Battle of the Fly Sprays! ft. eQuestri [REVIEW]

Fly season is still ongoing and two months ago, eQuestri were kind enough to send through 6 different fly sprays to try, test, and review. Big thanks to Jacky (founder of eQuestri) for her great support ❤


List of fly Sprays in best order:

  1. Veredus Defender Eco-Repellent
  2. Veredus Bio Repel Spray
  3. Veredus Bio Repel Gel
  4. Absorbine Ultra Shield EX
  5. Lincoln Water-based Fly Spray
  6. Veredus Raptor Fly Repellent 

1. Veredus Defender Eco-Repellent

Defender Eco Repellent is a non-toxic, hypo-allergenic formulation that is perfect for both horse and rider. It creates an impenetrable barrier against flies, ticks, horseflies and all other insects found in stables. The innovative solar filter prevents the active ingredients from being degraded by the sun.

IMG_6130  IMG_6131

This is the winner for me. Hands down one of the best fly sprays I have ever used. Not only is it non toxic, but also lasts and does the job so well! We normally get attacked by swarm of flies after passing garbage bins on our hacks, but they never followed us with this one which I’m so happy about at they really do bug you the whole way. The major downside to this is that the bottle is small for the price, and the nozzle is horrible it leaks nonstop and is hard to press. I would recommend transferring the content to another spray bottle.

Pros: Cons:
 Repels flies amazingly

•  Non toxic

•  Doesn’t sting or burn the eyes

•  Lasts long

•  Small bottle

•  Leaking nozzle

•  Full ingredients not listed

Verdict: My all time favorite fly spray. Enough said ❤

2. Veredus Bio Repel Spray

A natural and efficient defense against flies, mosquitoes, midges and insects in general.
The well-known fly repellent properties of citronella, geranium and cinnamon create a protective shield over the horse’s coat.
The balanced formula allows frequent use (even several times daily) to renew protection.
BIO REPEL Spray contains only natural extracts and is non-toxic.

IMG_6132  IMG_6133

This a great buy for transitioning into and out of fly season. It smells amazing and does the job, but not as much as I would like it do for throughout the season. I kept getting asked what fly spray I use while Tofino was on this as the smell is so good! It doesn’t burn your eyes and is not toxic which is always a positive. It comes in a generous bottle size and great nozzle too.

Pros: Cons:
 Repels flies (but needs to be re-applied often)

•  Natural

•  Non toxic

•  Doesn’t sting or burn the eyes

•  Smells amazing

•  Generous bottle

•  Not for heavy usage

•  Full ingredients not listed

Verdict: I love this fly spray for the transition between season. I would definitely purchase & recommend for that time of the year.

3. Veredus Bio Repel Gel

Fly repellent gel, non-toxic and hypo-allergenic, made of citronella, geranium and cinnamon.
Specially formulated for use on delicate and sensitive areas such as eyes and muzzle.

IMG_6125  IMG_6126

This is actually the first fly repellent gel i ever tried and so far it has worked really well especially for going on hacks. It gives that extra protection on your horses belly and face without being so strong. It doesn’t have a strong smell and doesn’t leave a sticky residue on your hands, nor does it dry them. It does work well keeping flies away and I have been using it every time we go on a hack as it is too messy for everyday (wish it came in a pump).

Pros: Cons:
 Repels flies

 Non toxic


•  Doesn’t dry

•  Not sticky

•  Messy

•  Full ingredients not listed

Verdict: I think this is a great gel, not a staple in the grooming box unless your horse is super sensitive and cant stand sprays. I would recommend this for those looking for a fly repel gel.

4. Absorbine Ultra Shield EX

Weatherproof and sweat-resistant insect repellent formula that is able to provide up to 17 days of protection. Kills and repels biting and nuisance flies, mosquitoes, ticks and gnats and also contains two sunscreens that extend the repellents effectiveness.

IMG_6128  IMG_6129

I love the bottle of this as it is a great size for price and the nozzle works super without leakage. I found that the Ultra Shield smelt very strong and burnt my eyes while spraying it on Tofino. It is full of chemicals and has so many warning labels on the back. That being said, it does do the job and keeps the fly away, however, within a weeks use, the flies seem to have gotten accustomed to it even though it says it lasts 17 days. I am not sure wether this is because most people at the stables use this or not but it seems to be the reason.

Pros: Cons:
 Does keep flies away (but not 17 days as stated)

•  Good nozzle


•   Full of chemicals

•   Burns eyes

•   Flies get used to it quickly

Verdict: I am personally not a fan of this fly spray but I know many who still use it. After trying the others out, I have found a safer alternative (Veredus defender)

5. Lincoln Water-based Fly Spray

LINCOLN WATER BASED FLY REPELLENT is a gentler water-based fly repellent with a powerful long lasting dual action formula. Contains DEET with the new generation fly repellent PMD. Non flammable.

IMG_6134  IMG_6135

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this fly spray did literally nothing to keep the flies away. It was rather disappointing especially as the bottle and the nozzle are SO COMFORTABLE and spray so well. But it had zero effect against the flies.

Pros: Cons:
 Great nozzle & bottle

•  No strong smell

•  Doesn’t work whatsoever!

Verdict: I would not recommend this fly spray for those here in Dubai. It might work well with other types of flies elsewhere.

6.Veredus Raptor Fly Repellent

Fly repellent with total action to protect horses from horse flies, house flies, stable flies, face flies, horn flies, deer flies, gnats, mosquitoes.
The combination of pyrethroids and insect repellent substances repels and kills flies, mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and horseflies.
Extremely efficient formula with sunscreen that prolongs the repellent action.

IMG_6136  IMG_6137

This was surprisingly disappointing. After reading the description I thought this would work well, but apparently not. It did repel flies but just barely. Perhaps for an hour max. The bottle is small for the price, and again, the nozzle isn’t great whatsoever. It does smell of chemicals yet doesn’t work so well which makes me continue to think that the flies at our barn got used to the chemical ingredients used in this and the ultra shield.

Pros: Cons:
 none •   Chemicals

•   Doesn’t keep flies away

•   Leaking nozzle

•   Small bottle

Verdict: I am personally not a fan of this fly spray but I know many who still use it. After trying the others out, I have found a safer alternative (Veredus defender)

I hope this helps you guys in finding the right fly spray for your horse. A big thanks again to eQuestri for giving me the great opportunity to test them out 😀



7 thoughts on “Battle of the Fly Sprays! ft. eQuestri [REVIEW]

  1. Hi! I have a horse with sensitive skin (he reacted quite badly to Pyrhana), but the Eqyss natural fly spray doesn’t keep flies off as well as I’d like. Which one of these would you recommend?


  2. I will have to look into Veredus fly spray. I have never heard of it before. I use Ultra Shield, it is one of the few products that actually works on the nasty flies around here.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s