07 January 2008 10:01
Is there a fly repellent that really works?
By Your Horse
Most fly sprays are fairly effective, but as well as topical fly repellents you can try feeding garlic for a more long-term effect. The oil in garlic is excreted through the skin and provides a scent that helps repel insects. Powdered garlic can be slowly introduced to your horse’s daily feed, or try cloves of fresh garlic if your horse will eat them.
Light-coloured mesh fly sheets, which wrap around your horse and cover his belly, can help to prevent insects biting if your horse suffers sweet itch or is plagued by flies. Biting flies and midges are most active at dawn and dusk, so stabling your horse during these times can help to protect him.