Spring is in the air, and with its arrival comes the promise of longer, warmer days perfect for fitting in that afternoon ride, budding flowers, and unfortunately, pesky insects. As horse owners, we know that the change in seasons also means it’s time to gear up for a battle against flies, ticks and parasites. Here at Greg Grant Saddlery, we have everything you need for spring preparation, from insecticides to fly protection and parasite prevention. 

  1. Fly Protection 

    Flies can be a significant nuisance for horses, causing stress, discomfort and even health issues! To combat these relentless pests, invest in quality fly masks, fly sheets, and insecticide sprays 

    A well-fitted fly mask with a sturdy mesh not only keeps the flies at bay but also ensures that your horse’s sensitive eyes remain protected from harmful UV rays.  

    Offering full-body fly protection, fly sheets are a horse's first line of defence against flies. Not only do they protect against bites and irritation, but they also keep your horse cool and comfortable. Here at Greg Grant Saddlery, we carry a wide selection of blankets, sheets, and masks that will provide your horse with the protection that they need from pesky flies and other biting insects. From lightweight mesh to durable canvas, we have a variety of fly protection options to choose from. 

    In addition to physical barriers, consider using insecticide sprays to further enhance your horse's protection. There are a variety of fly repellent products available, from sprays to wipes and roll-ons, all designed to deter flies and keep your horse itch-free. Be sure to choose a product that is safe for your horse's skin and follow the manufacturer's instructions for application. When applying fly spray to your horse, focus on areas where flies and other insects tend to congregate or irritate your horse the most. This typically includes spraying the fly repellent on their legs, belly, neck, and around their head and ears. Be cautious when spraying near the eyes and face, using a gentle hand to avoid contact with sensitive areas.

  2. Parasite Prevention 


    Spring is a crucial time to reassess your horse’s parasite prevention program.  
    Equine parasite prevention is a critical aspect of responsible horse care. These internal parasites, such as worms, can pose significant health risks to horses, affecting their digestion, nutrient absorption, and overall well-being. To safeguard your equine companion, a comprehensive parasite prevention program should be established in consultation with your veterinarian. A program typically involves regular deworming using appropriate medications, faecal testing to identify the specific parasites your horse may be carrying, and strategic pasture management practices like rotational grazing and manure removal. By staying proactive in your approach to equine parasite prevention, you help ensure your horse enjoys a healthy and happy life, free from the detrimental effects of internal parasites. 

  3. Hoof Care: Maintaining Solid Footing

    Spring showers tend to lead to muddy paddocks and pastures, which can take a toll on your horse's hooves. Regular hoof care is crucial to prevent issues like thrush or lameness. Schedule regular visits from your farrier to trim and maintain your horse’s hooves. Consider using hoof boots or treatments if your horse is prone to sensitivity or mud-related hoof problems.  

  4. Pasture Management: Grazing with a Plan 

    Spring pastures are a tempting buffet for horses, but overgrazing can lead to nutrient imbalances and an increased risk of laminitis. Implement a pasture management plan which may include rotational grazing to allow grass to recover and prevent overgrazing.  

Spring is a season of new beginnings, and with the right essentials in your toolkit, you and your horse can embark on exciting adventures together. By investing in fly protection, grooming supplies, hoof care, pasture management, health check-ups etc, you will be well-prepared to make the most of Spring with your horse!