The last couple of days have been utterly glorious in Norwich and with my horses living so close to the river the flies are already hovering.
I’m not 100% comfortable with putting my hooved heathens in fly rugs 24/7, as flies can get caught in the rug and sent them into a frenzy, and manufactured fly sprays are either chemically or expensive.
So I’ve done the dirty work for you and done my research to bring you some D.I.Y fly sprays! Not ALL of them are totally chemical free but I feel much happier knowing exactly what’s going on my horses skin.
5 caps of dettol – from a 500ml size bottle
250 ml of Avon Skin so Soft and fresh (I’ve found this only come in 500ml bottles and this ingredient can be halved if flies aren’t TOO bad)
2 teaspoons of lavander oil
2 teaspoons of citronella
2 teaspoons of eucalyptus oil
2 teaspoons of cedar wood oil
2 teaspoons of tea tree oil
2 teaspoons of bog myrtle oil (not essential but highly recommended for maximum mosquito repelling)
Top up to make 1 litre with either water or cold tea and pop it in an appropriate spray bottle.
Shake well before spraying and throughout spraying because the natural oils will separate from the water very quickly!
Can be used on people as well as horses and can be used on sensitive areas like the sheath. When using on your horse spray it on twice daily so it’s leaves a dewy mist over his/her coat.
5-10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5-10 drops Tea Tree or Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil
5-10 drops Idaho Tansy Essential Oil
5-10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5-10 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Drop each of the oils into a 32 oz spray bottle and mix with water! This spray is refreshing and smells lush!
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
20 drops of doTERRA’s essential oil blend Terrashield
leftover and dying geraniums –about 2 cups or 20 drops geranium oil
2 cloves of garlic or garlic granules
2 tablespoons neem oil-human grade
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups water
Blend for about 4 minutes, strain and put in spray bottle. Apply with a sponge around the eyes
This is cheap and easy especially if you have excess to the flowers.
Tips and tricks – especially if you want to make your own recipe
1) There are two types of citronella oil, a natural, highly concentrated, yummy smelling oil and the highly flammable type used for tiki torches! Personally, I’d suggest using the first one!
2) Dont be alarmed when I say this – dish soap may be your best friend when it comes to making your own fly fumigator! It acts as an emulsifier which keeps the water and oils mixed together to prevent you having to mix throughout spraying.
3) Add white vinegar or apple cider vinegar (depends on how you are with the smell) to give your horses coat a beautiful sheen. Two birds, one spray bottle.
4) If your making you own recipe use a very very diluted mixture first. You can always add more oil.
5) When using a new fly spray, manufactured, natural or D.I.Y don’t just cover your horse head to toes straight off. Do a patch test just incase of any reactions.
I hope this helps!
Send in your recipes!
Catch ya laters,