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post #1 of 19
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I know, strange subject line huh? But it has been a strange and briefly scary afternoon over here. I went out earlier this month and purchased my horse stuff. Fly spray, mosquito repellent (our creek is drying up and we are getting slammed with mosquitos, the horses are getting nailed! (Yes they have their west nile shots) Ok, so I bought some stuff I have never used before, and I sprayed my guys down. Race was fine with it, but Trav had a bad reaction. He automatically started to get flushed, in a matter of a minute he was dripping sweat! He broke away from me and charged down the field, slid to a stop and started rolling over repeatedly many times. Then he ran up to the wooden fence and ran the length of it scratching his body all over the fence. I knew then there was a major problem. I had to chase him, he was in a frenzy and unlike him, hard to catch. I finally got him, and it was a battle to get him up to the house, where I ran in grabbed the Dawn, raced back outside, sprayed him off with hot water (thank God Mike ran a hot water spigot outside). And I just scrubbed him up and down and sideways. All the time he was being bathed, he was trying to roll, rub his body do whatever he could to get relief. Finally after the second bath, he got noticeably calmer and let me work on him better. I then took him out to the back pasture, lunged him for few minutes (he has a trot to die for!) But I wanted to see if he was okay- He is eating now, and my heart is out of my throat!

You can bet that come Monday I will call this company and find out if this is a normal reaction, because there were no warnings to cover anything like what happened to him on their label. I did call my vet, he said it was fast thinking on my part to grab the Dawn as it will cut through anything-
post #2 of 19
Oh, too scary! What is the fly spray called? I'll be sure to NEVER use it! I'm glad you were able to get it cleaned off him without him or you getting hurt!
post #3 of 19
Wow. That sounded incredibly stressful. You are so skilled with them, MA.
post #4 of 19
wow...good job, how scary for you both!
post #5 of 19
How scary, MA! Poor Trav, I'm so thankful he's ok now! It sure is a good thing you knew exactly what to do!
post #6 of 19
Oh MA how scary! Thank goodness for the DDL!
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by sashacat421
Wow. That sounded incredibly stressful. You are so skilled with them, MA.
post #8 of 19
Poor Trav. Thank goodness you knew what to do! I hope he's doing better now.
post #9 of 19
Dawn dishsoap should be in any animal medical kit. My sister-in-law's cat came home covered in machine oil one time (someone dropped him in a barrel of it). Dawn got it out with 2 shampoos.

Glad to hear that Trav survived his ordeal!
post #10 of 19
I would never have thought to wash one of my animals with Dawn. What quick thinking. I will have to keep that in mind as we have many different animals indoors and outdoors in my family. Glad to hear things turned out okay.
post #11 of 19
How frightening! I'm so sorry you had to go through that. Good job handling that, I wouldn't have known what to do.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by Ilovecats
How frightening! I'm so sorry you had to go through that. Good job handling that, I wouldn't have known what to do.
MA, I guess it never DAWNED on you that you would have an adventure with Trav like that! Couldn't resist. Glad everything turned out okay. Hey call the Dawn folks, I see a new ad in the works..."The following story you are about to hear is true..."
post #13 of 19
I've used the stuff for oil removal ever since I read an article describing how rescuers used it to bathe sea & shore birds that had gotten into oil slicks. Great stuff for cutting any greasy or oily product.

That was scary though! Fortunately we never had any kind of reaction to any fly spray or wipe with our horses. Of course this was years ago and they didn't have quite such exotic ingredients either. I don't even want to think about trying to bathe a horse that's actively trying to roll.
post #14 of 19
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Oh it was no fun at all. I was plenty scared but just tried to stay calm and keep him from hurting himself. It helps that we have an innertube stretched across our biggest tree that I tie the horses to, so there was give and take on the rope.

I volunteered long ago at the Seward Recovery Center just after the Exxon Valdez and we used Dawn on the sea otters and seals and birds etc..
post #15 of 19
Well at least your horse, (and you!) are okay now. I've never been kicked or bitten on purpose, but have been accidentally (How can you get accidentally bitten you ask? Well, I'll tell ya, Bella had decided it was time for her colt to think about being weaned, I was facing to the rear brushing her off before riding when he decided he was going to slip in for a light snack. She aimed for him and got me on the, er . I think we were both surprised. After that I started tying her a bit shorter LOL.)

I hope you get more than a canned response from the manufacturer. That's always frustrating when you go into wicked detail about a problem or issue and get a response that makes you wonder if they even read your e-mail!
post #16 of 19
Can't get Dawn here - next time I am in the USA I will stock up!
post #17 of 19
Close call. Thank God for your quick thinking MA. Glad Trav is OK now!!!
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by hissy

I volunteered long ago at the Seward Recovery Center just after the Exxon Valdez and we used Dawn on the sea otters and seals and birds etc..
I did not know of this. I clearly remember the very day the news came about the Valdez.....it was sunny and bright down here, and I was a mere clerk in an office who couldn't punch out and go help. That tragedy lives for a long time in these parts. The anger towards Exxon and the cavalier attitude of corporate environmental responsibility. UGH. We heard about the hundreds and thousands of volunteer hours spent with saving what wildlife was left. Seattle has one of the largest fishing communities in the world and the disgust that echoes to this day among the local fisherman here towards the event and how so many honest and decent fisherman not only lost their own livelihoods but watched so helplessly as the land that they loved and deeply respected went down in oil, was devastating. Fisherman love wildlife too - I was married to one. I never knew in person somebody who had gone up there...you should've told me sooner!
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
Hey call the Dawn folks, I see a new ad in the works..."The following story you are about to hear is true..."
Maybe Trav will become a TV star.
That was quick thinking on your part, M.A..
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