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Natural Fly Repellants

Tip Sent By: "laurat"
For horses that are sensitive to fly sprays or don't like the smell, try garlic gel capsules. I used them for whole summer last year and the small flies stayed away. Give them 2 capsules a day, preferably during feeding time. You can put them in the feed, break them open and pour on the feed, or give them as a treat.

Tip By: "arabgrly"
Instead of rubbing or spraying all those chemicals on your horses to keep the bugs away, try using Avon Skin-So-Soft. Before using Skin-So-Soft on your horse, mix it 1 part Skin-So-Soft and 2 parts water. Shake the mixture well before each use, and rub or spray on your horse's body. The bugs stayed away from my horses and it is good for their hair. Also, Skin-So-Soft doesn't have any harsh chemicals.

Tip By: Katie Wilson
For a natural fly repellent, pour 1/2 cup of apple cider on your horse's hay each day for several days and a white residue will show in the sweat of your horse. This makes a natural fly repellent. Of course, if he doesn't sweat, it doesn't work as well.

Tip By: Alicia Bosworth
To save costs on your favorite fly spray, mix the fly spray with apple cider vinegar - 1/2 fly spray and 1/2 apple cider vinegar. This works well with keeping the flies away.

Tip By: "laurat"
If you have a horse that likes to rub his mane or tail out, try this: Mix Listerene mouth wash and Show Sheen in a spray bottle and spray the entire mane and tail. This stops itching and promotes growth of new, healthy hair. I've used on my horses for years and they don't rub anymore, they have beautiful manes and tails. This will stimulate the hair to grow back in the same color. It is also great as a body wash for horses in the summer time, less dirt will attract to your horse and it will feel very refreshing. Mix the ingredients as listed below, shake well and spray on the mane and tail.

3parts Listerene
2parts Show Sheen
1part water.

Tip By: "ponygroomer"
For a refreshing bath, mix the following in a 2 gallon (or larger) bucket: 3 parts Listerene, 2 parts Show Sheen, and 1 gallon of water. Sponge this on your horse and rub well into the hair and skin. Don't wash off, this promotes a healthy, shiny, dust-repelling coat.

Tip By: Vanessa Feurstenburg
This tip will definitely help you if your horse has a short tail and can't swat at the flies very well. Braid yarn into small sections of the horse's tail, leave most of his tail loose. About a foot of yarn or fabric should extend off the end of the tail. This will give your horse a longer tail to swat flies with, however, don't make the ends too long where your horse can step on them (or he could painfully rip his tail hairs out).

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