Horseflies are huge pests – quite literally since they’re way bigger than regular flies – and their bites are extremely painful too.
You can buy sprays from stores to keep them away, but you can also make effective DIY versions – and here are our favorite 33 homemade horsefly spray recipes that you might want to try making at home.
1. How To Make Homemade Fly Spray for Your Horse
As this blogger writes, commercial fly sprays are fine – but they contain lots of chemicals. However, if you are looking for alternatives, she shares her recipe. It only requires three simple ingredients, none of which will harm your horse, so why not give it a go and see how it works?
2. How to Make Horsefly Spray – Simple and Easy
This YouTuber specializes in living a toxin-free life through the use of essential oils, and her channel is dedicated to helping other people do the same. In this video, she teaches us how to make a healthy and natural horsefly spray, which we’re sure lots of people will want to copy.
3. How to Make Homemade Fly Spray Recipes for Horses: Horse & Hound
If you’re looking for a few options to try, this post should be of interest. In it, you’ll find various suggestions for homemade recipes that Horse & Hound readers have suggested. Give it a read and see which ones you think might work best!
4. Homemade Fly Spray for Horses, Cows or Goats
One of the advantages of making a DIY fly spray is that it can be a whole lot less expensive than buying products from a store. The one this video teaches you to make is all-natural and is suitable for use on cows and goats as well as horses. Check it out to see how it’s done!
5. Do Homemade Horse Fly Sprays Work? A Tried and True Recipe
The problem with finding DIY recipes online is that often, they simply don’t work. However, this blog claims the version it offers, based on cider vinegar and essential oils is “tried and true” – so that’s got to be worth testing out, right?
6. How To Make Horsefly Spray
The recipe for horsefly spray that this video teaches you to make could hardly be simpler. All you need is vinegar, some dish soap and a bit of water. It just goes to show that sometimes, there’s no need to overcomplicate things – and often, the easiest solutions are best!
7. How to Make Your Own Horsefly Repellent in a Pinch – Happy Horse
Sometimes when you find yourself plagued by horse flies, you need to mix up something to keep them at bay in a hurry. And if that’s a situation you find yourself in, here’s a useful post that teaches you three ways using only ingredients you probably already have close at hand.
8. How to make the Best 5 Gallons of DIY Horsefly and Tick Spray
If you need large quantities of horsefly spray, this is the video for you. It teaches you how to mix up five gallons of the stuff, and since it goes into plenty of detail, it’s the kind of plan that’s easy for just about anyone to follow.
9. Do Homemade Equine Fly Sprays Really Work? – Horse Health Matters
This post starts by discussing the question of whether homemade fly sprays work – as well as teaching you how to use them correctly for the best results. It then goes on to explain how to make a simple yet effective version, making this a valuable resource that’s well worth a read.
10. DIY Fly Spray for Your Horse – Best Recipe!
As this YouTuber explains in the intro to this video, what makes this spray different is the inclusion of sunscreen. That means it’s also useful for protecting your animals from the sun, which is ideal if they’re out in direct sunlight for much of the day.
11. Homemade Horsefly Spray Recipes
This post makes for some interesting reading. In it, we find out about how some natural DIY fly sprays were tested to see which ones performed best. After that, you can have a go at mixing some of them up yourself to see if you can replicate the same results.
12. How to Make Homemade Fly Spray for Horses
The aim of this video is to show you how to make a fly spray that is less expensive than store-bought versions and that is also free of harmful chemicals, making it healthier for your animals too. Interested to know how it’s done? Then give the video a watch to find out more!
13. Homemade Fly Spray for Horses – Savvy Horsewoman
This blog post gives you not just one but two different ways to mix up homemade horsefly solutions. That way, you can try both out to see which one works for you – or perhaps even experiment by combining the ideas to come up with something even better.
14. DIY Horsefly Spray from Molly & Ella Showjumping
We have to say that the recipe this video gives you has some of the more unusual ingredients we’ve seen. Who would have thought of using garlic or black tea, for example? However, if these YouTubers say it works, maybe they’re right. So why not try it out and see for yourself?
15. Homemade Horsefly Repellent
Here’s a blog post that tells you about two versions of a horsefly repellent you can easily make at home. The basic recipe uses nothing you probably don’t already have at home, but if you want an extra-potent version, just add some essential oils to boost the potion’s power!
16. Natural Fly Spray for Livestock that Really Works!
This video claims to teach you how to make a fly spray that “really works”. You’ll need several ingredients, but there’s nothing that’s either expensive or hard to find, so if you’re looking for an effective homemade solution to horseflies, this could be just the thing.
17. 5 DIY Homemade Fly Sprays for Horses with Pictures – Pet Keen
In this post, you’ll learn about five different ways to mix up a homemade solution that will protect your equine friends against flies. With so many options, you’re sure to find one that works for you, so why not give it a read and see which is your favorite version?
