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How To Use Vaseline Around Your Horses Eyes Safley!

The number of people keeping a horse has been increasing drastically recently and many more people have been getting involved in stable share programs to give them access to horses too.

This has resulted in a large number of people reaching out and asking various questions about caring for their horses correctly.

One question that we have noticed people asking more and more frequently is based around various ways that they can protect their horse’s eyes from flies while out riding.

Flies really can congregate around the eyes of a horse, especially in some of the warmer or more humid areas and many people use vaseline or petroleum jelly as a way to quickly, easily, and cheaply protect their horse’s eyes from flies.

Due to so many people asking about this, we have decided to publish our own article going over using vaseline around a horse’s eyes to try and help as many of our readers as possible.

Is Vaseline Safe To Use On Horses?

The simple answer to this question is yes, vaseline is safe to use on horses.

Vaseline is a product that has been around for many years and it is something that people have used on horses for just as long.

It acts as a barrier between the horse’s skin and the flies, stopping the flies from being able to land on the horse’s skin and bite them.

People use vaseline as a barrier on their horse in a wide range of different ways and on different areas of their horse.

When it comes to using vaseline around your horse’s eyes to protect the horse from flies, there is more of a risk in some cases.

This is usually due to people applying the vaseline too close to the eyes of the horse thinking that the closer they apply the vaseline the less likely it is for the flies to harass their horse.

There are a number of ways that your can apply vaseline to your horse’s eyes and still get great performance.

Our usual recommendation is to apply it around half an inch away from the actual eye to offer a good balance of safety for your horse’s eye and being able to be effective against flies.

How To Apply Vaseline To Your Horse’s Eyes!

When applying vaseline to your horse’s eyes, you want to make sure that you do not get any of the vaseline into their actual eye.

The best way to do this is to put a small amount of vaseline on your finger and then gently rub it around the area that you want to protect.

As we mentioned earlier in the article, we usually recommend that you apply the vaseline about half an inch away from your horse’s eye for the best performance.

Some people do put it closer and some people put it further away but we really do think that the half inch distance is the best option.

You really don’t have to apply much vaseline to your horse to deter flies from getting close to the eyes of the horse too.

Many people apply far too much and this can cause problems later on your ride while out on your horse if it starts raining and the vaseline ends up running in the rain and getting into the eyes of your horse.

When it comes to using vaseline around your horse’s eyes, less is usually more so keep that in mind!

How Do You Remove Vaseline From Around Your Horses Eyes?

Thankfully, vaseline is very easy to remove and you can usually remove it within seconds by wiping it away with a dry cloth.

This allows you to quickly remove the vaseline if you are out riding and the weather turns into heavy rain.

It also allows you to easily remove the vaseline when you get your horse back to the stables too making vaseline one of the better options for protecting your horse’s eyes from flies.

We know that a large number of people do use other alternative products to vaseline and although some can work better than vaseline, their prices are usually high.

This is why we feel that vaseline is the best option as it has a nice blend between performance and price.


We hope that you have found this article helpful and that you now feel confident in using vaseline around your horse’s eyes to protect them from flies.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to us and we will be happy to help you.