Sweet Itch Rugs
The Countrybase store offers a range of Sweet Itch Rugs at competitive prices so you are sure to find a sweet itch rug to suit your needs and budget. Browse our selection of Sweet Itch Rugs below.
The Equi-Theme Sweet Itch Fly Rug is a tightly weaved polyester combo sweet itch rug with a wide belly flap.
The Equi-Theme Zebra Sweet Itch Fly Rug is a tightly weaved polyester combo sweet itch rug with a wide belly flap.
Order from our 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 Sweet Itch Rugs range why not take a look at other products we offer in our store.
About 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.
About Sweet Itch
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.