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I have a Welsh Cob who now unfortunately has sweet itch (we think!) but before investing in a sweet itch rug, we have had one of these.
I thought the fit was great, maybe a smidge tight on the shoulders although my lad is very chunky. I liked the fact that it had a belly flap with the cut out area for geldings, but found that the surcingles didn't necessarily stay closed brilliantly. I think the problem was that the surcingle would slip and lengthen itself - I've never had this issue with a nylon surcingle so I put it down to being elasticated - and I ended up having to stitch them where I wanted them.
If you want a decent fly rug, this is a good one to go for. The material is tough but not so thick and heavy that it won't make your horse overheat. Some days that will of course be avoidable, although with the British weather these days, I think we need the turnout rugs more than the fly rugs! If you do turn your horse out in this rug and it rains, the rug will dry off quickly afterwards which is better than some!
The rug was easy to put on and take off (a sweet itch rug is not so easy!) and I thought that overall it offered good protection.
Having two Cobs one being black and the other white , i do tend to find for some reason the flies always prefer to land on my black horse. There must be some sort of scientific answer to this but i am no scientist.
Anyway having tried all fly rugs and hugley expensive fly sprays i finally bought my two a Combo fly sheet.
I have been reasonably pleased my purchases and if memory serves me right i paid about £49.00 for them they are made from a soft polyester mesh with a panel under the belly which can be adjusted and can be completely removed it has a generous tail flap and to stop shoulder rubbing it has nylon lined shoulders.
At the back end there are two straps to cross through the back legs to stop the rug from slipping to the side, we found this out as my husband had only put one strap across for a quick way to rug up, the following morning poor Bertie had the entire rug twisted upside down.
I would say that it does have a detatchable neck which is great as long as your horse has a really long neck, mine do not so very often the look like they are wearing hoodies.
As far as fly bites go this rug is brilliant as it has all areas covered.
Well worth the money, neither rugs have shown much wear and tear other than a hole that Bess inflicted on Bertie whilst biting him. HORSES !!!
As summer is officially over (I'm still unsure as to when it really started) I've spent most of today packing away my horses summer items! For example, insect repellent sprays, gels, various shampoos that I won't be using and their various rugs. One thing I like about the winter with having horses is the lack of flying insects as during the summer it is a day to day battle with them which for my horses are not so pleasant.
During the warmer months I spend a lot of time, effort and money on applying products which all offer to repel flies and of course they only last for a certain period of time but what I find incredibly effective is a rug made specially for combating flies or as we like to call them, a fly rug! As soon as the flies and other flying insects are out the rugs go on.
The fly rug I have had since last year and which was used again this summer was the Weatherbeeta Airflow Mesh Combo Rug as all three horses managed to rip their previous fly rug beyond repair and I had to invest in new ones.
The Airflow Combo is made from a lightweight, soft and incredibly flexible polyester mesh material which has a certain weave which allows air to circulate through but the mesh is tightly woven to provide that all important protection from insects. The fabric is so incredibly light which is great as the horse won't find it irritating in the warm weather and as the air can still circulate it manages to keep them cool.
The rug provides head to tail coverage as it has the combo neck which is attached. I find that it is quite baggy compared to other combo rugs I have but it provides the horse with adequate protection but also a wanted draft! The neck combo is fastened by two touch tape closures which attach to Velcro. The shoulders, tail flap and mane areas of the rug are nylon lined which provides comfort to the horse and they don't rug the horse meaning no loss of fur or mane. The rug has standard shoulder gussets which allow freedom of movement for the horse and has a large freestyle tail flap which is incredibly large providing even extra protection against flies. The one thing I really like about this rug is it has an enclosed belly section which is attached to one side of the rug and crosses over the belly and secures on the other side of the rug meaning that the horses belly is protected. The belly enclosure is made from the same mesh material as the rug. To secure the rug it has elasticated leg straps which cross round the back legs helping keep the rug in place. These can be adjusted or removed.
For me this rug is great and fits all three of my lot really well. They only wear it when they are in the field so it is on them from around 8am to 8pm during the summer months as its nice for them to stay out longer in their field and I've never had any problems with it rubbing or moving around on them (its light material and moves easily). I find that the horses in their field without fly rugs on tend to stand around a lot more as they are being plagued by flies and when I have been to check on mine (several times a day) they are quite happily eating and moving around with a lot less flies so I'm quite confident this rug actually works.
The Weatherbeeta Airflow Mesh Combo currently retails with a RRP of around £54.99 but due to it now being the winter a lot of retailers both online and in store have it on sale for around £35-£40 which makes it worth buying now in readiness for next year!
I would highly recommend this rug for any horse owner for making their horses lives a lot more comfortable in the summer as the rug is really effective. Its great that the material is incredibly light to doesn't irritate the horse. A good thing is that this rug is machine washable and because the material is light it fits in a normal sized washing machine. Mine have all been washed and have come out as good as new. However, one thing to remember is that the material can easily be ripped which can to some degree be repaired but it's a fine material and you may find yourself replacing the whole rug should it tear a lot. But on the whole seeing my horses 95% fly free in the field is worth the money!