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Mastering Fly Control for Horses

Mastering Fly Control for Horses

Posted by Aubry Boonstra on 21st May 2024

In the world of horse care, few things are as persistent and pesky as flies. These bothersome insects not only irritate horses but can also transmit diseases and cause discomfort. Fortunately, with the right approach to fly control, horse owners can keep their equine companions happy, healthy, and fly-free. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore effective strategies for fly control and highlight top products available at Millbrook Tack to help you combat these winged nuisances.

Understanding Fly Control

Before diving into product recommendations, let's discuss some essential aspects of fly control for horses. Effective fly management involves a combination of preventive measures, environmental modifications, and the use of specialized products. By addressing breeding sites, implementing physical barriers, and utilizing insect repellents, horse owners can significantly reduce fly populations and minimize their impact on equine welfare.

Key Strategies for Fly Control

  1. Environmental Management: Start by identifying and eliminating potential breeding grounds for flies around the stable. Regularly remove manure and soiled bedding, as these serve as prime breeding sites for flies. Consider using larvicides or biological control agents to target fly larvae in areas where manure removal is challenging.
  2. Physical Barriers: Equip your horse with protective gear to create a barrier between them and pesky insects. Fly sheets, fly masks, and fly boots offer effective protection against bites and UV exposure. These products not only shield your horse from flies but also provide additional benefits such as UV protection and injury prevention.
  3. Insect Repellents: Invest in high-quality insect repellents to keep flies at bay. Topical sprays and wipes can be applied directly to the horse's coat to repel flies and other biting insects. Look for products formulated with active ingredients like permethrin or pyrethroids, known for their effectiveness against a wide range of pests.

Featured Products for Effective Fly Control

1. Majyk Equipe UV Protective Fly Sheet

The Majyk Equipe UV Protective Fly Sheet offers superior protection against flies and harmful UV rays. Crafted from durable and breathable fabric, this fly sheet provides comfort and coverage for your horse during outdoor activities. Its innovative design includes a detachable neck cover and adjustable closures for a secure fit.

2. Majyk Equipe UV Protection Fly Mask

Complete your horse's fly protection ensemble with the Majyk Equipe UV Protection Fly Mask. Designed to shield your horse's face and ears from irritating flies, this fly mask features a contoured fit and soft mesh construction for maximum comfort. With its UV-protective properties, it helps safeguard your horse's delicate facial skin from sun damage.

3. Majyk Equipe Fly Bye Boots (4-Pack)

Ensure comprehensive fly protection for your horse's legs with the Majyk Equipe Fly Bye Boots. These innovative fly boots offer full coverage and support while effectively repelling flies and other pests. Featuring breathable materials and secure closures, these boots provide comfort and peace of mind during turnout.

Special Offer: 20% Off Your Order

For a limited time, take advantage of our exclusive offer on fly control products. Purchase all three featured items—Majyk Equipe UV Protective Fly Sheet, Majyk Equipe UV Protection Fly Mask, and Majyk Equipe Fly Bye Boots—and enjoy 20% off your order with code FLIESBEGONE. Don't miss this opportunity to stock up on essential fly control gear for your horse.

Best-Selling Fly Spray: Absorbine UltraShield EX Insecticide & Repellent

In addition to protective gear, a reliable fly spray is essential for comprehensive fly control. Our best-selling Absorbine UltraShield EX Insecticide & Repellent offers long-lasting protection against flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting insects. Formulated with advanced ingredients, this fly spray provides effective repellency and stays active for up to 17 days, making it ideal for use in barns, pastures, and riding areas.


Mastering fly control is essential for ensuring the well-being and comfort of your horse. By implementing a combination of environmental management, physical barriers, and insect repellents, you can effectively minimize fly populations and protect your equine companion from irritations and potential health risks. Explore our range of fly control products at Millbrook Tack and take advantage of our special offer to equip your horse with the ultimate defense against flies.

About the Author

Aubry, originally from Lexington, KY, grew up immersed in the equestrian world. With 17 years of diverse experience, she's skilled in rehabilitating Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds and has competed in various disciplines like hunter-jumpers, eventing, and even reining. Formerly Director of Operations at an eventing barn, she now serves as Marketing Director at Millbrook Tack, combining her passion for horses with her creative talents to make a difference in the equestrian community.