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Tackling Fly Season

Tackling Fly Season

Posted by Equine Essentials Direct on 8th May 2024

As horse owners eagerly await the arrival of summer with its longer days and sunny weather, there's one unavoidable downside: flies!

These persistent pests seem to be everywhere during the warmer months, causing annoyance to both horse and rider. That’s why here at Equine Essentials Direct, we have everything you need – from fly rugs to horse fly repellent - to keep your summer as fly free and enjoyable as possible.

Here's a quick guide on how to deter horse flies and keep your horse comfortable this summer with some of our favourite essentials:

Fly Rugs

A fly rug for horses serves as a shield against flies and biting insects, keeping your equine friend comfortable and irritation-free. Plus, it adds a touch of UV protection and helps them stay cool when the sun's beating down. Getting the right rug for your horse can make all the difference, but with so many options out there it can be tricky to know where to start – that’s where we’ve got you covered!

The Gallop Essentials Fly Rug has a fixed-neck cover for a comfortable fit. The white mesh ensures as much heat is redirected away from the horse as possible, while protecting from those pesky flies. It’s a great all-rounder at an affordable price point

Perfect for those needing an extra bit of durability and strength, this fly rug from Weatherbeeta features a tough but lightweight 100% nylon mesh outer with unique hexagon weave design with snag resistant mesh fabric – great for keeping those bugs at bay.

Waterproof Fly Rugs

Waterproof fly rugs offer the added benefit of shielding your horse from both bugs and rain. They're an essential addition to your horse's wardrobe, particularly during those unexpected summer showers, providing peace of mind and practicality in one durable package. Again, there’s no shortage of options out there – so we’ve narrowed it down to two of our favourites.

Rhinegold Mobassa Waterproof Topline Fly Rug With Neck Cover Designed for damp days and summer evenings. The brand-new Rhinegold Mobassa Fly Rug - which comes in two stylish colours - is made with a 600-denier waterproof topline with a robust but soft mesh lower part to the rug. If you’re looking for something to ward off those summer showers and chilly nights as summer eases into Autumn, then this is the one for you.

Finding a fly rug that’s waterproof, but also nice and breathable for your horse isn’t an easy task. This one from Shire Tempest strikes that perfect balance. Featuring a 90% UV blocking ripstop top section and ultra-breathable side panels, this high-quality piece of kit is ideal for keeping your horse both dry and cool in the summer weather.

Fly Masks

A fly mask is essential for horses in the warmer months, shielding their eyes and face from bothersome flies and harsh UV rays, ensuring their comfort and protection during sunny days.

The LeMieux Visor-Tex Full Fly Mask offers all-round protection from flies and midges while ensuring your horse stays cool and comfortable. The black UV protective mesh is breathable and provides protection from irritating insects while giving a clear, unobstructed view.

KM Elite’s ingenious fly mask features a unique reinforced band to keep the material away from the horse's eye area. It's made with extremely durable material and will protect against bugs, as well as offering UV protection for your horse.

Fly Repellent

Horse fly repellent provides dependable protection, keeping bugs at bay and your horse comfortable. It's an essential part of equine care, particularly during outdoor activities in the summertime.

NAF Off Extra Effect Fly Repellent Spray for Horses is a natural, powerful repellent for protection against flies, horse flies and other insects. It’s a must-have!

NAF Off Citronella Spray is a safe and effective solution which provides all-round protection from such flying pests as midges, mosquitos and flies.

For more ways to keep you and your horse happy this summer, check out our range of horse fly rugs, fly masks and fly protection products. Happy riding!