August 21, 2012 10:11
Robin Davis is a lifelong horse lover who founded of the Holistic Horse Care Cooperative (www.Holistic-Herd.com) and, alongside of her husband, is owner/operator of a holistic horsekeeping ranch in Northern Colorado called Mustang Hollow. Robin loves to spend time with her horses any way she can. Her current herd of six consists of 1 Mustang, 1 Warmblood, 1 OTTB, 1 Quarter horse, 1 Arabian and 1 Welsh cross. Robin loves to trailride, has competed in Dressage and has started and tuned up many horses using natural horsemanship methods.
Flies, mosquitoes, gnats, oh my! It is most certainly fly season in overdrive right now. Here are a few tips from my barnyard on handling those pesky pests for humans and the horses.
I add garlic and diatomaceous earth to the horses soaked pellets. The garlic helps repel the bugs and the diatomaceous earth helps deal with internal parasites as well as those who are compelled to lay their eggs in manure. In Hilary Page Self’s book “A Modern Horse Herbal”, she recommends 6-8 fresh, crushed cloves daily or 15-30 grams of pure garlic powder daily. It’s recommended to not feed garlic to nursing mares.
On the outside of my horses I use an essential oil blend – Young Living’s Purification helps repel the flies and helps stop the itching.
I’ve also found that adding fresh thyme to my horses feed will help with those itchy areas. I grow a patch and use it fresh. When the thyme doesn’t have anything to offer I add a few tablets of the homeopathic remedy Apis to their water.
These same remedies are good for humans too. What I like best as a topical deterrent on my body is Lavender essential oil. Straight out of the bottle and onto my body relaxes me and helps keep those bugs away.
Here in Colorado we have at least 2 more months before first frost and those flies are at their worst in the fall. Hope some of these tips help you and your horsey friends.