Eco-Friendly Fly Repellent
This spring, consider using eco-friendly fly repellent on your horse’s haircoat. The active ingredients in most eco-friendly topicals are fly-repelling essential oils or botanicals. How to use them: Apply fly sprays and wipes to your horse’s body and legs. Roll-ons and wipes are great for areas where application can be tricky, such as around his ears and eyes, on his face, and even inside his ears. Follow the instructions on the label. Insider tip: Because green topicals are made of all-natural ingredients, their repellent properties tend to not last as long as chemical-based products, reapply them often for maximum protection. Sample products: Absorbine UltraShield Green Fly Repellent (www.absorbine.com); Bugband sprays and towelettes (www. bugband.net); Farnam Equisect Fly Repellent and Nature’s Defense (www.farnam.com); SmartPak Equine’s OutSmart Fly Spray (www.smartpakequine.com); Sore No-More Classic Ricochet Horse Spray from Arenus (arenus.com). — Jenny Sullivan, a seasoned equine journalist, Certified Veterinary Technician, Quarter Horse owner, and trail rider based in Lakewood, Colorado.