Insects can be a horse owner's nightmare! There are many ways to reduce the effect of these pests can have on your horse. What are the best methods to reduce flies, mosquitos, etc, in your horse's environment?
Manure control is one of the most important ways to control insects around your horse. Keep your stalls and paddocks clean of manure and urine. Keep manure piles as far from your horses as possible, and have it hauled away regularly if you have someone willing to take the free fertilizer.
Did you know many types of insects, like flies, avoid shaded or dark areas? Provide shady areas like trees, a three sided shelter, or a barn to give your horse refuge from the bugs.
Fly spray can be a great way to reduce some insects from landing on or biting your horse. There are many types of fly sprays, from oil based or water based, sprays with insecticides or all natural sprays that use essential oils or plant products. Some people even use homemade fly spray. Whatever spray you use, avoid the face and always test new fly sprays to ensure your horse is not allergic to the contents.
Fly gear such as fly boots, masks, or fly sheets can be a great addition to using fly spray, or even used instead of spray. Be sure to find gear that fits your horse properly and check your horse regularly to ensure they do not get rubs or overheat under their fly boots, mask, or sheet.
I hope these tips will help keep your horse happily unbothered by insects this summer. Flies and mosquitos can be a real pain, but you can do many things to help minimize their effects.
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