I have been a longtime fan of yellow Pyranha Wipe n' Spray. Nothing else seems to work quite as well, and bonus, it's oil-based, so it always made Connor look shiny. (And then dusty a few minutes later, but he'd look good in the show ring!)
They tout the fact that it's water-based above everything else, since I guess a lot of people don't like that about Yellow Pyranha. The oil-based formula does attract dust and leave a sheen on the barn floor when I'm done with it. What caught my eye, though, is that this one wards off a broader range of insects than Yellow Pyranha, including ticks.
|Not shown on this label, but it does say ticks elsewhere on the bottle.|
I've been using it now for this entire season (halfway through already, can you believe it? I'll be clipping in just over three months!) and I actually haven't seen a single tick on Connor this year. So...it's working? One way or another, it's just as effective as Yellow Pyranha at flies, so I'll keep using it. It also definitely doesn't attract dust or leave a sheen on the barn floor like Yellow Pyranha.
I bought one bottle for around $16, and when that was about gone, I bought this:
four refills for $49.95 at Riding Warehouse, or $12.48 a bottle. If you're smart, unlike me, and didn't order it days before RW's 15% off sale, you could've gotten it for $42.46 or $10.60 a bottle. It also comes in a tiny trail size bottle size that's designed to be dropped in a saddle bag and applied on the trail.
For me, Yellow Pyranha is officially out and Blue Pyranha is officially in! Has anyone else tried it yet? What's your current favorite fly spray?