Repel Flies from Your Horses Naturally
Flies can be a major nuisance for horses, causing irritation, discomfort, and potential health issues. While commercial insect repellents are commonly used, many horse owners are seeking natural alternatives to protect their beloved companions. Thankfully, there are a wide range of essential oils that not only provide a natural solution but also offer additional benefits for your horses.
Repel Flies from Horses Naturally
In this blog post, I will share how to effectively and naturally repel flies from your horses. I will delve into the benefits of using natural oils, discuss essential oil recipes, and provide helpful tips for a fly-free equine environment. You will discover the power of nature to ward off pesky flies and ensure the well-being of your cherished horses.

Benefits of Natural Essential Oils:

Unlike conventional insect repellents, essential oils can offer a natural and safe alternative for repelling flies. Throughout history, people (and wild animals) have used different plants to keep pests at bay. Essential oils are derived directly from plants, preserving their potent properties that can deter insects effectively and making their use much more convenient. When I refer to essential oils in this blog, I am talking about only Young Living's essential oils and oil-infused products. Because of their Seed to Seal quality commitment, Young Living is the only brand I use and recommend to my friends and family. 
As Nature Intended
Here are some benefits of using natural essential oils for fly control:

1. Non-toxic and Chemical-free: Young Living's essential oils are free from harmful chemicals, providing a safer option for your horses. You can ensure that your equine friends won't be exposed to harmful ingredients while still achieving effective repellent results.

2. Pleasant Aromas: Essential oils offer pleasant and soothing fragrances that can add an enjoyable aroma to your horse's environment, unlike the overpowering scent of some conventional fly sprays.

3. Multiple Health Benefits: Along with their insect-repelling properties, essential oils provide various additional benefits for your horses. Some oils can promote skin health, soothe irritations, and even have calming properties, creating a more comfortable environment overall.
Repel Flies from Horses
Essential Oil Recipes for Fly Control 

To help you create your DIY fly repellent using Young Living essential oils, here are two effective recipes:

Recipe 1: Fly Spray
Ingredients:
- 50 drops Young Living Peppermint essential oil
- 25 drops Young Living Citronella essential oil
- 25 drops Young Living Lemongrass essential oil
- 25 drops of Young Living Lavender essential oil 
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar

Instructions:
1. Mix the essential oils and distilled water together in a spray bottle.
2. Add the apple cider vinegar and shake well to combine.
3. Spray generous amounts of the mixture onto your horse's coat, focusing on areas where flies tend to gather, such as the mane, tail, and legs. Avoid applying this to your horse's eyes, mouth, and nose. 

Recipe 2: Fly-Repelling Roll-On
Ingredients:
- 10 drops Young Living Lavender essential oil
- 5 drops Young Living Eucalyptus essential oil
- 5 drops Young Living Cedarwood essential oil
- 10 ml carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil)

Instructions:
1. Combine the essential oils and carrier oil in a small glass roller bottle.
2. Roll the mixture onto your hands and gently apply it to your horse's ears, belly, and other areas prone to fly attacks.
3. Reapply as needed, especially after your horse sweats or gets wet.

Not into DIY? I got you covered. 
Natural Insect Repellent
Young Living's ready-made Insect Repellent:
Applying this natural and effective solution is simple. Start by gently rubbing a few drops of this safe and natural Insect Repellent onto your hands and then apply it onto your horse's coat, avoiding the eyes, mouth, and nose. For added protection, focus on areas where insects tend to gather, such as the mane, tail, and underside of the belly. The powerful blend of essential oils in this Insect Repellent will help keep biting insects at bay, allowing your horse to roam comfortably and without irritation. 

Natural Environment Solutions
Creating a Fly-Free Equine Environment

In addition to using essential oil-based repellents, establishing a fly-free environment plays a crucial role in keeping flies away from your horses. Consider the following tips:

1. Clean Stalls and Pastures: Regularly remove manure and damp bedding from stalls, as flies are attracted to these areas. In pastures, practice rotational grazing to avoid overgrazing and allow for natural fly control.

2. Use Fly Traps: Employ non-toxic fly traps in and around your horse's living areas. These traps attract and capture flies, reducing their population.

3. Provide Shade and Fans: Flies are less active in shaded areas with airflow. Installing fans in stables and providing shade in pastures can help reduce fly activity.

4. Maintain a Healthy Diet: A well-balanced diet is essential for horses' overall health, including their immune system. Healthier horses are better able to ward off flies.

Repel Flies from Your Horses Naturally
Repelling flies from your horses is not only crucial for their comfort but also helps maintain their overall well-being. Young Living's Insect Repellent, along with their premium essential oils, offers a natural and effective solution. By using beneficial plants, you can create homemade fly sprays and roll-ons that will keep flies at bay while providing additional health benefits for your equine companions. Remember to maintain a clean environment, provide shade, and follow a healthy eating regimen to enhance your fly control efforts. Embrace the power of nature and cherish fly-free days with your beloved horses!

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