Putting fly spray on in the summer is akin to a habit like brushing our teeth in the morning. It becomes a daily routine! But, did you know that there is a method to properly apply fly spray?
Here are a few tips I've learned for getting the most out of your fly spray.
PREP THE COAT
It is super important that your horse isn’t caked in dust or shavings. Even some of those lose hairs that haven’t shed out from winter can keep the spray from working effectively. Curry and brush your horse to get him or her as clean as possible. The spray needs a clean surface to stick.
Opti-Force ®Fly spray is a great everyday spray when your horse is heavy in work in a super hot climate! Opti-Force Fly Spray is sweat and weather resistant and has a thicker formula designed to stay on the horse.
Set the nozzle to mist from the off position. Starting at the neck and moving along the horses body, spray the mist until the hair is damp.
Spray the legs last, as some of the spray will obviously fall and settle to the ground (pictured: Niki Clarke and Mount St. John Daytona, 6 yo Westphalian mare).
Spray more than you think!
ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE, INCLUDING ME, IS THEY SPRAY TOO LITTLE!
The recommended amount of fly spray is 1-2 oz per horse per day-depending on the spray you are using. What does 1 to 2 oz. mean?
2 oz. would be close to four tablespoons to give you an idea. Obviously, it would be very difficult to measure this while you are misting your horse. But, a good way to judge is that your horse should be damp from the spray.
Avoid the horses face and genital region
BRUSH THE SPRAY IN
That’s right. You need to brush the fly spray into the coat. Choose a medium or soft bristled brush and brush over all of the areas you applied the spray. You can also do this with a cloth if you do not want to use a brush or don’t have access to one. For Niki, Manna Pro Pro-Rider, and Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer (pictured below), brushing in the fly spray is crucial, especially in Southertn California. Brushing in the Pro-Force will maximize the effectiveness of the spray in those hot conditions.
HOW TO APPLY TO THE FACE
For face application, spray a dry clean cloth with the fly spray. Avoiding the eye area, wipe the spray on the face gently. Don’t wipe the spray directly above the eyes because if he sweats, it may drip into the eye.WHEN TO SPRAY
Be sure to spray your horse before he goes outside in the morning and again in the evening as it is a prime feeding time for blood thirsty insects. If you are planning to ride, be sure to have the tack (saddle, boots/wraps, etc) on the horse before you spray.
Test it out!
Before trying any new spray on a horse, be sure to test it on one small area of the horse and wait 24 hours to see if there is a reaction.
So, there is a method to this Fly Spray madness. Good luck out there!
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