Every summer, here at Totally Horse and Pony Magazine, our horses are plagued by flies – especially the pesky biting kind that draw blood. And with four horses and ponies, buying fly spray at around £12 a bottle can be a pricey old job. So we got to wondering whether it might work if we made our own. So, we did some research and came up with our very own Totally Horse & Pony Magazine Homemade Fly Spray Recipe.
Now, we found during our research, that other enterprising horse owners are using a mix of everything from epsom salts to stale beer, cheap mouthwash to methylated spirits in their homemade sprays! But we distilled the best of the best advice and information, with the aim of keeping our fly spray as effective, natural and healthy as possible. So, what are the ingredients of our concoction? Here we go:
- 10ml citronella essential oil – -you can buy this from most local pharmacies for around £3 a bottle and is well known for its ability to deter insects
- 4 tablespoons of malt vinegar (brown or white as you wish)
- 4 tablespoons of Dettol
- 1 litre of cold tea
Mix all these ingredients up, and decant into an old spray bottle and hey presto! Ready made homemade fly spray at a fraction of the cost of the shop bought versions.
Of course, the proof is in the testing – so, did the spray keep the flies at bay? Well, in true experimental “tried and tested” fashion we sprayed one horse with a well known shop bought spray and another with our own homemade spray. How did they fare, we hear you ask? Well… both horses were in the same field, subject to the same flies…and, we’re pleased to say our homemade spray worked just a s well as the shop bought one – keeping the flies off very nicely thank you! Good job well done, though we say so ourselves!
If you have a great fly spray recipe that works for your horse – let us know here! Or, if you try our recipe – tell us how it works for your horse!
We strongly recommend that you patch test your horse with any homemade spray that you make, including our own recipe, to ensure he doesn’t have an allergic reaction to it.