Fly rugs are an essential piece of summer equipment. Any horse or pony that lives out in the Summer will, at one time or another, benefit from a fly rug.
Fly rugs come in different materials and styles, from a simple mesh sheet to a complete, all in one, rug that covers nearly the entire body. For a horse or pony that suffers from Sweet Itch a quality fly or sweet itch rug is an essential part of any wardrobe. Ideally a very fine mesh or 600 denier type material is required to keep the midges out. A simple mesh fly rug can let the midges through, which when trapped against the skin can cause serious discomfort.
Some fly rugs also block UV rays, a must if the horse or pony has pink skin and also important to prevent the sun bleaching the coats of show horses and ponies