garlic to repel flies on horses

Should you use garlic to repel flies on horses?

Flies are one of the biggest problems horses and their people have to deal with. Not only are down right annoying but they can also cause more serious skin problems and parasite infections.

Garlic can be very effective as a natural fly repellent for horses.

Spray on and feed through chemical fly repellents are only minimally effective and potentially dangerous, possibly causing chronic liver and kidney damage. The ingredients used have been linked to reproductive, respiratory problems and cancer.

A few of the synthetic pyrethroids, including resmethrin, were flagged by the EPA in 1994 as having possible “reproductive and developmental toxicities.”

Does Garlic Repel Flies on Horses

Is Fly Spray Bad for Horses?

It’s really important to reduce the amount of chemicals you’re using on and around your horses. For them and you. One of the first places to start is with fly repellents. Ask yourself… if you are using a product that recommends you use gloves so as not to get it in contact with your skin, why in hell would you wanna put it on your beloved equine friend? 

What’s so great about garlic for horses?

Garlic is widely used by many horse owners as a natural option with benefits of pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, immune booting and insect repellent.

Historically, garlic is one of the most used and effective natural healing substances in the world. It is popularly used to treat equine respiratory diseases and infections in the horse’s lungs.

Natural garlic contains a wide range of trace minerals, which include copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, germanium, and selenium. The key therapeutic ingredient in garlic is allicin. Allicin is what gives garlic its antibiotic properties and is responsible for its distinct odor.

  • Garlic is rich in Selenium and Sulphur. Sulphur is recognised as having blood cleansing properties that are useful in treating and preventing equine disease. It is also believed to contain over 25 germ-killing compounds.

7 Benefits of Garlic for Horses:Does Garlic Repel Flies on Horses

  • Acts as a fly repellant – keeping midges, gnats, flies and mosquitoes away
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Purifies the blood
  • It is a natural source of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), commonly used to treat joint problems and allergies
  • Promotes friendly bacteria in the digestive tract
  • Helps to increase a horse’s appetite
  • Boosts the antibiotic effect of drugs

Historical Uses of Garlic

  • Garlic is mentioned in early Egyptian medical manuscripts dating back to 1550 BC.
  • It was fed to the Egyptian workers building the Pyramids, to increase their stamina and ward off infections.
  • During biblical times, Jewish people used it to improve the health of their donkeys and other animals.

Using Garlic to Repel Flies on Horses

While some horse owners only use garlic for horses during fly season, the added benefit year round can’t be ignored.

Two great options are Bug Zap Naturally and Worm Free Naturally Plus Garlic.

Bug Zap Naturally is great for fly control! It works wonders keeping the flies away! And I use it year round because of the health benefits I have experienced. Even when other horses in the barn get sick my horse stays well. None of those nasty respiratory problems that are prevalent in boarding barns. I have always used some form of garlic for horses but this has been working out great!

“I’ve always been a fan of using garlic for my horses. My Grandfather always fed it to his work horses and swore it kept them strong and healthy and free of worms. In his day there were no fancy wormers you could buy. I have been using Worm Free Naturally Plus on my horses with fabulous results. I was initially attracted to this product because of the garlic and have found it to be not only effective at controlling worms in my horses, but have also noticed a decrease in insects during the warmer months, and quicker shedding in Spring. I feed it year round and won’t ever be without it. 


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