The best fly spray for your horse will keep the flies away to keep your horse more comfortable.
Why use a fly spray?
Flies are a nuisance to horses. Not only can they make your horse uncomfortable, certain insects bit and cause large lumps and allergic reactions. These bites can be very uncomfortable and itchy leading to excessive scratching. Horses can scratch causing breaks to the skin requiring a topical lotion to relieve the discomfort.. So you may be asking, what is the best way to protect my horse? We have highlighted our top selling fly sprays which we have reviewed. In most cases you will need to try a few different chemicals to see what works best for your horse. The area your horse is kept plays a key role in the effectiveness of fly repellents as with so many different flies and insects, certain chemicals will work better in certain areas.
Best Fly Spray
Here are our top picks for the best fly spray for your horse this summer.
Containing over 19% DEET, a chemical which is renowned for use to prevent biting insects. The NAF Off range of repellents have been a best seller of ours with good reason. We have tested the DEET range and found it to be effective against flies, biting insects and midges.
One advantage of this range is the option to buy a fly repellent gel for those who do not like a spray. Alternatively spray the DEET on to a cloth and wipe over the horse.
A new generation in fly protection. Containing natural ingredients and active substances with modern long duration technology for a defensive weapon, Lasting upto 7 hours . Approved under the Control of Pesticide Regulation 1989 HSE 8030.
On review of this fly spray, our tester said ‘I was eager to try this fly spray as have heard great things. I was not disappointed, application was easy with a quiet spray bottle. The repellent does have a fairly strong chemical smell however this quickly goes when the spray dries on the coat. The reduction in the amount of flies was remarkable even after 6 hours. A great fly spray and one I will continue to use.’
Flygard Extra Strength Insect Repellent is a proven, effective alternative to a natural-based repellent. This powerful formula gives maximum protection from midges and biting insects. Contains the proven, researched active ingredient DEET, at an optimum level of 20% for powerful, long-lasting protection.
‘A fly spray that actually works! I felt this provided a great value fly spray and I wasn’t as worried about applying it all over due to it’s pleasant smell and great price given you can buy a 1 litre bottle. The bottle is easy to use and my horse was so much happier with hardly any flies around him. I used this with the Weatherbeeta Airflow Fly Rug for a protected and happy horse.’
Citronella has been used for many years as a way of keeping flies and biting insects away. Flies tend to stay clear from the scent of citronella. Also a great conditioner for your horses coat, they will smell nice with a beautiful shiny coat. Out of all the fly sprays we tested we felt this one needed re-applying more frequently however once applied it was effective in reducing the amount of flies.
Take a look at our buyers guide to fly rugs to view the range of rugs on offer. Fly rugs not only protect from flies and biting insects, they also offer UV protection which is especially important for pink skinned horses that can get burnt. Also available are supplements which can help to repel flies from the odour given off by your horse. Many people feed garlic in their horses daily feed. We also sell a range of body washes containing citronella which can be a great way to freshen up your horse on a hot day. Fly masks can play a vital role in protecting your horses delicate eye are. Shop the range here.