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June 13, 2016

Shoo Fly

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

The long hot days of summer bring flies and other biting insects to the barn.  These pests have a mission to BUG you and your horse!

Not only just a general nuisance, but insects can also transmit illnesses and create serious skin irritations.  Below are some holistic and non-chemical ways you can take action against these pesky pests.

In The Tackroom:

  • Use small sachets of crushed mint, bay leaves, cloves, eucalyptus or a combination thereof to discourage flies.
  • Place a small open container of sweet basil and clover near food or grain if insects and flies are attracted to open feed bags

In The Barn:

  • Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on strips of absorbent cloth and hang in the barn

Added to Your Horse’s Supplementation:

  • Add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to your horse’s supplement once a day.  This raises the acid level just enough to bother flies but it is completely healthy for your horse.
  • Organic Garlic is commonly used in a holistic animal husbandry program to help repel flies and insects.  Use as a top dress to your supplement feeding.

Natural Fly Spray:


18 oz white vinegar
2 Tbsp dish washing soap.
Mix in a 20 oz spray bottle and shake gently until well blended. You may add water to dilute.  Spray liberally on your horse


2 cups white vinegar
1 cup Avon Skin So Soft (Bath oil)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon eucalyptus oil

**Don’t use these fly sprays at a show as the oil tends to collect dust

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