Pre-Coated Fly Rugs
A pre-coated fly rug is coated in a fly free rug spray that kills any insects on contact. This instant defence helps to reduce the spread of disease, as well as provide an extra line of defence against the invading threat of flies.
Sweet Itch Rugs
When it comes to Sweet Itch the best course of action is to give your horse as much protection as possible to limit the chance of your horse reacting to midge bites. Though a common skin allergy, a horse suffering from Sweet Itch can be made to suffer from severe itchiness if a midge bites them, as the protein in the midge’s saliva causes the horse’s immune system to overreact and attack its own cells. Therefore, it’s best to purchase a fly rug with a tight weave and hood to ensure that the horse’s most susceptible areas are well covered.
Waterproof Fly Rugs
Despite it being summer, it doesn’t mean that every day is going to be bright sunshine, more than likely there are going to be a few heavy showers along the way. Though slightly limited in their selection, waterproof fly rugs enable your horse to be protected from the flies as well as being less likely to be drenched from the rain. Many waterproof fly rugs come with breathable and detachable waterproof linings, meaning that you only have to attach the waterproof element when it’s raining, and then easily remove it once to weather decides to brighten up.
UV Protection Fly Rugs
Another thing to consider when buying a fly rug for the summer is if your horse is sensitive to sunrays. For some horses that have sensitive skin, the UV light from the sun can stimulate sunburn on the sensitive areas of the horse, resulting in discomfort, redness and peeling. As well as this, the sun’s light can also target horses with darker coat colours, causing their coat colour to become bleached. Fortunately, many fly rugs have been adapted to not only prevent your horse from getting bitten by flies, but also fitted with a special material that reflects the sun’s rays to help keep your horse cool and sunburn free.