Here comes summer, and with it the familiar cry of ‘Which fly spray do I use?’ Read our brief guide to know what is what when choosing fly repellents.
Did you know? All fly repellents come under legal regulations. They must be registered and display a HSE number. This registration ensures you are using active ingredients proven to be both safe and effective, therefore look for the HSE number on repellents to ensure the product you choose is legal.
The same applies to a number of other traditional essential oils, which sometimes leads to riders experimenting with homemade repellents, however this is something we strongly advise against. Essential oils, in particular, can be very aggressive, causing severe reactions on some horses, dependent on both concentration rates and how they have been combined. Therefore, whether looking for a fly repellent, or an essential oil product for general care, it is best to trust the professionals and buy a commercial solution. However, we still advise a small 24hr patch test is carried out before general application of any new product, simply due to the unpredictable nature of allergies.
When you are next asked the question, “Have you got the fly spray?” whether you are going to a competition or simply riding at home, take into account what is in your fly spray and follow the advice on the packaging.