The Nearly Fly-Free Horse Farm



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It’s almost summertime. During barn  chores we pause in the sun, satisfied just to watch our horses graze peacefully in the green grass. What could be better? Well, there is the fly situation; they’re everywhere, buzzing around our faces and pestering the horses, which are constantly shaking their heads, swishing tails, and stomping feet.

Flies on farms and ranches can be extremely annoying for all who encounter them. While it’s not possible to create an entirely fly-free environment, you can take steps to help reduce and manage their numbers.

In this free download we’ll describe a variety of fly control methods targeting different life stages.


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Alayne Blickle, a lifelong equestrian and ranch riding competitor, is the creator/director of Horses for Clean Water, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed environmental education program for horse owners. Well-known for her enthusiastic, down-to-earth approach, Blickle is an educator and photojournalist who has worked with horse and livestock owners since 1990 teaching manure composting, pasture management, mud and dust control, water conservation, chemical use reduction, firewise, and wildlife enhancement. She teaches and travels North America and writes for horse publications. Blickle and her husband raise and train their mustangs and quarter horses at their eco-sensitive guest ranch, Sweet Pepper Ranch, in sunny Nampa, Idaho.

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