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Fly Spray & Sweet Itch Spray for Horses
Flies are pests we could do without! As horse owners... Read More
Fly Spray & Sweet Itch Spray for Horses
Flies are pests we could do without! As horse owners and riders, our Discount Equestrian team understands the struggle and stress caused by flies during summer months. That is the reason we stock only the best quality products in our excellent Fly Sprays & Sweet Itch range – we can’t let flies ruin otherwise fabulous summer rides, all-important turnout, and our horses’ midday snooze.
Fly sprays are a ‘must have’ for every grooming box and tack room. However, fly repellents are available in a variety of presentations with differing application methods, which ensures there’s something for every horse in our amazing Fly Sprays & Sweet Itch collection.
At Discount Equestrian, we offer a fabulous range of effective, market-leading fly sprays, gels, creams, and roll-on sticks containing ingredients that have been scientifically proven to repel flies and enhance your horse’s comfort.
Although it is important to repel flies to keep our horses comfortable, the irritation caused by flies can have a severely negative impact, especially for horses who suffer from sweet itch. For instance, horses who engage in intense scratching and rubbing because of irritation from flies can experience an array of issues such as broken skin, hair loss, bruising, and cuts – any damage to skin can open the gateway to infection, as well as cause discomfort. And by repelling flies, you’re preventing the spread of infection by limiting your horse’s exposure to fly-borne diseases.
Finer breeds such as Thoroughbreds with smooth coats and thinner skin as well as foals and youngstock are particularly susceptible to irritation from flies due the sensitivity of their skin, they can be prone to swelling around fly bites and as such it is important to choose an effective fly repellent to maintain their well being. If you compete, whether pony club, local showing or affiliated, it is a great idea to have at least two bottles of fly spray – one in your trailer and one around the yard so you are never caught without. For the best fly sprays around, view our range at Discount Equestrian today.
From experience, our Discount Equestrian team advise you to apply fly spray, fly gel, fly cream, or fly repelling roll-on stick a minimum of twice a day in summer months – though research suggests flies are most active at dawn and dusk, in our experience, flies can be a nuisance at any time of day. We also recommend focusing on the vulnerable areas of your horse’s skin, such as the area around their eyes, around their ears, their abdomen, and their tail. Remember to take a look through our Shampoos and Bathing category where you will find an excellent selection of Insecticidal shampoo's and also the Veterinary category where you will find creams and lotions to help with many skin related issues as well as Sweet Itch.
** PLEASE NOTE: we recommend that you always use caution when applying any product near your horse’s eyes, ears, nose, and/or mouth – if a product comes into contact with any sensitive areas, please contact your vet immediately! **
Discover some of the bestselling products in our incredible Fly Sprays & Sweet Itch range:
Absorbine® UltraShield – “This tried and trusted formula is available in the UK as an equestrian premises spray to protect your horse's environment from irritating and biting insects. Contains permethrin and pyrethrin for instant knock down and a long-lasting, protective shield. Offers all-round protection in equestrian premises, stables and barns, and dog sleeping quarters. Please note: this product is NOT SUITABLE for direct use on horses, dogs, pets, and livestock.”
Leovet® Power Phaser Fly Spray – “The ultimate protection, Leovet Power Phaser is the perfect deterrent against all biting and non-biting flies, including horseflies and ticks. With 100% keep-away power, long-lasting application of the active ingredients promises maximum coverage, even when your horse sweats. For up to seven hours of protection, simply apply evenly over your horse’s body, starting with his neck and working your way around his body, avoiding contact with his head and sensitive areas.”
Lincoln® Fly Stuff – “Soothing, non-staining version of Summer Fly Cream. Developed following requests received from caring horse owners who have successfully used our well-established Summer Fly Cream (yellow cream). Summer Fly Cream has been used for decades by farmers to treat and prevent fly strike on their livestock. Contains a combination of powerful antibacterial agents to optimise healing, together with DEET to prevent further fly worry.”
Carr & Day & Martin® Insect Repellent Gel – “Citronella free, long-lasting gel that repels all midges, flying insects, and biting insects naturally and effectively. Has a water-resistant clear formula that dries quickly and does not leave a residue. Apply thinly to the coat by hand, with a cloth or a sponge, taking care around the eyes and mouth. If using for the first time, test on a small area of skin 24 hours before general use. For maximum protection, apply twice a day. Contains magosa extract (also known as neem) which is a natural insecticide and repellent, as well as having anti-fungal properties.”
Thomas Pettifer® Sw'itch – “A soothing emulsion containing hydroxynbenzoate for horses suffering the effects of insect bites. Sw’itch contains tea tree and rosemary oils to soothe existing bites, and neem oil to help prevent new ones. This proven formulation is ideal for horses or ponies prone to sweet itch, or for general use as an insect deterrent. Apply daily with a cloth, concentrating on areas like their mane and tail.”
Fly Away® Fly & Insect Repellent Roll-On – “Contains a powerful and effective, natural, herbal formula suitable for horses sensitive to citronella. Suitable for all exposed areas of coat, repelling all flying and biting insects, and improving coat condition and shine. Invisible upon application and does not stain. HSE approved as safe and effective. Contains no listed FEI banned substances. Safe for you, your horse, and the environment.”
IV Horse® The Fly App Fly Repellent Wipes – “Tested on the nastiest of Scottish midges for maximum effectiveness, this HSE licensed Fly Repellent offers highly effective protection against all flies and biting insects. Carefully created to give long-lasting protection, with lemon eucalyptus.”
Dermoline® Sweet Itch Lotion – “Proven as an effective aid in the prevention of sweet itch in horses and to help relieve an existing condition. Legal Category: AVM-GSL.”
NAF® Off Citronella Wristband – “This silicone NAF Off Citronella Wrist Band is made with citronella oil. The unique design enables the citronella oil to be contained in a special compartment of the wrist band making it highly durable, waterproof, and convenient to use. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor activities. The wrist band can be worn while riding or around the yard, and it is suitable to wear on the wrist or the ankle.”
If you require any assistance in selecting the right product for you and your horse from our Horse Care range, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly Discount Equestrian team – we’re always happy to help!