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Leg Up® Bug Defense Pellets

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Which horses benefit from insect defense supplements?

Nothing can ruin a day at the barn faster than bothersome bugs. Luckily for you and your horse, supplements in this category provide additional defense against these pesky pests. They help discourage flies from bothering and biting your horse, making riding and turnout time fun for both of you.

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Leg Up® Bug Defense Pellets is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 42.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great for most I have used this for the last couple of summers on all of my horses. This does work better for some than others. This product 100% works fantastic for my mini donkey. The flies do not bite his legs and towards the end of summer, he didn't really need fly boots on anymore. My only complaint and disappointment is that Smartpak has decided to discontinue this supplement. HUGE MISTAKE! The replacement they have suggested costs twice as much.
Date published: 2022-03-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from hard on stomach would not recommend, upset my horses stomach and didn’t help with flies that much unfortunately.
Date published: 2021-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is fantastic and you use such a small amount This is fantastic and you use such a small amount! I used to use bug check, and that stopped working after year. So I decided to try something new and I’m doing this and simplify together. You were such a tiny amount of this if you have a picky eater or a horse it does not eat a lot this is fantastic. As well, I have flies it’s amazing
Date published: 2021-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Working effectively! My mare has been on this for about a month now. She refused to eat other fly control supplements but hasn't refused to eat this once. She's on a property with two other horses and they don't go after her nearly as bad as the other two.
Date published: 2021-06-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't help at all Have used for 6 weeks and haven't seen any improvement with keeping flies away.
Date published: 2021-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I wasn't sure I was't sure if this was actually helping. We use fly spray too, but in our humid climate I don't feel like it lasts very long. I went to watch my boy out in his paddock, he is with 2 others that don't get this supplement, the gnats and flies were visibly more numerous on the others. It does take a couple weeks to be effective, and it isn't 100%, but there is a definitive difference.
Date published: 2021-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Noticeable Difference My mare is extremely sensitive to bugs, so I started her on this supplement back in March to get it on her system well before the biting insects started to show up in my area. The poor thing is still getting eaten alive outside.
Date published: 2021-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Helped save their ears I wanted to try a feed through supplement to repel flies but I didn't have a large budget as I have three horses. Year round, all three mares live outside together in a medium sized paddock with access to walk-in stalls, which I clean both paddock & stalls at least twice a day. One of my three is very sensitive to bug bites and bug repellent. I had hoped a feed through might give her some relief. I like how affordable the Leg*Up supplements are. I decided to try the Leg*Up Bug Defense Pellets. According to the Q &A section, it was recommended to start them on it 4-6 weeks prior to dealing with bugs. I was a little late getting them started on it as it was already May here in the Northeast and bugs were out but I was curious to see if it would still make a difference. I like that this supplement is a pellet. I feed only a handful of a topline balance feed in the evening, which is when I also feed them their supplements. Having a pelleted supplement is much more convenient than a powdered one that requires more dressing to get them to eat. They were initially a little put off by it, but I added a handful of alfalfa pellets to encourage them to eat it. After a few days, they cared less about the supplement and chose to eat everything. After going a full summer with this supplement, I am happy to say it helped. Those annoying little gnats that like to chew on the inside of their ears were overall non-existent. With a little maintenance bug spraying, I could keep most of the irritating bugs from landing on them while the supplement kept them from getting chewed up. Not a single bloody inner ear mess this summer and I was able to skip putting on their bug faces (that they like to maneuver out of) for most of the summer. I don't think that it helped with some of the bigger more insistent bug biters like horse flies and deer flies. Those still required a good bug spray to keep them off my girls. I feel that Leg*Up Bug Defense is a good starting point addition in ones battle of the bugs. You may still see the bugs flying around your horses but you will also see that they aren't landing & biting them as much or at all. As winter sets in here in the Northeast, I am removing this supplement from my SmartPaks but I will be picking it up again in the spring a little sooner than I did this year.
Date published: 2020-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It works I tried this for two months during the last few summer months. I definitely noticed a difference when I stopped using it during the transition from summer to fall. I also noticed my guy had a lot less flies and gnats on him compared to the other horses. Of course nothing works 100% but this worked 80%, which is still better than nothing.
Date published: 2020-09-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horses won't eat them Both of my horses will not touch this at all. They turned up their noses and refused to eat this.
Date published: 2020-09-17
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