covered my horse with a long-acting fly spray. I also used a roll-on insect deterrent inside her ears and around her eyes. I had applied enough that I felt we rode trailing an insecticide cloud behind us.
It was a warm day, so the horses sweated a bit. We also crossed a couple of creeks that came up to the horses' bellies.
My mare was stomping her feet and swishing her tail when we tied up for lunch because the fly spray had washed off her legs. I applied more and touched up the roll-on in her ears and around her eyes. I always carry bug spray in my saddle bags.
The real test came at the end of the ride as we gathered in a circle on our horses to discuss our next ride. Four of the five horses were tail swishing and hoof stomping. Dillon, Jane's gelding, stood dozing quietly.
I asked what kind of bug spray she uses and was told she hadn't even purchased a bottle of spray that year. She had switched from insecticide to garlic because Dillon was especially allergic to all types of insects and broke out in welts at every bite. She needed something that worked 24/7.
Jane's herbal choice is Bug Off Garlic, available through Springtime, Inc. Phone: (800) 521-3212, website: www.springtimeinc.com. There are dozens of other brands available and they may be just as good. I'm going with this one because I've seen it in action.
There have been some rumblings that an excess of garlic can cause anemia in horses. My vets say it would take a lot and advise using garlic supplements as directed, to be safe.
I'd kind of expected a horse treated with garlic to smell like a pizza, but Dillon just smelled like a horse. The Springtime, Inc. catalog said parasitic insects have a sense of smell 10,000 time stronger than a human's. That may explain why Dillon attracted no flies, ticks, mosquitoes, or gnats.
Jane estimated the cost of the garlic supplement was about $50 per horse per season. She starts feeding it in May and continues through September. I probably spend that much in bug spray.
The other benefit is that garlic is a whole lot less potentially toxic than many of the insecticides. I'd certainly opt to use it for mares nursing foals.
As always, ask your vet before starting any additive program. Mine has already given the thumbs-up to Bug Off. Besides, I just love the name.
Reprinted courtesy of author.
Schild, Desirai. "Garlic Puts Flies Off Their Feed." Capital Press Agriculture Weekly. 2006. Web. 18 April 2006
Garlic - Officially Safe
All animal feed products in the United States are regulated by a national organization called the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Inc. (AAFCO). AAFCO, composed of each state's agricultural department officials, is responsible for monitoring safety issues regarding feeds and supplements. AAFCO prohibits substances that may harm and lists approved ingredients with a proven safety history. Such items are called GRAS (generally recognized as safe), and are listed in AAFCO's Official Publication. Garlic is one of the many natural foods and herbs which have earned the GRAS status by having a clean and clear history of use. AAFCO gathers information from many sources (for example, professional toxicologists from all over the United States) and they really know what they are talking about!
So there we have it. Garlic, the world's most popular health tonic, is backed by thousands of years of history and recognized by leading veterinary, regulatory, medical, and scientific organizations.
"...garlic supplements may be able to fight off the ticks and hopefully decrease the risk of Lyme disease.."
Tracey, MS, Elizabeth. "Why the Swedish Army Hopes Garlic and 'Lyme' Don't Mix."
WebMD Medical News Archive. 15 August 2000.
"...our results suggest that garlic may be considered as a tick deterrent for individuals and populations at high risk for tick bite, rather than other agents that might have more adverse effects."
Mercola, MD, Joseph. "Garlic Keeps the Ticks Away."
Mercola.com. 27 August 2000.
"...there were...fewer tick bites among those that took garlic..."
Brignall, ND, Matt. "Garlic Repels Ticks."
Healthnotes: Newswire. 24 August 2000.
A Natural Mosquito Repellent – Garlic for Mosquito Control Why Does Garlic Repel Mosquitoes?
"It's not clear why garlic should be an effective mosquito repellent. It would seem that the powerful compounds such as allicin which garlic releases are inimical to mosquitoes. They have therefore evolved to avoid garlic. Another possibility is that the strong smell of garlic overwhelms the mosquito's sense of smell and prevents them from finding the prey (us!)...Whatever the mechanism, garlic's ability to repel a variety of pests has been proven scientifically."
