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  • November 02, 2022 2 min read

    Summer is a glorious season; warm nights and more daylight hours equal more riding! But, one thing summer brings that isn't so fantastic - flies! Yes, flies are a necessity for our planet, but they are pesky, and they bite, and for some of our horses, they can cause substantial allergic reactions. Fortunately, there are many ways in which we can reduce the number of flies that cause great grief for our four-legged friends!C

    1. Clean up the property

    The first step in the fight against flies is to make sure that you limit their breeding areas. Cleaning up manure, at least daily, from horse stables and paddocks is a must, as these are fly magnets! If you have a large amount of manure that can't be composted, consider having it removed commercially or advertise it in your community notices. It is also a good idea to keep your stable areas clean of any rubbish and seal all garbage appropriately. 

    Around the property, look for any stagnant water sites and consider filling those in if appropriate to do so (not only do flies like these areas but so do mosquitoes!).

    2. Trap those flies

    Fly traps are available at many home improvement stores and stock feeders! Traps can be used around the stables to limit the number of flies that enter the stables. Setting traps outside is a good idea to ensure flies are not lured inside your stable area! They won't eliminate flies, but they will help to reduce numbers. Just make sure to keep traps away from animals!

    3. Fly spray that works

    If the horse is being ridden or being seen by the farrier or get, it is a good idea to use a fly spray to keep them comfortable. Fly spray can be used out in the paddock too, but keep in mind that it doesn't last for too long. Some people may make their own fly spray, others may use natural alternatives, and some may opt for commercially prepared solutions. Whichever fly spray you choose, just make sure it works for you and your horse. We stock a range of fly sprays in store, such as Natures Botanicals and Natureworx, for a more natural solution to Virbac Flyaway, Dermcare Permoxin and Ultrashield Repellent.

    4. Cover Up

    Your horse will have a limited ability to get rid of flies when out in the paddock, and as mentioned above, fly spray only works for a limited time. If your horse is particularly bothered by flies, it is a good idea to choose a rug, fly mask and fly boots to protect your horse. Fly masks are particularly important because they keep the flies out of the eyes, as well as offering UV protection, which is essential for maintaining healthy eyes. We stock a great range of fly masks and rugs to suit any budget, so make sure to stop by! 

    It may be impossible to eliminate flies, but we do have some tools up our sleeves to keep them at bay. If you need any assistance in choosing fly spray or a covering for your horse, please reach out, and we would be happy to help! 

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