18. How to Make Homemade Fly Spray for your Horse that Really Works!!
We mentioned earlier that tea is a bit of a strange addition to a horsefly mixture – but here’s another recipe that calls for it, so maybe it really does work! In any case, this mixture will hardly cost anything to make, so there’s no reason not to mix some up and try it out yourself!
19. DIY Fly Spray Recipes for Horses
This post explains several options you can use to protect horses from flies – including another one that incorporates garlic. It also explains one common option that shouldn’t be used and why you should avoid it, so it’s worth reading just for that.
20. DIY Hoof Oil, Fly Spray, and Show Sheen
Here’s a video showing you how to make DIY hoof oil and show sheen as well as horsefly spray. That way, you won’t need to spend money buying any of these products from a store, helping to save you quite a bit of cash.
21. DIY Homemade Fly Spray for Horses
As this blogger explains, there are several advantages to making your own horsefly spray. For example, it’s cheaper, it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals and it can be gentler on a horse’s skin. Sound like something you’d like to try? Then give the blog a read to find out more!
22. What You SHOULDN’T Put in Homemade Horsefly Spray
When making homemade products for your horses, it’s just as important to know what you SHOULDN’T use as it is to know what works well. Fortunately, this YouTuber has made a video to explain which items to avoid, so you won’t end up inadvertently harming your animals.
23. How to Make Your Own Horsefly Spray
This video is in Dutch – but don’t worry if you don’t understand that language because it also has English subtitles! It’s worth watching too since it teaches you how to make a simple yet highly effective DIY horsefly spray. Check it out and see what you think!
24. Make Your Own Horsefly Spray – Pro Equine Grooms
We love the honesty of this blogger, who starts by saying that she doesn’t know which online DIY recipe is best. However, her version sounds like it should work well, making this as good a place to start as any if you need a homemade spray that does the job with a minimum of fuss.
25. How to Make Fly Spray for Horses with Horsemart’s Handy Hints
In this short video, you’ll learn a quick and easy way to mix up a fly spray to keep those pesky biting insects away from your beloved animals. You’ll only need a few inexpensive ingredients, and everything’s natural too – so it’s far healthier than store-bought sprays.
26. 3 Simple DIY Fly Spray Recipes
Here are three more recipes for effective natural fly sprays that will help you keep flies and other pests off your horses. All of them are inexpensive to make, and all of them seem like they’ll do a great job of keeping flies away, so why not have a go at making one yourself?
27. DIY Fly Spray Recipe – $3 Fly Spray
The fly spray in this video will cost you no more than $3 to make. It does a great job of keeping flies at bay, and it even doubles as mane conditioner, so it’s a practical multi-purpose solution that any self-respecting horse owner should take time to learn how to make.
28. Homemade Horse Fly Spray Recipes
This blog post is short and to the point, giving you two simple recipes that are easy to make and that will get the job done. You won’t need to spend lots of time reading unnecessary details, so you can just get right on with mixing up a spray solution to protect your horses.
29. DIY Horsefly Spray from Aiyana Martinez
We just love the start of this video – the YouTuber introduces it with the words “this is how to make horsefly stuff”. The rest of the video is only about a minute long, so if you want to learn how to make horsefly stuff, it won’t take much time to finish watching!
30. Homemade Horsefly Repellent
This repellent will keep horseflies and all other flies from landing on your animals. It’s based on vinegar, only takes about 10 minutes to make and will keep your horses protected, making it an ideal option if you’d prefer not to buy a ready-made solution from a store.
31. Homemade Fly Spray for Horses and Fly Predators
This YouTuber’s channel is dedicated to chronicling the life on her homestead in southeast Ohio, and in this video, she teaches us her version of DIY horsefly spray. Something like this is essential stuff for anyone who keeps livestock, so give her video a watch to see how she does it.
32. How To Make Homemade Fly Spray for Horses That’s All-Natural
This blogger begins her post by pointing out that the cost of buying horsefly spray can quickly add up. She goes on to talk about her all-natural version that costs far less than the expensive, chemical-filled products you can buy in a store, and we’re sure lots of people will want to try it.
33. 4-Ingredient Fly Spray for Your Horse!
This effective horsefly spray can be made using only four ingredients. But we’re not going to tell you what they are, so you’ll have to watch the video to find out. But it’s an idea that’s worth learning about, so give it a click and find out how they do it!
Loads of great homemade solutions for keeping horseflies at bay
As you can see, there’s no shortage of great recipes for mixing up homemade solutions that will do an excellent job of keeping horseflies at bay.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading and watching these plans as much as we’ve enjoyed collecting them for you – and above all, we hope you’ve found the recipe you needed for making a DIY horsefly spray of your own.