Equine America Stinger fly and insect repellent: ‘keeps flies at bay for a few hours’ 6/10

Welcome to our group test of fly sprays. All of the sprays in this group test have been put through their paces by dressage rider Jamie Broom and his wife Georgi, who run a busy livery and training yard near Windsor. Find out what they thought below.

Equine America Stinger fly and insect repellent

Score

6/10
  • Performance:
    6/10
  • Long lasting:
    5/10
  • Ease of use:
    6/10
  • Value:
    6/10

Manufacturer:

Equine America

Price as reviewed:

£16 for 750ml

Official description

Equine America Stinger fly and insect repellent is an effective spray for the relief of flying and biting insects including midges. Each application is effective for up to seven hours, depending on the weather conditions. It is invisible on application and is safe for your horse and the environment. It is supplied in an easy to hold spray bottle.

First impressions

The bottle was very thin, so much so that you could smell the fly spray in your hand after picking it up. I did like the branding as it really caught my eye.

Overview of performance

This was not effective as some of the others tested, but it did keep most of the flies at bay for a few hours — I found I had to keep reapplying after a couple of hours. It was quite creamy, but did go onto the horses’ coats well.

Georgi’s likes and dislikes

The spray is easy enough to use, but the bottle is too thin and so not hard-wearing enough. It wasn’t really effective at repelling horse flies.

Verdict

It does work, but it’s quite expensive and I think that there are better fly sprays out there.