Keeping Flies off your Horse

Here are three easy ways to keep flies off your horse.

  1. Horses tend to move around the hay and straw in their stall. On the hay and straw are pieces of sweet grain which tends to be a food source for flies and bugs. Every once in a while, I would take the horse out and just rinse him/her off to get the pieces of sweet grain, which are usually microscopic. Don't do this too many times, about twice a week because washing too many times could be unhealthy for your horse's skin.

  2. After you ride your horse, they are usually sweating a lot. Flies tend to like the saltiness in sweat. After you ride your horse, you should usually wash or even just rinse your horse off. A good way to get sweat off is a sweat scraper ($20-$40). It brushes sweat off your horse while your washing him/her off. It will not only cool your horse off, but keep flies and other bugs off as well.

  3. The last decent way to keep flies off your horse is to get a good brand of fly spray ($15-$50) actually made to keep flies of of your horse. You can go online to get a good brand of fly spray or go to your local horse and stables store.

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February 18, 20160 found this helpful

My horses go inside in the morning, into a dark barn. Few bugs go in where it's dark. They are fed hay inside and won't emerge until almost dark. The bugs aren't so bad then. I carefully wipe petroleum jelly near the corner of their eyes and also up between the hind legs.


It will be full of scabs from bites. Bugs don't like the greasy pet. jelly and it won't harm the horses, rather soothing.

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