I've found that campho-phenique and tea tree oil, rubbed into the base of the ears, will keep ticks out of their ears at least. We feed diatomaceous earth every day, which helps cut down on the flies in the manure -- not completely, but it helps.
Try a citronella spray. I find them effective in repelling all kinds of insects, especially flies. You can buy citronella concentrate or you can get it premied. Also remember feeding garlic and trace minerals as well as diatomaceous earth. It makes a big difference.
In the stable environment, don't forget the use of plastic bags filled with water. I am experiementing with those acrylic "twirl/twisty" type things, using the lighter colors which resemble water on our patio. I hung them late last season and it seems to work OK. They are easier to wipe clean than the water bags.
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Betsy Ross, a natural cattle producer from Taylor, TX, is spraying her animals with compost tea to get rid of flies for a long time. She also sprays her pastures so the animals are getting good nutrition, too. If your horses are grazing your pastures, you might try that.
Carhoods, we try to stay on topic within a thread. Your question is a good one but nobody would be looking for it under this thread. Suggest you open a new topic with your new subject.
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