If you are a horse owner and you have not yet invested in a fly rug for your horse, the summer months might well be the time. With the hot weather and numerous insects around, your horse will most definitely appreciate the extra level of protection a fly rug offers.
What Are the Benefits of using a fly rug on your horse?
A fly rug offers your horse protection from the elements and biting insects while he is out in the paddock. These are ‘sheets’ of fabric that cover as much or as little as the horse’s body as possible. Fly rugs are designed to keep a horse’s skin and coat protected against flies and other biting insects.
How does a fly rug help to protect your horse?
Generally, a fly rug will be designed to keep as much of the horse covered as possible while wearing it. The aim is to keep the horse’s skin from being exposed to any flying insects that could potentially land on and then bite the horse. Why are bites from flies bad news for horses? Well, among other things, a fly bite could result in a problem called sweet itch (well known among horse owners), as well as skin irritation problems. Flies landing on the horse can even cause stress and temper problems in certain individuals. Fly rugs are designed to restrict access to the horse’s skin and so keep it safe from harm and irritation.
Are fly rugs effective and are they worth the investment?
There’s a good reason that so many horse owners invest in fly rugs – especially in warmer weather. It’s really all about the comfort of the horse. Are fly rugs required for the horse’s continued good health? Not always, no. But that doesn’t mean that a fly rug won’t make them more comfortable, especially when they’re out on the field. Fly rugs are easy to fit to most horses, and many feature a convenient belly strap to ensure total coverage of the horse’s skin and coat. The fact that they can be used year on year as necessary makes fly rugs a very wise investment for any horse owner. Plus they can be found for very reasonable prices here on our website! Just click on Fly Rugs to view our available range.