Summer is here at last and we can look forward to long evening rides and lazy weekend hacks in the sunshine. There’s one drawback to the warm weather—pesky flies—but a good fly rug, a mask and a spray can work wonders to help you keep the pests at bay. Here’s our pick of great fly-repellent products for the new season.—and you can find out more on how to protect your horse from flies with our top tips.
Light and comfortable, this stylish, seamless fly rug, which has a 300 denier inter-locking mesh outer and nylon crest and shoulder linings, will keep the flies at bay while keeping your horse cool even in very warm summer days. A large nylon lined tail flap ensures additional protection. The double-buckle and clip chest fastening, the four touch-and-close loop fastening on the neck and the low adjustable cross surcingles make it easy to fit the rug. Now discounted to £45 from £89.99, the Derby House Elite Fly Rug offers excellent value.
Made of soft, light mesh, this fabulous fly mask protects your horse’s eyes and ears while remaining fully breathable. The adjustable touch tape closure makes it easy to put on. It’s available in a classic grey and blue combo or a funkier silver and pink. £12.99.
This water-based, fly-repellent gel, which contains DEET, gives all-day protection against insects. Just apply a small amount on your horse with a sponge and spread evenly. £15.99
This handy, solvent-based spray has a long-lasting formula—one application should last up to 12 hours in normal condition. It can be applied by cloth, sponge or spray in all areas affected by flies. It contains DEET and the new generation fly repellent PMD. £13.99.
This powerful, water-based spray is ready for use and provides an effective protection against flies. It can be applies easily by spraying it evenly on your horse. £6.