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Horseware Waterproof Fly Rug Liner White Horseware Waterproof Fly Rug Liner White
£36.00
£32.99
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…
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…
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.
Shires Tempest Original Waterproof Fly Rug Teal Shires Tempest Original Waterproof Fly Rug Teal
£54.99
£48.95
Shires Tempest Original Waterproof Fly Rug Teal Ideal for changeable warm weather when flies are a problem. Rainwater runs off the top ripstop section which also blocks 90%* of UV radiation. Ultra-breathable side panels dry quickly and allow free transfer of air to keep the horse cool. High UV protection blocks biting insects waterproof and breathable half lined quick drying adjustable cross surci…
Shires Highlander Plus Sweet-itch Combo Shires Highlander Plus Sweet-itch Combo
£73.99
£64.99
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…
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
£91.95
£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…
Shires Tempest Original Fly Combo Rug White Shires Tempest Original Fly Combo Rug White
£44.99
£39.95
Shires Tempest Original Fly Combo Rug White This light and airy mesh fly rug does a great job of providing the horse with an effective barrier to flies and bugs whilst still allowing air flow. The breathable fabric is 80%* UV blocking helping to prevent sun burn and sun bleaching. Further features: lightweight and breathable anti-sun bleach chest straps with buckles adjustable cross surcingles, ad…
Shires Tempest Original Summer Shield with Mesh Shires Tempest Original Summer Shield with Mesh
£49.99
£44.50
Shires Tempest Original Summer Shield with Mesh Protect your horse against summer irritants such as heat, UV, flies and dust with the Summer Shield Rug. Light colour fabric stays cool and shields against sun bleach and biting flies. Safe for stable or field wear, durable ripstop fabric breathes to keep the horse comfortable. Quick drying fabric assists with moisture control to keep the horse dry.…
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 Bug Buster Vamoose Fly Rug Silver and Navy Amigo Bug Buster Vamoose Fly Rug Silver and Navy
£119.95
£102.95
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 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 Three-In-One Vamoose Rug Silver & Black Amigo Three-In-One Vamoose Rug Silver & Black
£125.95
£109.99
Amigo Three-In-One Vamoose Rug Silver & Black Protects your horse from flies and UV damage. Fabric 600d waterproof and breathable upper section, knitted mesh sides. Features Contoured waterproof and breathable top section ensures you peace of mind during unsettled weather by providing your horse shelter from the heavy rain and protecting their vital area’s whilst preventing overheating through the…
Bucas Buzz-Off Zebra Full-Neck Fly Rug Bucas Buzz-Off Zebra Full-Neck Fly Rug
£99.00
£88.99
Bucas Buzz-Off Zebra Full-Neck Fly Rug The Buzz-Off Zebra range of fly, insect and UV protective products are made from a specially developed light weight fine mesh fabric with Zebra print. This mesh blocks even the smallest of insects and reduces the effects of ultraviolet radiation. Research has discovered that flies hate the Zebra stripes as they find it confusing and so steer clear of them! Th…
Legacy Andromeda Fly Rug Combo Oyster Silver Legacy Andromeda Fly Rug Combo Oyster Silver
£39.95
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…
Rambo Protector Horse Fly Rug Oatmeal Rambo Protector Horse Fly Rug Oatmeal
£131.95
£118.99
Rambo Protector Horse Fly Rug Oatmeal The Rambo protector is specifically designed to offer superior protection from both flies and sunlight. Made from unique, patented and durable fabric this rug offers UV protection and is designed to last many seasons. Features of this rug include Improved hood shape for greater coverage when grazing, supersized tail flap, leg arches, belly protection, V-Front…
Shires Tempest Plus Sweet Itch Combo Rug White Shires Tempest Plus Sweet Itch Combo Rug White
£59.99
£52.95
Shires Tempest Plus Sweet Itch Combo Rug White The Tempest Plus Sweet-Itch Combo provides a highly effective barrier against fly irritation to help prevent sweet-itch. Generous coverage with an integrated contour neck, belly flap and large tail flap. The 90%* UV blocking upper fabric protects against sun burn and sun bleaching. Further features: high UV protection blocks biting insects breathable…
Weatherbeeta Airflow Combo Fly Rug Weatherbeeta Airflow Combo Fly Rug sale
£59.99
£45.00
Weatherbeeta Airflow Combo Fly Rug The Weatherbeeta Airflow Combo has a soft durable mesh material for total body fly protection with a combo neck, full wrap tail flap and belly flap. Additional features include a new elastic insert panel at the base of the combo neck for additional comfort whilst grazing, side gusset for ease of movement, twin chest straps and removable web leg straps.
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 600D Mesh Combo Fly Rug Weatherbeeta Comfitec 600D Mesh Combo Fly Rug sale
£89.99
£69.95
Weatherbeeta Comfitec 600D Mesh Combo Fly Rug The WeatherBeeta ComFiTec 600D/Mesh has a tough 600D ripstop waterproof upper panel with a mesh lower panel to allow for airflow. Features Ezi-Clip front closure thatÆs fast and easy to use, traditional side gusset for natural movement, elasticated and adjustable belly wrap and full tail wrap for ultimate protection and elasticated, adjustable and remo…
Weatherbeeta Shield Sweet Itch Combo Grey and Blue Weatherbeeta Shield Sweet Itch Combo Grey and Blue sale
£79.99
£58.99
Weatherbeeta Shield Sweet Itch Combo Grey and Blue WeatherBeeta Shield Sweet Itch Combo in Grey/Blue. The WeatherBeeta Shield Sweet Itch Combo offers full body protection from biting flies and UV rays. The rug features a full wrap tail flap, side gusset for easy movement, twin chest straps removable belly wrap and ear hood. The Shield Sweet Itch rug is made from strong, lightweight Oxford Polyeste…
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, Purple and Mint Amigo Bug Buster Vamoose Fly Rug Silver, Purple and Mint
£119.95
£102.95
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
£119.95
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 Aqua and Orange Amigo Evolution Aqua and Orange
£149.99
£135.00
Amigo Evolution Aqua and Orange Our premium hoody blanket acts as a barrier to protect your horse from summer skin irritations. Insects respond differently to different colours. Interestingly, most insects cannot perceive the colour orange or aqua, because their vision centres on different sections of the electromagnetic spectrum. This is a natural deterrent in itself. In addition it also features…

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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