SUMMER is just around the corner and many of our horses have finally set hoof on grass. Although the brighter evenings and milder weather is allowing us to enjoy our four-legged friends even more, we can all agree on one thing we are less thrilled about this time of year – flies! From bugs that bite to flies that are just very annoying, neither horse nor rider appreciates these summer-time critters.
At Old Mill Saddlery, we stock a range of bug-busting products to help make the summer as pleasant and fly-free as possible. Whether it’s a simple repellent or a more robust fly-rug to keep even the most sensitive of horses happy, we’ve got you covered. Check out our favourites below:
Horseware Amigo Bug Buster with Vamoose
The Amigo Bug Buster is an excellent option to tackle the summer if you have a horse that is particularly sensitive. It is complete with desirable and practical features, such as a belly flap for complete coverage, UV protection, leg arches for free-movement, a lined mane and shoulder to reduce rubbing and breathability for comfort. However, the winning feature is definitely its Vamoose Technology – this patented tech from Horseware uses a synthetic version of Permethrin, a biocide found naturally in the Chrysanthemum plant family, to coat the rug and therefore repel insects. This is available for £94.95 and comes in sizes 5’6” to 7’0”.
Leovet Power Phaser Spray and Durative
The Phaser products from Leovet come in both a spray and a Durative, to accommodate those horses who prefer repellent being applied with a sponge. Phaser is a strong and potent repellent made from a blend of active ingredients including biocides, that lasts up to seven hours – even if the horse sweats! Get yours today for £19.95.
Bucas Buzz-Off Zebra
The Buzz-Off Zebra Range from Bucas is the epitome of intelligent design with one very distinguishing feature – the zebra print. It is both funky and functional, with studies showing that flies are baffled by the contrasting stripes and therefore avoid it completely! It also contains favourable features like a removable belly pad and an elastic browband to fix the neck in place, as well as being available as a waterproof rug too. The range is available in store and online and comes in a selected range of sizes.
Equine America Fly-Repel Spray
Fly-Repel spray from Equine America is specially formulated for horses and ponies using all natural ingredients. It lasts up to eight hours and is effective on all insects, even those that give a nasty bite! It retails at £12.95 in Old Mill.
Weatherbeeta Comfitec Airflow
Made from a soft but durable mesh, the Weatherbeeta Comfitec Airflow also offers reliable all-over protection from insects with a neck, broad tail flap and belly-guard. The lightweight material enables your horse to stay cool on warmer summer days, whilst the gussets accommodate freedom of movement. An innovative elastic insert at the withers also prevents rubbing and ensures all day comfort. The Comfitec Airflow comes in sizes 5’3” to 7’0” and retails at £69.95 at Old Mill.
For any more information, advice or help on these products or the others we have available this summer, call down for a visit at Old Mill Saddlery, 110 Larne Road, Ballycarry, BT38 9JN, or call 028 9335 3268.