Mendham, Trevor. "A Natural Mosquito Repellent: Garlic for Mosquito Control."
Garlic Central. 2003-2005.
Springtime's Bug Off Garlic
is a special grade of garlic that has been low temperature dried (air-dried), and carefully stored and handled to retain the highest level of bug deterrent potency. It produces a garlic odor more powerful than any other variety we have found. Parasitic insects have a sense of smell that can be up to 10,000 times more sensitive than a human's. Garlic's unique, pungent odor acts as one of its several defenses against insects and other pests. Yet, the garlic odor itself is mostly noticeable to humans only at feeding time.
In recent years, there have been several crop spray products made from garlic that prove garlic's ability to deter insects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers these products so safe that a special "fast track" registration is allowed for them because of their low risk status.
Veterinarians versed in natural alternatives use garlic in their private practices throughout the world. While best known for its health protective properties, garlic has been used for centuries as an insect deterrent. Springtime's air-dried garlic takes that benefit to a new level and is far safer than many chemical products. You may use this product with total confidence. Year round, long-term use is absolutely safe and highly recommended!
Lynne & Cayne can enjoy a bug-free ride!
Cayne & Rebel protected from ticks.
"…not a tick on either of my horses."
I have used Bug Off Garlic for my horses for a couple years. I really think it makes a difference, but this year more so! My horse friends were all complaining about horrible, strange ticks on their horses. Those ticks were leaving big welts and scabs. I hurried out to check on mine, but not a tick on either of my two horses. I told all of them that I was still using the Bug Off Garlic, because our weather was staying warm.
Thanks to your product I had no tick problems!
Lynne Teets, West Virginia
Jessee with Babe, Lakota, and Sweet Pea.
L to R: Sugar, Noodle, Jitterbug, & Dingo love Springtime!
"Thank heavens for Bug Off Garlic!"
I've used your products for almost 20 years now. Long ago, I happened to come across a testimonial for Fresh Factors. It convinced me to at least try the product as skeptical as I was. Our beloved older dog, Crunch, was fading away, so I started giving her the Fresh Factors. I noticed, that after just two days, she was already returning to normal energy levels. Well, thanks to Fresh Factors, we had two more really good years with our Crunchie. Our dogs (Sugar, Noodle, Jitterbug, and Dingo) get Fresh Factors or Longevity and Bug Off Garlic Chewables every day to keep the fleas and ticks away.
Currently we live in south Texas, bug capital of the USA. Fighting off bugs of all kinds to protect our horses is a challenge. My 25 yr old horse, Lakota, developed an allergic reaction to bug bites. And, worse, he also started reacting to fly sprays and spot-on repellents. Thank heavens for Bug Off Garlic! Lakota's allergic reactions have been maintained. My horses have no problem [taking] Bug Off Garlic. Every day, I soak their senior feed along with beet pulp pellets and the Bug Off Garlic granules in water for 20 minutes and then [give] it. They clean their buckets. Thanks so much, Springtime!
Jessee Province, Texas
No More Abscesses or Horse Flies!
Your Bug Off Garlic is amazing. I have always fed the garlic to my young four year old female (her name is Kenya, she's my baby). Anyways, Hawk used to be tormented by the horse flies and he used to get bitten especially on his privates. He would stomp his two hind feet, put his head down almost to the ground like he was going to pass out. But now with the Bug Off Garlic, he is so much happier and grazing is much easier for him.
Sabata Dupuch, Virginia
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Alex and Jed, Chloe’s gleaming Percherons, are happily munching away, while Zoe, her Toy Fox Terrier, supervises.
Fly Free and Shining! "…natural products that work!"
I just received my latest order, and my, are the horses ever glad! I miscalculated and ran out of Bug Off Garlic, so the horses were getting bug eaten and agitated. It sure makes a difference!
