A few months ago, a representative from Eco Vet contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their new fly spray. Of course, flies are the bane of any horse owner’s existence so I was pretty happy to take them on on their request! Wait a few months for flies to really start to get bad here… and we have today’s review.
First, here’s a little bit about what makes this fly spray unique from the folks at Eco Vet:
Research has shown that certain fatty acids act as insect attractants, while others are repellents. Ecovet uses a proprietary mixture of naturally occurring fatty acids that confuses and overwhelms the insect’s normal directional ability, so the insect is unable to locate your horse as its next victim. It’s like having a GPS system that is shouting confusing and conflicting directions at you … until you finally give up.
So that’s pretty interesting… but how does it work?
I would say my barn has a medium amount of flies, and a high a mount of mosquitos. Flies also seem to really like my horse. It’s not uncommon for me to get him out of the pasture with hive like bug bites and he also constantly has flies attacking his black legs despite me using a lot of fly spray.
The first important thing that I need to tell you about the Eco Vet fly spray is that it stinks. No really, it smells awful. Barn girls have chimed in with suggestions that it smells like…
- Old man hair gel
- A senior living center
- Coconut with a hint of butt hole
All jokes aside, it really is strong when you first spray it. If I inhale the spray, I tend to cough (good thing it’s all natural?). I warn people in the barn when I’m going to use it. It’s that stinky.
The instructions say to spray the horse’s lower body and legs, so I end up using less on Simon than I would with my normal fly spray. It has a bit of an oily consistency, but does make his coat and hooves shiny.
Now the important part, does it keep flies away? Yes. A thousand times yes.
When I use Eco Vet fly spray, my horse is less twitchy standing around in lessons. There’s less feet stomping and general annoyance. In fact, minus the occasional horse fly the only time I really see flies on him are around his head where I don’t spray Eco Vet.
I even let a fellow boarder try some on her horse, and she said they had a great trail ride around the property without being bothered by a single fly. That’s a pretty strong statement.
You can buy Eco Vet direct from their website, or through major retailers like Dover. For Dover’s price of $19.99, I’d pick up my own pretty happily. Yes, it smells horrid but I’d rather douse my horse in something that really helps him than just make him smell good. Plus Eco Vet lists lots of other benefits on their website like helping sweet itch and being safe for sensitive skinned horses.
My bottom line? I’d try this as an all natural replacement to traditional fly spray. Let me know what you think!