Things I enjoy in life: riding my horse, diet coke, cool spring breeze, fancy stitch tack.
Things I don’t enjoy in life: humidity, extreme dust, Friday afternoon meetings, bad drivers, and FLIES!!!
To help troubleshoot the flies issue, Absorbine sent me three of their UltraShield fly sprays to review – UltraShield Sport, UltraShield Sport Continuous Spray (Aerosol), and UltraShield Red. I’ve been using these three products for about a month now, and have gathered my thoughts for you dear readers who may dislike flies as much as me (really, who really likes flies anyway?).
The idea behind UltraShield Red fly spray is that it is designed to hold up to the sun’s harsh UV rays that can break down the chemicals in fly spray over long periods of turnout.
Pros: The fly spray is light, has a nice smell, and leaves a touch of softness in the hair. It actually reminds me of ShowSheen a bit, because the horse is nice and shiny but it’s NOT slick like ShowSheen. Below you can see a picture of shiny Simon with his UltraShield Red on.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Did Flies Hate it? Flies didn’t love it! I spray pretty heavily, especially on his front legs, but after application I didn’t notice any flies bothering him while I was grooming, riding or after.
Would I buy it? I absolutely would buy this fly spray. For sure!
This UltraShield fly spray is designed to be resistant to sweat and water. A good idea for our hot Texas summers!
Pros: The fly spray definitely is going to last through a sweaty horse or some very light hosing/rain.
Cons: It’s really, really thick. Simon is not afraid of the spray bottle at all but when I sprayed him with this the first time and some white, kinda gloppy spray came out he was all ‘wtf?’ It surprised me too. Also, after you spray and brush it in and start to ride your horse you get this nice filmy layer of oily dirt all over the coat where you sprayed. This isn’t the first oil based fly spray I’ve used that does this, but I don’t like it. Picture of what I’m talking about below:
I mean, maybe this fly spray is meant for horses that are much cleaner than mine… but for the typical non-wellington show horse he’s not that dirty.
Did Flies Hate it? Oily dirt gloop or not, flies don’t like this stuff.
Would I buy it? Nope, not for me. Too thick and greasy.
UltraShield Sport Continous Spray
Same deal as the regular UltraShield Sport, but in an aerosol spray can that may or may not kill the ozone.
Pros: Very light! No goop, but a fine spray that covers out well.
Cons: You might inhale some if you groom near fans. It’s misty and fine so it’s a tad hard to get all of it on the horse.
Do flies hate it? No fly problems here!
Would I buy it? Yes!!! This is my favorite spray that I’ve used, and I will probably be replacing my bottle.
Hope this helps some of you wayward fly spray shoppers! Do you have a favorite fly spray that you use?
Disclaimer: Absorbine sent me these products to review but I received no otherwise compensation or instructions for writing this post!