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Amigo Aussie All Rounder Disc Front Water Resistant 600D Summer Horse Rug - White/Burgundy Amigo Aussie All Rounder Disc Front Water Resistant 600D Summer Horse Rug - White/Burgundy new
£95.95
£79.95
Amigo Aussie All Rounder Disc Front Water Ressistant 600D Summer Horse Rug Classic fly and UV protection now with Disc-front closure. Fabric: Water resistant, lightweight polyester ripstop outer. Features: On trend burgundy trims and green pattern colourway. Fabric protects the horse’s coat from UV damage and keeps flies away. Now with Disc-Front closure and Surefit neck design for the ultimate fi…
Bridleway Fly Sheet Bridleway Fly Sheet
£25.75
Bridleway Fly Sheet This useful fly rug is made from cooling mesh fabric making it ideal for warmer weather when flies are about. Benefitting from two chest straps, adjustable belly flap, a large tail flap and a fillet strap.
Legacy Andromeda Fly Rug Combo Oyster Silver Legacy Andromeda Fly Rug Combo Oyster Silver sale
£39.95
£34.99
Legacy Andromeda Fly Combo Our new Andromeda Fly Combo is constructed from a soft tight weave mesh designed to provide the ultimate protection against flies. To enable freedom of movement our rugs feature shoulder gussets and a Lycra neck gusset. All potential run areas of the rug have a soft satin liner ensuring the most comfortable fit possible. The belly flap features adjustable straps, offerin…
Shires Highlander Plus Sweet-itch Combo Shires Highlander Plus Sweet-itch Combo
£73.99
£63.95
Shires Highlander Plus Sweet-itch Combo Shires' complete protection against sweet-itch. Creating a barrier to biting insects this lightweight, breathable rug features a grazing-friendly hood and super large tail flap to help keep the body, neck and poll covered at all times. The fabric also helps protect the horse from sun bleaching, dust and dirt making it an excellent all round summer rug. Ripst…
Shires Tempest Original Zeb-Tek Fly Combo Rug Zebra Print Shires Tempest Original Zeb-Tek Fly Combo Rug Zebra Print
£49.99
£44.95
Shires Tempest Original Zeb-Tek Fly Combo Rug Zebra Print Inspired by nature and informed by science, this fly rug uses zebra stripes to deter bothersome flies and biting insects. Scientific research* shows that stripes effectively prevent flies from landing on the horse. Ultra-breathable fabric blocks 80%* of UV radiation. - Lightweight - Blocks biting insects - Breathable - Adjustable cross surc…
Shires Highlander Plus Waterproof Fly Rug Shires Highlander Plus Waterproof Fly Rug
£89.99
£76.95
Shires Highlander Plus Waterproof Fly Rug An ideal fly rug for changeable climates. A waterproof, breathable upper section helps prevent rain scald and discomfort from a wet rug. The lower mesh section protects against fly penetration, dries quickly and promotes air flow to keep the horse cool. 90%* UV radiation blocking upper fabric protects against sun burn and sun bleaching. Further features: w…
Shires Tempest Original Dandelion Fly Combo Shires Tempest Original Dandelion Fly Combo sale
£55.99
£39.99
Shires Tempest Original Dandelion Fly Combo This light and airy dandelion printed fly rug is made from a tight knit mesh fabric to provide a barrier to biting insects whilst enabling air to flow, keeping the horse comfortable in warmer weather. The fabric also protects against sun bleach. The fly combo benefits from twin chest straps with buckles, adjustable cross surcingles, touch close neck fast…
Bucas Sweet-Itch Light X - Silver/Blue Bucas Sweet-Itch Light X - Silver/Blue
£115.00
Bucas Sweet-itch Light X - Silver/Blue The Bucas X Range are specially developed fly rugs that help protect your horse from flies and offer great UV protection. The Sweet-Itch X Light is an extra deep Sweet-itch protective rug that combines an upper part in a solid polyester fabric for maximum protection and a lower part in a mesh fabric offering both fly protection and good air circulation. SILK-…
Horseware Waterproof Fly Rug Liner White Horseware Waterproof Fly Rug Liner White
£36.00
£34.50
