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Monday, 8 April 2019

How to Control Your Horse's Sweet Itch

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Get A sweet itch rug and fly mask

The number one product that you need for a horse who has sweet itch is a fly rug and fly mask.  I would always choose a tight one with a full stomach like *this one made for sweet itch *.  I personally like to use *lycra fly masks* as flies may still get into full mesh ones.  

Use fly control sprays and vet treatments

I recently started using a product from my vets called Switch.  This is a pour-on product that you apply along the spine (missing the saddle area).  This really works with Paddy who suffers terribly with the flies.  

I also use a fly spray concentrate called *horse leads neem oil spray* which is natural and it VERY cheap (it makes 3litres!).   This works great for spraying on the horse's legs, underneath and tail.  

This last thing that I use for sweet itch is a lotion called EasiVet Benzyl Benzoate.  I apply this to any affected areas to calm the itching and make Paddy more comfortable.   


It is essential to stable any horse that has sweet itch during the day when the flies are at their worst.  I set up my horse's routine to be stabled during the day in the summer so that they are away from flies and the sun.  You can *hang fly control products* in the stables or use a highly concentrated fly spray that is only used in stables, not on the horse.  

Keeping the field fly free

As well as stabling my horse's during the day, I try to avoid damp areas in fields.  I try to pick fields that don't flood or hold excess water, I avoid fields with trees and bushes as well as streams.  

I think this really helps with controlling flies in the field.  One thing that I think is essential is to poop pick your fields daily in the sweet itch season.  I do this once in the morning and once at night.  It seems like a lot but when you are doing it this often it only takes a few minutes.  


I am not a horse trainer or any other equestrian professional.  I only give advice on horsey topics that I have experience as a horse owner in.  Please don't follow my advice without contacting a relevant equestrian professional.  


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