Eco-Friendly Fly Re­pel­lent

Trail Rider - - SEASONAL GUIDE -

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.

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