If you’d like to make homemade fly spray for horses, I have two great recipes for you.
The first is so easy there’s no excuse NOT to try it!
And the second uses simple ingredients for GREAT results. Even better than the store-bought brands.
Let’s get started!
✅ Easy Homemade Fly Spray for Horses
With just one ingredient it’s perfect for those “I’m late for a lesson, the tack store is 20 min away, and there’s flies the size of bats” kind of days (and we’ve all been there).
Thanks to my procrastination when it comes to buying or making fly spray, I’ve tested this out in many situations from horse shows to trail rides.
While it doesn’t pack the same kind of punch as a heavy duty spray like Absorbine, it’s guaranteed to be better than nothing. Plus I’m always up for the challenge of a wallet friendly, DIY option.
Now here’s the catch: Not all vinegar is created equal. While the regular store brand can work, it’s not nearly as effective as unpasteurised, organic ACV.
I didn’t believe this myself until I tried it, and now that I use it at home as well, I REALLY notice.
💲 I order this Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar by Bragg (1 gallon) because it’s so inexpensive and lasts forever, but some grocery and health stores carry it as well.
For more ideas check out Apple Cider Vinegar for Horses – Top 10 Uses.
If the smell of ACV happens to make you gag, or your equine partner is particularly sensitive I highly recommend diluting this mixture with water up to a 50/50 ratio. Or try my recipe without ACV found here.
The less AVC, the more often you should reapply. Like all fly sprays, it shouldn’t be sprayed near the eyes or nose (I spray it into my hands and rub it onto their face). It works great for dogs too!
✅ Best Homemade Fly Spray for Horses
If you’re feeling more ambitious you can add these easy-to-find-around-the-house ingredients to give you extra fly protection.
This recipes make a highly effective fly repellent for horses and just takes a few extra minutes to make.
✅ More Natural Fly Sprays
If you don’t have the right ingredients for the other homemade option, here’s what I’ve had success adding to ACV so far:
Avon Skin so Soft – This stuff smells great and is a good DEET free bug deterrent for both horses and riders.
Lemon Juice – Bugs seem to have a strong dislike for this stuff.
Commercial Fly Spray – Don’t throw out those last few drops stuck in the bottle! Add it to this mix to stretch your budget.
For a fly spray option that doesn’t include Apple Cider Vinegar, be sure to check out Natural Fly Spray for Horses. It also includes reviews of the top store bought natural brands, just in case you’re not in the mood for DIY!
What’s in your favorite homemade fly spray for horses?
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