I am continually impressed with your products and service. My twenty one year old Percheron gelding, Jed, looks great this spring, earning compliments on how much better he is looking with age. I refer everyone to Springtime. The horses are gleaming with no baths and no brushing, just Bug Off Garlic and some are on Spirulina Wafers, too. …I used Spirulina Wafers to boost one horse over a cough and runny nose, as well as prepare my Arabian mares (age 20 years and nine years) for breeding.
My Toy Fox Terrier, Zoe, goes everywhere with me, indoors and out, to the fields and beyond, so Bug Off Garlic is essential for her, too, and keeps the ticks and fleas at bay. We're using Fresh Factors for an older dog as well.
Thanks for offering natural products that work!
Chloe Molner, North Carolina
The morning after: a brushed out, glossy coated Doc!
Rock after a roll in the mud!
Mike and the boys in the show ring.
Glossy, Dappled, Show-Ring Ready Coats
I am writing to tell you how pleased I've been with your products. We have 6 horses and 4 dogs, and all of them are on Springtime supplements. Our horses are on Gamma, Bug Off Garlic, occasionally Bee Pollen and Spirulina Wafers, and I've recently started them on J-Flex Concentrate. We've seen significant improvement and dappling in their coats.
Doc, our 10 year old Percheron gelding, has a coat that is so glossy and dappled. He looks wonderful in his natural coat, even without spray on shine products. He really doesn't need anything but a bath to show his vibrant coat. Doc's coat looks wonderful on Gamma.
Recently, the night before a draft horse show, I spent forever washing him and Rock, our other 18 year old Draft horse. That's a lot of acreage per horse, at 18'2 and over 2,000 pounds. Of course, the next morning, Doc and Rock looked like they had rolled in dirt and a manure pile. We didn't have enough time to do more than squirt the worst of it off with a hose. But their underlying coats were so vibrant that just a thorough grooming made them show ring ready. My husband Mike was really impressed with the quality of their coats this year on your products.
Fly control is crucial for Doc, because he came to us with a docked tail. He has no fly swatter in summer! We know the Bug Off Garlic works, because when we ran out all the horses had flies, whereas before there would only be one or two that would alight and then immediately fly off.
Karen Stueve, California
Cody & Anne.
Image by Julie Bown.
Chelsey working on her tricks for Halloween!
"No worry about swatting big horse flies …"
For the last several years, I have been using Bug Off Garlic on my horses, and it works unbelievably well. I have owned horses all my life, and started riding when I was approximately two years old. Since then, I have taken part in many equine activities… fox hunting, jumping, pleasure riding, and competing in many different horse shows. Please keep in mind that I am a mature senior at age 71, so, as they say, I've been around the track a time or two. During those earlier years with my horses, just about the only fly protection we had was the fly spray. Of course, that usually didn't last very long, and had to be repeated several times a day. Since using Bug Off Garlic, the fly population on my horses is almost nil. No worry about swatting big horse flies, or having to carry a leafy branch to ward off pesky flies when trail riding.
I'm glad to say that our horses and donkeys are [taking] Bug Off Garlic knowing that they will not be bothered so much by the flies this summer. Here is a photo of me with my Quarter Horse gelding, Cody. Please give credit to my wonderful friend and neighbor, Julie Brown, for taking the photo.
By the way, we started our dogs on Fresh Factors about three months ago. They are doing great. We have four Labs (the oldest will be 15 in July) and Chelsey, the 'rat' dog in the other picture I sent. She is a Rat Terrier mix and came from Randolph Animal Shelter, rescued from a bad hoarding situation. Chelsey was trained in the New Leash on Life program at the minimum security prison here in our county. She goes weekly to the hospital as well as other places. The picture of Chelsey was taken at the hospital around Halloween. Thought you would enjoy seeing her ... she does lots of tricks; perhaps her best known one is to pray.
Keep up the great work!
