It probably doesn’t come as much of a shock, but I’ve been making the switch from store-bought, pre-packaged products to homemade and all-natural products in many aspects of my daily living–from making my own natural laundry soap, dish detergent, and household cleaners to using only natural, whole foods and cooking everything from scratch (actually, this may be a shock for those of you that know me personally!) Sure, it may require more work (especially in the cooking department), but I’m saving money and feeling much better about my reducing my impact on the environment.
I’m also making the transition to using more natural products for my horses and other animals. This year, I plan to make my own fly spray. I’ve done this before, but not with natural products. I’ve put together a list of homemade fly spray recipes for horses–and most of them are all-natural.
Skin so Soft Recipe
- 6 caps full of Avon’s Skin so Soft
- 1 cup white vinegar
- a good squirt of Ivory liquid soap
- mix with about 20 ounces of water
Citrus Insect Repellant
- 2 cups light mineral oil
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 2 tsp. pure citronella oil
- 2 tsp. eucalyptus essential oil
- 2 tsp. lemon dish soap
Easy Fly Spray
- 4-7 parts water
- 1 part citronella oil
(Above recipes borrowed/ adapted from Moniteau Saddle Club)
Natural Fly Spray (from The Prairie Homestead)
- 1 quart Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Citronella Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Oil Fly Spray (from The Cowboy Way)
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Eucalyptus oil
- 1 cup water
Dr. Mary Brennan’s Recipe (from EquiSearch)
* An important note about the citronella oil–you need to purchase 100% pure citronella oil from a health food store or online. Do NOT buy citronella oil from hardware or other stores that is meant for lanterns, tiki torches, etc., as it is flammable and not safe to put on your horse’s skin.
Of course, be careful not to spray any of these fly sprays into your horse’s eyes and remember, just because a product is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean your horse can’t have a reaction to it–although it’s much less likely to occur than with products containing chemicals. A fly mask is always a good idea for keeping flies out of horse’s eyes and ears. I tend to use these with my older horses (which the flies seem to bother more.)
If you have your own homemade fly spray for horses that you’ve used with success, please feel free to add it in the comments section.