How to protect your horse from flies when riding
Posted on 01 June 2017 by Kim
Hacking out when the flies are at their worst, can be a nightmare. From June through to September, this nightmare seems to occur every day, doesn’t it? Some horses turn themselves inside out when they try to get away from the flies. So, what can you do to protect your horse from the flies when you’re riding? There are several key products that have been specially developed for this purpose. Read on to find out more…
Ride-on Fly Rug
The “Ride-on Fly Rug” is a relatively recent addition to the range of fly rugs that are now available. Your horse will be much easier to ride with one of these as most of his body will be protected from the flies. Go up a size if you prefer a more generous fitting as they do tend to be a bit snug otherwise.
The HKM Nizza Anti Fly and Riding Sheet has a Velcro strap at the top of the neck that can be attached to the bridle which prevents the neck from falling down. Worthy of note too is the tail strap to keep it in place on the hind quarters and it has a deep tail flap too. Take your pick from blue or white!
If you like your rug to be a proven natural deterrent for all biting insets, the distinctive Zebra pattern on the HKM Zebra Ride-On Fly Sheet is the one for you. A velcro strap at the top of the neck means that it can be fastened so that it doesn't fall down, while a tail strap keeps it in place on the hind quarters.
Fly Fringes are an inexpensive way to protect your horses face from flies when you’re riding. If you only need to protect your horse’s eyes from the flies, the HKM Fly Fringe can be attached quickly and easily to the bridle. It has nice thick tassels, lots of them and is great value.
If you need to protect your horse’s eyes and ears, there’s also a fly fringe for this! The Shires Quick Fit Fly Fringe combines tassels for eye protection with fine mesh for ear protection. Ultimately versatile, it can be used for riding and when your horse is out in his field.
As well as using a fly repellent when you turn out your horse in the field, any of them can be used when you go out riding too. A spray is particularly good as it can be sprayed on a ride-on fly rug giving you a double whammy against the flies.
NAF have created their unique “tags” that contain fly repellent/ These tags can be used by horse and rider. The NAF Off Citronella Tag can be attached to a bit of tack while the NAF Off Citronella Wristband can be worn by the rider.
If you found this article helpful, read our other article on how to protect your horse from flies when he's out in his field.