Anne P. Evans, North Carolina
Duckback Labradors (Duckbacklabs.com)
Roanie and Gloria.
"It works great, it is like a miracle..."
Two years ago when we purchased my mare, Roanie, she was miserable with huge sores on her belly, and the hair on the top of her tail was gone from the horrible itching. Roanie has a bad allergic reaction to the no-see-ums. We tried several things that did not work that year and then I tried the Bug Off Garlic at the end of the season.
I kept her on a smaller amount throughout the winter and increased in the spring. Last summer Roanie had no problem whatsoever with the flies, gnats or no-see-ums. No more sores and itching! I didn't even need a fly sheet. Roanie and I are so thankful for Bug Off Garlic! It works great! I am giving it to my other horse, Rainy, now also. They both eat it with no issues.
Also, my farrier has mentioned several times that her hooves are so much better now. I usually put front shoes on Roanie from about April through October when I am riding her a lot. However, my farrier didn't think she would need them this year since her hooves have improved so much. In the past, before the Bug Off Garlic, she even needed pads because her feet were so sore.
Thank you and keep producing those great products!
Gloria Bonacci, Washington
Tux looking (and feeling!) good.
"We thought it was colic, but really the flies and bugs were just bothering him…"
My pony, Tux, uses Bug Off Garlic, and loves it! It has made such a difference in our lives.
Tux used to kick at his belly all the time. Last year, it got so bad that we thought it was colic, but really the flies and bugs were just bothering him. Now that he has been having his Garlic he hasn't kicked at his belly once ever since!
Thanks so much.
-Nicole Josey, NC
Radar and Friday, Fly-Free & Shiny!
"…none of my horses have any flies bothering their eyes!"
I just wanted to say that I am thrilled with the Bug Off Garlic for horses. I started my horses on it and was not even up to the full dose and noticed a dramatic difference in the amount of flies that were on and around my horses. And none of my horses have any flies bothering their eyes! I so love to treat things in a natural way, and Bug Off Garlic is so safe and easy to use. It treats the whole animal, not just the areas you sprayed with fly spray!
To explain why I am so excited that my horses are doing so well, I have to tell you that we just moved to Florida from Colorado. The horses arrived in Florida in January and started to drop weight right away. I had to relearn how to feed them in this climate. Everyone I talked to said to get ready for itchy, miserable horses and that they would end up with rain rot, hoof rot, etc. I was terrified that bringing them here would not be a good idea.
However, I did my research and in addition to the new feed plan, added in the Bug Off Garlic. And within two weeks I could really notice a difference in the flies on the horses. I have since been telling everyone that has horses to use this. Bug Off Garlic will save them a ton on fly spray! It is safe and has other health benefits as well.
Here is a great shot of two of my boys, Radar and Friday, out on the pasture. I had not groomed them in a while and yet they are super slick. One of my neighbors even asked me if I was using hair polish on them. Nope, I told him it was the Bug Off Garlic and good forage. Also, I had another man just stop by the house (we are new here) and tell me how good my horses looked and asked if I had any for sale!
I keep my family and pets as natural as possible and this product has far surpassed my expectations – thanks again!
Alicia Morris, Florida
Sandy with her Paint, Frankie Blue, who is grazing happily with no fly mask!
Sandy & 13 yr old Ebony, now able to walk again with help from Springtime products!
"…NO bugs biting…"
I wanted to thank you for your wonderful products. I use several, but I have to tell you my horses and dogs have NO bugs biting them and it is the first summer I haven't had to use fly masks. Bug Off Garlic is the best product that delivers. My farrier has commented on seeing no bugs and my vet also. I gave them your website. Three of my horse friends are ordering from you now.
I use Spirulina Wafers as well as other supplements on my horses and dogs also (Joint Health Formula, Longevity, Fresh Factors, etc.). My mare with laminitis acts like a young horse again with her Springtime supplements. I am a customer for life. Please keep up with the great wholesome products!
Sandy Bedard, New Hampshire