Horseware Waterproof Fly Rug Liner White The Horseware Fly Rug Liner has a waterproof polyester outer with a shine enhancing polyester lining. This lightweight flyrug is ideal for wet summer weather as it is highly breathable and so protects your horse while minimising sweating. Turn Your Fly Rug Into A Lightweight Turnout. Fabric Waterproof polyester outer and polyester lining polishes the coat a…
Masta Basic Fly Rug - White Masta Basic Fly Rug - White sale
£30.00
£24.99
Masta Basic Fly Rug - White PROTECTION: Soft polyester fly mesh with integrated neck cover and tail flap provides protection against flies and insects. EASY TO USE FASTENINGS: Touch close fastenings at neck, twin front fastenings and low cross surcingles for quick and secure fit. SAFETY: Reflective Masta Badge.
Rambo Sweet Itch Hoody Vamoose Baby Blue amd Navy Rambo Sweet Itch Hoody Vamoose Baby Blue amd Navy
£178.95
£136.99
Rambo Sweet Itch Hoody Vamoose Baby Blue amd Navy Our premium hoody rug acts as a barrier to protect your horse from summer skin irritations. Treated Treated with our Vamoose® insect control technology. Fabric Made from durable close woven 1000D polyester to prevent irritation from even the smallest of flies whilst offering UV protection. The unique material is super soft, comfortable and made to…
Shires Highlander Plus Fly Sheet Combo Shires Highlander Plus Fly Sheet Combo
£75.99
£65.95
Shires Highlander Plus Fly Sheet Combo For comprehensive coverage against biting insects, the Highlander Plus fly rug features a generous neck cover which stays over the poll even when grazing. The adjustable belly flap and large pleated tail flap also help keep the horse fully covered. 80%* UV blocking upper fabric protects against sun burn and sun bleaching. Further features: maximum coverage ag…
Shires Highlander Plus Sun Shade Fly Combo Shires Highlander Plus Sun Shade Fly Combo
£79.99
£69.95
Shires Highlander Plus Sun Shade Fly Combo Ideal for sun-sensitive horses who need protecting against biting insects. The top section blocks 90%* of UV radiation, the extended neck provides protection even when grazing. Ultra-breathable side panels allow free transfer of air to keep the horse cool. The large belly flap, stretch ear panel and extra large pleated tail flap offer the horse maximum co…
Shires Tempest Original Waterproof Fly Rug Grey Shires Tempest Original Waterproof Fly Rug Grey new
£49.95
Shires Tempest Original Waterproof Fly Rug Grey Ideal for changeable warm weather when flies are a problem. Rainwater runs off the 90% UV blocking* ripstop top section , ultra-breathable side panels dry quickly and allow free transfer of air to keep the horse cool. Further features: Versatile fly protection. Waterproof & breathable top section. Quick dry mesh sides Buckle chest straps. Adjustable…
Weatherbeeta Airflow Pony Combo Fly Rug Weatherbeeta Airflow Pony Combo Fly Rug sale
£59.99
£44.99
- Soft, durable and lightweight polyester mesh outer for protection from insects whilst keeping your pony cool on warmer days- Traditional side gusset to aid natural movement- Removable belly wrap and combo neck for total body protection- Full Wrap Tail Flap has gussets to allow full tail movement and wraps around the quarters for full weather protection- Adjustable twin chest straps and adjustabl…
Weatherbeeta ComFiTec Essential Mesh Combo Neck Grey / Blue / Bright Green Weatherbeeta ComFiTec Essential Mesh Combo Neck Grey / Blue / Bright Green sale
£54.99
£37.99
Weatherbeeta ComFiTec Essential Mesh Combo Neck Grey / Blue / Bright Green Classic style at a great price. The WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Essential Mesh Combo features: Durable soft mesh outer 210T nylon lining at the shoulders, mane and tail Twin adjustable surcingle front closure with touch tape Traditional side gusset for natural movement Large tail flap Low cross surcingles Adjustable and removable…
Amigo Airflow Rug Green/Purple/Mint Amigo Airflow Rug Green/Purple/Mint
£99.95
Amigo Airflow Rug Green/Purple/Mint The Amigo® Airflow has a cotton and polyester mix upper to help deflect the sun’s harmful rays and summer showers whilst protecting your horse against insects. Polyester mesh side panels reduce weight and offer improved airflow to help keep your horse cool on hot days. * Wear with field safe headcollar for added security. * Compatible with waterproof fly rug lin…
