Midge Control

Summer Freedom Salve Complete

Nettex Summer Freedom (previously known as Itch Stop) is an advanced salve which helps repel and protect against insects and biting flies. This unique formulation also contains margosa (neem) and eucalyptus and has wonderfully soothing and disinfecting properties.

Available in:

  • 300ml — Code FG04249 — RRP £20.50
  • 600ml — Code FG02252 — RRP £35.05

Nettex Summer Freedom (previously known as Itch Stop) is an advanced salve which helps repel and protect against insects and biting flies. This unique formulation also contains margosa (neem) and eucalyptus and has wonderfully soothing and disinfecting properties. Here are some top tips to get the most out of this summer season:

  • Preventative strategies are the key to itch control.
  • Start early! Use Summer Freedom as the weather warms with a once weekly application.
  • Soothe, sanitise and disinfect minor sores with Summer Freedom and help break the itch, scratch cycle.
  • Summer Freedom repels against new bites and supports hair regrowth.
  • Weather resistant, simple to apply and will not matt the horse’s hair.
  • We do not recommend you apply under fly masks as may cause irritation.
  • If using product for the first time we always recommend a patch test first.
  • Ideal to apply around sarcoids to help prevent irritation from flies.
  • We also recommend bathing where or when necessary to remove build-up of grime and dirt with everyday conditioning shampoo. This is kind to skin and does not strip coat of natural oils.
  • 600ml tub can last 6-8 weeks


  • Apply directly to any area that has been affected or prone to attack using a clean sponge.
  • In most cases one application a week is sufficient. In severe cases if the itch, rub, scratch cycle has started it may need to be applied more regularly.
  • For best results prewash with Nettex Everyday Shampoo before applying to remove any grease, dirt or debris and sanitise the skin.
  • Repeat application after heavy rainfall, bathing or heavy sweating. Do not use under saddlery areas or fly rugs as may cause irritation from sweating.
  • For maximum results apply as early as February to prevent midge attacks taking hold. The mane, tail and rump areas are most prone to attack.

Key ingredients: NN- Diethyl-M-Tolumide 2.45%, Margosa extract 2.0%, Eucalyptus citriodora, hydrated, cyclized 0.64%

I am so impressed with this product. My horse has scabs in his heels that have been so difficult to remove, within 5 days of using the salve the scabs are clearing up and the heels look fantastic. The added bonus is my hands feel soft after application!



I absolutely LOVE the Summer Freedom salve for both my sweet itch mare and my youngster. I apply on the ‘belly button’ area of my sweet itch mare, because even a fly rug doesn’t cover her there. She also quite often rubs her face/forelock too. The salve is amazing and quite obviously keeps bugs away for multiple days as well as soothing and healing at the same time. Even with 2 horses a tub lasts me ages - it’s certainly one of my favourite summer products!!



Nettex Equine fly cream makes summer so much easier for me and my horses! My horse has really delicate skin which made her very itchy and flies caused bold patches to appear all over her coat until I came across this fly cream! I started to apply as much as needed in the delicate areas and started to see an improvement in days! The flies started to leave her alone and her coat already began to grow back! I now use this product weekly and it works Magic for my horse! I would 100% recommend for horses with all different skin types.. dense or sensitive!!



NETTEX Summer Freedom Salve Complete has worked wonders for Milo. In the past his sheath had become quite swollen and hot with the flies and midges biting him. I applied NETTEX Summer Freedom Salve Complete once a day from when I noticed the swelling and after around 48hrs the swelling and heat had gone. We now use it on him every day during spring and summer months and we would not be without it.


Karen Kirby, Dressage Rider, Worcestershire

My 23 year old Red Icelandic Chestnut Jofur has suffered with bad skin irritation from fly and midge bites and hair loss from the itching and scratching. We tried to keep him protected with fly rugs but somehow he still managed to rub through them which ended up costing us a fortune! Last summer we tried Nettex Summer Freedom and we saw results almost immediately. Ever since he has suffered with no irritation and his tail hair has grown back more luxurious than ever. This year we are taking no chances, he has his rugs and hoods on however he is a clever and cunning Icelandic and he has been known to escape them from time to time so we always ensure that we apply Nettex Summer Freedom on any exposed areas for extra protection. We wouldn’t be without this product it is worth every penny!


Dorothy Thomas‎, Dressage and Event Rider, North Berwick,

I have been using your Summer Freedom this year on one of my ponies, he suffers really badly from sweet itch, it is fantastic! Lasts for ages and washes off easily, to be honest some show days I have left it on and just plaited him up as normal and brushed the rest into his coat. lol.


Jeanette Sutton

I just wanted to get in touch and say a massive thank you for the amazing product that is Summer Freedom (was Itch Stop). I have a 2yr old New Forest gelding who developed pretty severe sweet itch this June. Having not bothered about midges at all in previous years, it was a huge shock. He was in such a state of ‘self-harming’, literally scratching huge chunks of skin clean off, bleeding and raw, despite using various topical treatments, that we were seriously considering whether it would be kinder to put him down – safe to say I wasn’t dealing with that prospect terribly well. I called into my local saddler to grab another bottle of something that wasn’t having much effect at all, and by chance saw Itch Stop. I confess I buckled at the price tag, but was willing to give anything a go. In hindsight, whilst it was expensive to buy, the fact it’s a once a week application makes it quite reasonable really. What an amazing change! Cashew seemed instantly soothed as I applied the cream (to a huge proportion of him, as he was in such a mess!), and the cycle of self-harming stopped overnight because he was able to get a break from the itching for long enough that he then forgot to scratch. Over the last 4 weeks, he’s gone from strength to strength. Raw patches scabbed over, then healed totally, and now have full regrowth of hair. He has a mane again – albeit only an inch long so far! – and a nearly-normal looking tail instead of a bald, raw dock. So an enormous thank you from me, and from one seriously itchy little pony who can hopefully now go from strength to strength (and get plastered in Itch Stop straight away at the first sign of an insect next year!). Absolutely miraculous!



Just wanted to let you know how much I adore your Summer Freedom Salve. I have a little pony who has come a long way with her fears (she is a rescue from the WHW) but will not tolerate any sprays of any sort and has issues about her head, but finds summer a trying time and will itch till she bleeds. But this year, although I found it a little late after she had rubbed her tail to almost bald and a few bits of broken skin on her head and neck, I started to apply the Itch Stop (as it’s a cream type I can get it on her) and I am just delighted to say her tail is growing back, and we have (touch wood) no raw spots anywhere. I reapply almost daily – if she starts somewhere new I can plaster the salve on and it stops the cycle. You cannot imagine the relief and I am so happy she is feeling less troubled and the flies have been awful this year so a strong test. So I am off to buy another pot.


Summer Freedom Salve

Summer Freedom is so important in my life, as currently my family have three horses, Wizard (Chestnut), Molly (Black Mare) and Misti (Little Grey Welshie). The horses were so itchy sometimes they would itch until they bled and my mother told me there wasn’t much that could be done apart from keeping them rugged up. I tried everything, and nothing worked that is until we found Nettex Summer Freedom and our horse’s skin looked soothed and you could see that hair had started to grow in under a week! This really is the best stuff out there!

Naomi Purkis, 19

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