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How To Protect Your Horse From Horse Flies, Deer Flies and Other Flying Insects

Because we strive to keep your horse’s health and riding enjoyment at an optimal level, we would like to teach you how to protect your horse from flies and other flying insects.


A fly mask for riding that covers the neck in addition to the face, will cover the more sensitive areas, including eyes, ears and neck.  The neck is especially important as it is the number one area where flying insects bite and attach.  Instead of swatting them with a swatter or tree branch which decreases the safety and enjoyment of your ride, Equus Fly Veil fly masks cover the neck and don't allow bugs to bite or attach to your horses neck.  

In addition to an Equus Fly Veil for riding, you might also want to purchase a fly sheet and hood for turnout. 

Fly spray, although somewhat effective on its own, can be incredibly beneficial when used in addition to a fly mask. We advise to NEVER spray chemicals near a horse’s eyes, nose or mouth or their food sources.  Fly spray is a wonderful addition to a fly mask, but it should primarily be used on areas such as a horse’s body and legs. You can also spray it on your Equus Fly Veil prior to putting in on your horse   There are many fly spray options including chemical store brands or you can make your own using natural ingredients, such as essential oils and vinegar. You can also use topical treatments, such as roll-ons, gels, creams, and fly repellents wipes.


While you can use products to minimize flies, it’s also essential to keep your horse’s environment as clean as possible. This means controlling standing water areas, removing manure, and keeping the stalls cool with shade and air circulation.