Amigo Bug Buster Vamoose Fly Rug Silver and Navy Amigo Bug Buster Vamoose Fly Rug Silver and Navy
£119.95
£99.99
Amigo Bug Buster Vamoose with No-Fly Zone Silver and Navy The Amigo Fly Buster Vamoose is an excellent value rug with dual effectiveness to combat flies. This lightweight and breathable fly sheet is made from a knitted polyester fabric and is soft and durable. Treated with our Vamoose technology and with strong sun reflecting properties, this rug offers great protection for the spring summer seaso…
Amigo Bug Buster Vamoose Fly Rug Silver, Purple and Mint Amigo Bug Buster Vamoose Fly Rug Silver, Purple and Mint
£119.95
£99.99
Amigo Bug Buster Vamoose with No-Fly Zone Silver and Purple - Does not incluse fly mask The Amigo Fly Buster Vamoose is an excellent value rug with dual effectiveness to combat flies. This lightweight and breathable fly sheet is made from a knitted polyester fabric and is soft and durable. Treated with our Vamoose technology and with strong sun reflecting properties, this rug offers great protecti…
Amigo Bug Buster Vamoose Fly Rug Silver/Plum Amigo Bug Buster Vamoose Fly Rug Silver/Plum
£131.95
£99.99
Amigo Bug Buster Vamoose Fly Rug Silver/Plum Treated with our Vamoose® technology. Fabric The knitted polyester fabric is soft, absorbent and strong with sun reflecting properties. Features Supersized tail flap with silky lining. Leg arches. Belly protection. Classic front closure. Shoulder and mane lining. Three straight surcingles. Removable neck cover. Silver colour with sun reflecting properti…
Amigo Evolution Rug Disc Front Closure Aqua and Orange Amigo Evolution Rug Disc Front Closure Aqua and Orange
£139.99
£126.95
Amigo Evolution Rug Disc Front Closure Aqua and Orange In our development of the new Evolution Fly Sheet in aqua/orange, we carried out extensive research to support our use of this colour combination. Most insects have what are known as ‘compound eyes’, which restrict their ability to see certain colours. In fact, research has shown that certain insects are not attracted to yellow, aqua or orange…
Amigo Evolution VAMOOSE Rug Disc Front Closure Aqua and Orange Amigo Evolution VAMOOSE Rug Disc Front Closure Aqua and Orange
£155.95
£138.95
Amigo Evolution Vamoose Rug Disc Front Closure Aqua and Orange Combining the latest colour technology with our revolutionary Vamoose insect control technology. In our development of the new Evolution Fly Sheet in aqua/orange, we carried out extensive research to support our use of this colour combination. Most insects have what are known as ‘compound eyes’, which restrict their ability to see cert…
Amigo Fly Rider Horse Fly Rug Navy & Silver Amigo Fly Rider Horse Fly Rug Navy & Silver
£63.95
£57.95
Amigo Fly Rider Horse Fly Rug Navy & Silver The Amigo Flyrider is a lightweight rug designed to protect your horse from flies while you ride. Features of this rug include a contoured body shape to fit around the saddle, a detachable, easy opening larger hood, and a loop to connect the hood to the bridle to prevent the hood from slipping back while riding.
Amigo Pony Bug Rug Vamoose Fly Rug Horse Print Amigo Pony Bug Rug Vamoose Fly Rug Horse Print
£95.95
£79.95
Amigo Pony Bug Rug Vamoose Fly Rug Horse Print Treated with our Vamoose® technology. Fabric The knitted polyester fabric is soft, absorbent and strong with sun reflecting properties. Features Supersized tail flap with silky lining. Leg arches. Belly protection. Classic front closure. Shoulder and mane lining. Three straight surcingles. Removable neck cover. Silver colour with sun reflecting proper…
Amigo Ripstop Hoody Azure Blue Amigo Ripstop Hoody Azure Blue
£104.95
£89.95
Amigo Ripstop Hoody Azure Blue Harnessing the ripstop technology this rug offers robust protection with its durable and closely woven fabric. Using a strong 600D polyester ripstop outer, the ripstop weave is constructed with reinforced cross sections that help prevent the growth of rips and tears forming on the body of the rug. Incorporating some of Horseware Ireland’s innovative features, the Ami…

