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Here are Horsemart’s 5 recommended fly rugs for the coming summer!

Summer is well and truly underway, and with the warmer weather, we all need to make sure our horses remain as comfortable as possible through the long hot days. On top of the basics of plenty of shade and hydration, a fly rug is a must-have product for this time of year!

What is a fly rug?

A fly rug is a lightweight summer rug that's usually made in a mesh fabric, sometimes in combination with other fabrics. The purpose is to give your horse protection from flies and midges, and the sun's harmful rays, whilst also keeping them cool.

Why use a fly rug?

For us, there's nothing worse than being uncomfortable on a scorching summer's day, and it's the same for our equine companions. A good quality fly rug will offer your horse welcome relief from seasonal flies and midges that can bite and cause irritation. Should you choose to go without a fly rug through the summer, it may mean your horse becomes more agitated and restless, leading to an increase in body temperature.

Most fly rugs also offer a good level of UV protection, providing valuable defence against sunburn, which is especially important for those with sensitive or light skin. And let's not forget the added bonus that it keeps your horse much cleaner!

Here at Horsemart HQ, we want to help you keep your horses happy, so here are our 5 recommended fly rugs for summer 2022... Enjoy!

   

The Amigo AmECO Bug Rug

Horsemart recommends the Amigo AmECO Bug Rug to those looking for a more envrionmentally conscious choice this summer; not only will it protect your horse from flies and midges, it will help you reduce your carbon hoof print! Each fly sheet is made from 114 plastic bottles, and the rPET fabric is sustainable, breathable and reflects the sun.

In addition to irritation from insects and the risk of over-heating, there are other factors that can affect your horse on sunny summer days, such as getting sunburnt. Thankfully, the Amigo AmECO Bug Rug provides 65% UV protection, so you know you’re getting a quality product, whilst still utilising recycled materials.

This versatile rug, with its detachable hood and added liner option, is adaptable to both your horse and the weather conditions. Front leg arches and an extra-long tail flap allow your horse greater freedom of movement, whilst still providing maximum coverage.

Shop now at countryandstable.co.uk for free delivery and free returns - plus, if you find this product cheaper elsewhere, Country & Stable promise to price match!*

Available in 5ft6 - 7ft3 | RRP: £107.95

Colour options: Silver or Teal

  

The Equilibrium Products Field Relief Fly Rug

Horsemart recommends the Equilibrium Products Field Relief Fly Rug as a great, research-backed, all-rounder for protecting your horse against a multitude of summer irritants.

The unique yellow mesh fabric was chosen specifically for its fly-repelling properties, which have been scientifically verified, giving your horse a further level of defence. The rug’s over-the-ear stretch hood, and fully adjustable belly wrap with elasticated surcingles, provide complete, flexible and comfortable coverage. The multiple neck and chest straps are also fully adjustable to ensure the fit is spot-on.

Ideal for thin haired horses who suffer with rubbing, this rug comes complete with an anti-rub lining on the neck, withers, and chest. Plus, it provides 80% UV protection to prevent skin damage and sun bleaching, and ensure complete coat protection.

There's also a co-ordinating fly mask available, with smart, matching orange and black binding, for those that like to ensure thir horse's wardrobe is colour co-ordinated.

To purchase this fantastic fly rug, please visit Equilibrium Products, where you can save 20% in their sale!

Available in 5ft6 - 7ft | RRP: £95 Now: £76

  

The Swish Equestrian Fly Turnout Combination Rug

Horsemart recommends the Swish Equestrian Fly Turnout Combination Rug as the perfect summer protection for the Great British weather! The lower, nylon section of the rug is lightweight and breathable for increased airflow, and effective sun and fly protection, keeping your horse cool and comfortable. The upper section of the rug has been constructed in a 1200 denier ripstop turnout fabric, making it a good choice for 'rug rippers', and of course, providing great protection from those unpredictable rain showers.

With its detachable, longer-cut neck - designed to ensure your horse gets maximum coverage, even when grazing - double locking Velcro straps, and anti-rub lining, the Swish Equestrian Fly Turnout Combination Rug is suitable for horses living out 24/7. It also works well as an overnight rug, to keep the chill off, whilst preventing over-heating and irritation from bugs.

The array of available colours and matching fly masks, makes this rug ideal for anyone seeking the perfect balance of style and comfort for their horse.

Take your pick of these striking fly rugs by visiting Swish Equestrian now!

Available in 4ft3 - 7ft6 | RRP: £89.99

Colour options: Navy, Green, Red, Orange, Mint or Pink

  

The Shires Tempest Original Zeb-Tek Fly Combo Rug

Horsemart recommends the Shires Tempest Original Zeb-Tek Fly Combo Rug to horse owners looking for a fun, bold design, backed by the latest colour technology! The stripy zebra print has been scientifically proven to confuse and deter flies from landing on your horse, providing an extra barrier against bites and irritation.

In addition to keeping your horse fly-free, this rug blocks 80% of UV rays, helping to greatly reduce the chance of sunburn and coat bleaching, while the incredibly lightweight and ultra-breathable fabric keeps your horse well-ventilated to prevent overheating. The chest is also lined to eliminate rubbing, providing additional comfort and protection.

This statement fly rug will stand out in a herd, and certainly packs a punch in terms of the protection it provides at such a good price point. There's a matching fly mask - and even fly boots - available, to keep your horse looking fly from head to tail.

To get this fantastic fly rug right now, visit Shires Equestrian.

Available in 4ft - 7ft3 | RRP: £52.99

  

The Masta Combo Fly Rug with Belly Wrap

Horsemart recommends the, brand new to the market, Masta Combo Fly Rug with Belly Wrap for sensitive horses that need the ultimate protection from flies and midges this summer. This highly breathable, soft mesh rug provides ample airflow, along with head to tail coverage. The longer-cut integrated neck, extra large tail flap, and three-surcingle belly wrap provide sensitive areas with extra protection from biting insects.

With the addition of an anti-rub lining around the ears, along the neck and over the shoulders - along with an elasticated insert built in to the top strap of the neck cover, so as to prevent unwanted pressure - Masta has covered all bases when it comes to comfort features.

This new arrival is selling fast, and there's currently a time-limited discount on offer for ‘One Club’ members, so get yours now at Harry Hall, before they sell out!

Available in 6ft - 7ft6 | RRP: £69.95 One Club price: £39.95