Flies and midges can be really annoying for your pony because, apart from swishing his tail at them, there’s not a lot he can do to get them to go away. And it’s not just that they’re annoying – some bite, too. Luckily, there are a few things you can do for your pony to help him fight the flies.
Think about management
Flies are most active during the day, so if your pony’s particularly bothered by them you might want to consider changing his turnout routine so he’s in during the day and out at night. When he’s turned out, make sure he has a friend so they can stand nose-to-tail to give each other a helping hand at keeping the flies away. It’s a good idea if your pony has a shelter to escape the flies, too.
There are some things you can’t change, but should be aware of – for example, the location of your yard. If it’s near a river or pond, or sheltered from wind, there will always be more flies.
- still air – perfect flying conditions
- stagnant water – ideal for breeding, eww!
- light – easy to navigate
- poo – mmmm, tasty!
- easy access to your pony – less work
- dusk and dawn – perfect temperature
Flies don’t like…
- windier places – harder to fly
- dark areas, such as shelters – they don’t adjust to changing light very well
- fly sprays – they hate the smell
- getting swished by a tail – ouch!
- zebra print – too confusing!
Find out more about flies and how to stop them bothering your fave pony in June PONY magazine, on sale now!