One of the biggest issues during the summer months are the flies!! They are such a pain! Not only on a day to day basis but they easily cause further irritations and slow the healing of even small cuts and scraps so its important to treat these thoroughly and keep a very close eye on them. For day to day care of your horse a good quality fly mask can make your horse’s life a lot more comfortable. Okay so they might make your horse look a little peculiar (the reactions from non horse friends is always quite hilarious!) but they help reduce irritation from flies around the face no end.
A top fly spray is an essential product for the summer. You’ll have to find the best one that works for you and your horse – a lot have quite strong scents which I know horse owners can love or loathe! We are big fans of Leovet Power Phaser Fly Repellent Spray 500ml which even seems to help combat flies when your horse sweats during exercise.
Having previously owned a lovely cob with full feather I know how difficult it can be to keep them in tip top condition throughout the year, especially with mites during the hot seasons. One product I would recommend is Lincoln Pig Oil Spray – Horse Coat Gloss, Conditioner, Barrier. This can be used to make the coat look glossy, as a useful skin barrier to protect against water and the environment and as an effective skin conditioner, plus will create an unpleasant environment for lice and other external parasites.
Exercising your horse during summer also brings a new dimension. Where possible, it’s best to avoid riding in the hottest parts of the day for both you and your horse – be careful to watch out for dehydration and the effects of the sun. Horses often thoroughly enjoy a good bath after working to cool down their muscles and it’s important to take time to do this when your horse has sweated. For this we love the Barrier Lavender Wash or the Absorbine Botanicals Body Rinse. It’s quite refreshing for us owners too!!