Bruce Gaither is a horseman who wanted a solution to keeping flies out of the eyes of his horses so he invented No Fly Cone. It’s a cone-shaped flytrap that traps flies inside the cone using horse (or dog) poop as the attractant. He convinces his famous funny friend Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) to help him pitch the product on Shark Tank. Although Gaither’s product does solve a serious problem and doesn’t use toxic chemicals or pesticides, still he doesn’t get a deal. How did the show affect Gaither’s relationship with MacFarlane? Two years later, Gaither was hired as a personal riding consultant for MacFarlane’s 2014 film A Million Ways to Die in the West.
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P.S. Gaither continues to sell No Fly Cones for $39.75 (for 5) and $79.50 9for 10). There’s a $15 flat shipping rate on the No Fly Cone website but on Amazon, the No Fly Cone packs are eligible for free shipping. Another alternative to saving a horse’s eyes is an eye mask.