Summer and horses
While the summer is an exciting prospect for us, the warm sunny weather can cause havoc for our horses as it also brings flies and other biting insects. These can make life a misery for your horse. There are some simple things that you can do to help prevent flies.
In the stable yard the two most suitable areas where flies will breed are the dung heap and any stagnant water. Paying attention to these areas can help decrease the amount of flies. If possible cover the dung heap with black plastic, and only pull back when depositing more to the heap. Keeping it covered means that the muckheap ferments away under the cover and the increase in temperature will destroy fly eggs or any developing fly larvae. Try to avoid water being left in buckets or if there are any areas where water does not drain away these should be dealt with accordingly.
Using a fly rug or a mask can be an excellent deterrent to keep the flies from gaining access to their preferred feeding site on your horse.
There are various remedies available on the market to help repel flies. These can come in the form of sprays, crams, wipes and gels. A lot of them are based on natural ingredients, however some of the more powerful ones are synthetic substances. These tend to last longer and do not need to be reapplied so frequently.
The natural remedies include lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus and it has been recommended that adding garlic to the horses diet can be advantageous.
These products along with sensible management can help to reduce the threat of flies to your horse and allow them to have a good summer.