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Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray Review
- Review Of: Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray For Horses
- The Short Version: We liked this fly spray. It worked in the pasture much better than cheaper brands we had tried. It worked about as well as Endure Sweat Resistant Fly Spray, but is slightly less expensive.
- Disclosure: Here at CowboyWay.com we purchased the product reviewed on this page with our own money. The opinions expressed here are our own.
Here at CowboyWay.com we'd heard good things about Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray fly spray for horses. So, we bought our first bottle to see if it would work for us.
Specifically, we wanted to know if Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray would keep biting insects off of or horses in the pasture. During late spring and summer months less expensive brands of fly spray seemed useless in the pasture, and we wanted to know how Wipe 'N Spray would compare.
How We Tested Pyranha
- We used four different horses for the tests.
- We compared Pyranha to several other spray-on fly sprays for horses (see the bottom of this page).
- We caught the horses and did our tests at about the same time each day, and during approximately the same weather conditions.
- The season we tested in was late spring and on into summer.
- We tested the fly sprays around the barn and pens, and also in the pasture.
Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray - The Tests
The first day we tested Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray we sprayed one of the horses with it and rode her in a pen for some roping practice. It had a nice scent, a good sprayer, and left a nice (if somewhat minimal) shine. NOTE: We did not brush the horse to bring out a "bright sheen" as instructed by the label.
The pen was clean (no fresh manure, not much dry manure, etc.) with a dirt surface. We rode the horse mostly at a walk, and there was a breeze, so she didn't sweat. Even though we consider these conditions minimally challenging for a fly spray, we have to say the Pyranha performed very well.
Slightly over an hour after we had initially sprayed the horse we turned her out, and we were just beginning to notice she was starting to fight a few flies.
The next day we sprayed a different horse with Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray and headed out into the pasture. It was warm and humid with a breeze, and we could hear lots of buzzing from different insects all around us. Our first challenge was to see if we could walk without becoming an all-you-can-eat insect buffet; using a cheaper brand of fly spray on the same horse the day before the insects bites were so unrelenting that we had to trot or slow gallop just to keep the horse from being miserable. The Pyranha performed very well, no bites that we noticed, and we quickly discovered we could walk as much as we wanted without any insect troubles.
Since the Pyranha passed the "walk" test, it was time to bump it up a notch. We began trotting, and mostly trotted for the next 50 minutes interspersed with short breaks at a walk. Even though the horse was accustomed to this type of riding, it was warm and humid and he soon broke out all over into a sweat. To our surprise, the Pyranha continued to work very well. While some other brands of horse fly spray, like Endure, claim on the label that they are sweat-proof, the Pyranha label doesn't make any such claims. Even so, a sweat-covered horse didn't seem to affect Pyranha's performance. We made a point of walking back to the house for approximately 1/4 of a mile, and the walk was insect-bite free.
Similar to the test the day before, it was slightly over an hour after we had initially sprayed the horse that we turned him out and we were just beginning to notice he was starting to fight a few flies.
Day Three and On
We continued testing Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray like we did the first two days: Some days we would ride the horse in the pen, and other days we would ride the horse in the pasture. The Pyranha continued to perform well in both circumstances, even with a sweaty horse.
Most days the Pyranha seemed to wear off, for pasture riding purposes, in about an hour, or occasionally, up to an hour-and-half. On a day the horseshoer came and the horses were waiting in line up at the pens to be shod, we didn't have to re-spray with Pyranha for one hour and fifty minutes.
Below: Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray ingredients.
How The Fly Sprays Stacked Up
Earlier we mentioned we tested Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray against several other spray-on fly sprays for horses. The other fly sprays were:
Endure Sweat-Resistant Fly Spray For Horses, another premium brand
- We thought the Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray and the Endure were very comparable. Both performed very well in the pen, but most importantly to us, they both performed very well in the pasture. For pasture-riding purposes they lasted about the same amount of time, about an hour or sometimes up to an hour-and-a-half, but they both lasted longer up around the pens.
- GPS Fly-Die and Bronco, two economy brands.
- Both the GPS Fly-Die and Bronco provide our horses with minimal protection during peak summer months. We do find them helpful in the spring and fall, but in the summer they last less than an hour, perform only moderately well in the pen, and are only slightly better than no fly spray at all in the pasture.
- A homemade fly spray made with essential oils and coconut oil. You
can read about how to make this recipe on this page (it's recipe #3):
Homemade Horse Fly Spray
The homemade fly spray made with essential oils and coconut oil was a total failure. The horses smelled great, but if it provided any insect protection at all it was hard to tell and wore off almost immediately.
Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray Review - Summary
- We liked Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray. While it wasn't perfect - we would like for it to have lasted longer - but it did perform very well in the pasture for about an hour or sometimes slightly over, even with a sweaty horse.
- We liked the Endure brand of fly spray, too (Endure review) and thought it might even have a slight edge in how long it lasted.
- Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray, however, costs less than Endure; significantly less when purchased by the gallon. Even though the Endure seemed to have an ever-so-slight edge in how long it lasted, the edge was so slight that, for the money, we thought the Pyranha Wipe 'N Spray was a better deal.
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