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Fly Rugs, Fly Sheets & Sweet Itch Rugs

The Countrybase store offers a range of fly rugs, fly sheets and sweet itch rugs at competitive prices. Our range of fly rugs, fly sheets and sweet itch rugs include a selection of styles and colours including zebra print so you are sure to find a fly rug or sweet itch rug to suit your horse and budget. Some fly rugs are supplied with matching fly masks or fly bonnets to protect the horse's head from flies, although fly masks or fly bonnets can also be bought separately within our store.

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Rhinegold Savanna White Combo Fly Rug With Side Skirts
£38.99

The Rhinegold Savanna Full Neck Fly Rug With Side Skirts is a soft mesh breathable fly rug with attached full neck to keep flies away and gives the horse protection from UV rays.

Rhinegold Savanna Zebra Print Combo Fly Rug With Side Skirts
£38.99

The Rhinegold Savanna Zebra Print Full Neck Fly Rug With Side Skirts is a soft mesh breathable fly rug with attached full neck to keep flies away and gives the horse protection from UV rays.

Riding World Zebra Combo Fly Rug
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£38.99

The Riding World Zebra Comboy Fly Rug offers full body protection against insects.

Rhinegold Masai 3 Combined Waterproof Turnout / Fly Rug
£43.99

The Rhinegold Masai Combined Turnout/Fly Rug has a 600 denier, waterproof, ripstop, breathable upper part with a fly rug as the lower part.

Rhinegold Masai 3 Zebra Combined Waterproof Turnout / Fly Rug
£43.99

The Rhinegold Masai Combined Turnout/Fly Rug has a 600 denier, waterproof, ripstop, breathable upper part with a fly rug as the lower part.

Mark Todd Bug Rug
£44.99

The Mark Todd Bug Rug is a fly rug with a a lightweight, breathable, sturdy mesh outer.

JHL Ultra Fly Relief Combo Rug
£48.99

The JHL Ultra Fly Relief Combo Rug is made in a high UV filter and lightweight fabric.

USG Stars Fly Rug With Detachable Neck Cover
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£49.99

The USG Stars Fly Rug With Detachable Neck Cover is a lightweight mesh fly rug offering optimal protection from flies and features two wide chest straps at the front, shoulder gusset, cross surcingles, tail flap and tail strap.

Equi-Theme Sweet Itch Fly Rug
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£52.99

The Equi-Theme Sweet Itch Fly Rug is a tightly weaved polyester combo sweet itch rug with a wide belly flap.

Equi-Theme Zebra Sweet Itch Fly Rug
£52.99

The Equi-Theme Zebra Sweet Itch Fly Rug is a tightly weaved polyester combo sweet itch rug with a wide belly flap.

Hy Guardian Combo Fly Rug And Fly Mask
£55.99

The Hy Guardian Combo Fly Rug is a polyester close weave mesh fly rug with belly flap and large tail flap to give maximum protection against biting insects and reflect harmful UV rays of sunlight.

Mark Todd Air Mesh Combo Fly Rug
£57.99

The Mark Todd Air Mesh Combo Fly Rug is a fantastic, lightweight summer rug - a multi-purpose sheet which will protect against biting insects as well as giving protection from the sun and helping to keep your horse cool.

Mark Todd Ultra Combo Fly Rug
£67.99

The Mark Todd Ultra Combo Fly Rug is constructed using a tight weave mesh which has been tested in intense sunlight and offers head to tail protection from the sun's harmful rays, in turn protecting your horse's coat from being bleached.

Z-Itch Sweet Itch Rug With Hood
£86.99

The Z-Itch Sweet Itch Rug is made from a 100% soft and tightly weaved polyester with elasticated edges that prevent small insects from getting to the horse.

Order from our Fly Rugs & Sweet Itch Rugs range and have your order delivered to your door. We offer free delivery on orders over £50 so in addition to our Fly Rugs & Sweet Itch Rugs range why not take a look at other products we offer in our store.

Fly Rugs

A fly rug or fly sheet is a lightweight fine mesh rug that offers protection to horses from biting flies and insects during the summer.

Fly rugs with a standard neck and those that do not include a belly cover offer minimal protection from fly bites, whereas fly rugs that include a neck cover, belly flap and tail flap offer the most protection as they cover the majority of the horse. The finer the mesh of the fly rug, the better the protection the fly rug offers from flies and midges.

Fly rugs with a detachable neck cover fixed by clips to the fly rug enable the neck cover to be removed if required, whilst combo fly rugs have an integrated neck cover stitched to the fly rug.

The belly flap on a fly rug can be adjusted for a snug fit across the horse's belly to prevent flies getting to the horse's belly.

Many fly rugs offer a degree of UV protection for the horse which protects the horse's coat from being bleached by the sun and helps to prevent senstitive or pink skinned horses from becoming sunburnt.

As well as offering protection from flies and the sun, fly rugs also help to keep the horse's coat free from dust and dirt.

Research has discovered that flies find zebra stripes confusing and don't like to land on striped surfaces and this is why zebra print fly rugs are becoming increasingly popular.

Sweet Itch Rugs

Sweet itch rugs are designed to protect horses from midges that cause the condition known as sweet itch. They are made of a fine mesh with elastic edges so that midges can not crawl through or under the rug. Sweet itch rugs are made in a finer mesh than normal fly rugs and cover a larger area of the horse. Sweet itch rugs include a fixed, closed neck cover and closed chest area so there are no gaps with fastenings for midges to crawl through so, unlike normal fly rugs, sweet itch rugs are placed over the horse's head to fit on the horse. Sweet itch rugs also have a large overlapping belly band.

Sweet itch rugs are designed to be a snug fit and so the material often has some stretch to give a better fit and increase comfort for the horse. Sweet itch rugs are one of the most effective means of reducing a horse's exposure to midges and sweet itch rugs should be used before the midge season starts, usually from February onwards is best.

Approximately 3% of the UK horse population is thought to suffer from sweet itch. Sweet itch is an allergic reaction to bites from a species of midge called Culicoides causing severe itching to the horse resulting in it rubbing the irritated area and inflicting damage and hair loss on itself. Due to the life cycle of midges horses suffer from sweet itch mostly between April and October. However with change in climate conditions, horses are suffering from sweet itch increasingly over the winter months also.

There is no cure for sweet itch and a horse that has the allergy will suffer from it for life. However, it is possible to manage sweet itch by preventing midge bites and sweet itch rugs are designed specifically to achieve this.