We've got all the Fly rugs for horses you could possibly want!

You wouldn’t want to be pestered constantly by flies or to endure their painful bites. Your horse doesn’t either. Quite apart from the pain and irritation, flies are carriers of many unpleasant and serious diseases and so it is crucial to protect your horse. If you are trying to decide whether or not to invest in a fly rug then here’s the lowdown on the potential hazards of flying insects.

Fly Sheets for Horses: an Essential Investment

Flying insects represent a serious hazard for horses and for a variety of reasons. Horse flies, deer flies, stable flies, gnats, bot flies and even houseflies can prove problematic and so it makes sense to provide the best possible protection for your horse. This protection comes in various forms such as fly sheets for horses, fly repellent products, fly masks and even fly traps are available.

Horse-fly

Horseflies really pack punch as they literally tear the flesh in order to feed on blood. When Horseflies bite to feed on blood they literally rip open the skin and this is very painful as you will know if you have ever been bitten yourself. The pain is one thing but the flies may be carrying equine infectious anaemia, anthrax or contagious conjunctivitis. The bites can also lead to dermatitis, skin eruptions, lesions, abrasions, scabbing, fungal diseases and hair loss. To make matters worse the wounds are the perfect places for blowflies and screwworm flies to lay their eggs. When the larvae hatch they will feed on the horse’s tissues and this can be deadly.

Botflies

Botflies use horses as a valuable support of their lifecycle by laying their eggs in areas such as the horse’s shoulders and legs. These areas of the body are easily reached by the horses’ mouths and so they can then ingest the larvae. These will then attach to the stomach wall. After around nine months they will be passed via the horse’s manure to begin the flies’ life cycle again. Botflies use horses as hosts for their eggs and lay them in areas which the horses can reach with their mouths. This means that eggs and larvae can be ingested after which they will attach to the horse’s stomach wall.

Gnats

Blood sucking gnats may also bite horses and these bites can cause horses to toss their heads and to bite or to rub the affected areas. Gnats secrete a toxin which can lead to respiratory depression and cardiac arrest. Scabs or blisters may also form.

Houseflies

Some non-biting species like houseflies and bot flies can be unpleasant irritants for horses. They feed on eye, nose and mouth secretions which is not good for horses’ health as these creatures are carriers of disease.

Foot Trouble

Horses can stomp excessively when being attacked by flies and this can loosen the nails that hold their shoes in place. When horses stomp they can also accidentally strike their own feet causing injuries. Particularly irritating flies, such as crab flies mainly form the New Forest, can also cause horses to kick out and potentially catch other horses or even people or equipment.

The crab flies were so irritating they caused a hoof hole in the stable wall!

Sweet Itch

Sweet Itch is a skin disease where horses are allergic to the saliva from midges. This causes the skin to become itchy and the reaction is to rub themselves, often around the mane and tail areas, becoming very sore and more at risk of skin infections. There are sweet itch fly sheets for horses designed with belly covers and neck extensions for greater coverage.

Why Fly Sheets?

So, you can see that it is vital that your horse is protected from flies. There are a number of measures that you can take including good husbandry and the use of fly repellents. However, one of the easiest ways to offer fly protection is to provide fly rugs or fly sheets for horses. These are designed to be comfortable for your horse and to allow freedom of movement but to prevent flies from biting and laying their eggs. A good fly sheet will also provide protection from the sun’s UV rays into the bargain. Some styles are impregnated with repellent for additional protection.

Fly sheets for horses require a modest investment that could save your equine friend from big trouble further down the line. They will serve your horse well (especially if they hate fly sprays) and are cost effective in the long run as they will reduce the chances of requiring veterinary treatment for a variety of conditions.

Flies can also cause horses to stomp which presents the risk of injury and the loosening of their shoes. All flies are a serious problem which should never be ignored or underestimated. One of the best ways to tackle the issue is the provision of a horse fly rug or fly sheet. These comfortable sheets do not impede movement but provide excellent protection from all flying insects.

Best fly rugs for horses

At Equi Supermarket we have an outstanding range of horse fly rugs which we have selected from the much admired Mark Todd, Masta, Weatherbeeta and Bridleway collections. You will also find exceptional fly sheets from Horseware Ireland’s Amigo and Rambo collections. Our high quality fly rugs and combo fly rugs protect you horse in the summer months when the flies are active but ensure that your horse remains cool. Our fly sheets are available in a variety of sizes with something to suit all horses. Which fly rug will you choose?

Want advise on choosing the best horse fly rug? If so, then this is a great article which should help.

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