Horse flies. Stable flies. House flies. Deer flies. Toss mosquitoes, gnats and ticks into the mix, and you have the bane of every horse’s (and horse owner’s) existence. As much as we all look forward to the lovely long days of summer, that warm weather inevitably includes insects of all types and sizes. The nuisance factor is huge, from the incessant stomping and swishing to trail rides cut short by
swarms of bugs, not to mention training sessions interrupted by the buzz
of attacking mosquitoes. But the risk of disease is even more important.
From pigeon fever to West Nile Virus, these insects can inflict damage far
outweighing the irritation they cause.
Many of us turn to the fast and easy solution: fly spray. We douse our
horses with our favorite brand, providing at least temporary respite from
the bugs. However, there are many other steps we can take to protect our
horses and ourselves from both the frustration and danger posed by flies
and their fellow flying insects.
JULY 2017 I HORSEillustrated.com
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BY MOLLY H. O’BRIEN