Flies can have a big impact on your horse’s quality of life. Whether they’re causing irritating and painful sweet itch, or preventing your horse from sleeping or relaxing in the pasture, flies, gnats, and mosquitoes are the bane of every horse’s existence over the summer months. Horse owners want to get their horse the best of the best when it comes to fly protection. Whether you’re looking for the best fly sheet for horses or a great pair of fly boots, we’ve rounded up our best-selling fly protection products from every category. Here are the products our customers love year after year.
Some horses are severely irritated by the mere presence of flies, even while being ridden. Unfortunately, you can’t ride in a mesh fly sheet for horses! But, you can use a fly bonnet. Our customers chose to make this Beaded Equine Couture Fly Bonnet a best-seller, and it’s easy to see why.
Not only does this bonnet protect your horse’s ears from pesky insects, but it looks good doing it. This bonnet has four rows of multi-colored beads bordering the lower edge, which adds a pop of color to any look. The 100 percent cotton bonnet and spandex ears provide the ultimate in comfort and allow your horse to fully rotate their ears without restricting movement. Plus, thanks to the knit/crochet pattern, the many holes allow for optimal air flow on hot summer days.
It takes a lot to become a best-selling fly mask. Just like the best fly sheet for horses, fly masks have to stand up to the daily wear and tear that comes from horses rolling in the dirt and playing in the pasture. The mask has to stay securely on the face and provide protection from flies while also not chafing, but having enough structure to stay well above the eyes. According to our customers, the Cashel Crusader Horse Fly Mask with Ears checks all of these boxes.
Made with soft and breathable nylon micromesh, this fly mask is soft enough for even the most sensitive skin. The tented design keeps the mask well above and off the horse’s eyes to avoid disrupting their vision. Plus, this fly mask has a patented design that allows you to pull the forelock through the hole to lie over top of the mask. This prevents damage to the forelock and adds to your horse’s comfort.
For horses who need a little more protection, a mesh fly sheet for horses is a great idea. However, finding the perfect fly sheet for your horse can be a little tricky. You want it to be extremely lightweight to avoid overheating your horse on hot days, but it also has to be durable enough to stand up to life out in the pasture. It needs to provide full coverage, but it also has to fit really well, otherwise it could rub. The TuffRider Sport Mesh Combo Neck Fly Sheet is the best fly sheet for horses on Breeches.com.
This best-selling fly sheet is made from 190g polyester fabric that’s lightweight, but tough enough to stand up to some roughhousing in the pasture. Even better, this mesh fly sheet for horses also has a soft shoulder lining to prevent rubs and chafing around your horse’s shoulders. Available in three unique colors and a wide range of sizes, this sheet has truly earned its title as the best fly sheet for horses on Breeches.com.
Every summer these fly boots become the talk of the town. Their unique look will have other horse owners at your barn asking questions. These aren’t your typical fly boots— these are Jack’s Shoofly Leggins.
The Shoofly Leggins have an almost corset-like construction, with stiff plastic stays holding the shape of the boots. Unlike most other fly boots that velcro around your horse’s legs, these boots wrap around your horse’s pastern and then stand straight up at a slight angle, like an upside down cone. The movement of the boot back and forth on your horse’s legs keeps the flies off, while the open top allows for optimal airflow and keeps your horse’s legs cool on hot summer days.
Many horses wear fly boots all day long during the summer with few breaks, which can often lead to rubs or chafing. While the Shoofly Leggins are tough on flies, they’re soft on your horse’s skin. A felt rim around the bottom of the boot creates a barrier between the tough mesh and your horse’s sensitive skin to prevent rubs.
Too often fly sprays are filled with harsh chemicals that are detrimental to our horse’s health, not to mention the environment and local pollinators. On the other hand, there are a lot of all-natural fly sprays on the market that either don’t work, smell awful, or still contain harmful chemicals. According to our customers, the Fly Bye! Plus fly spray is an insect repellent that they’ll buy again and again.
Fly Bye! contains a soy-based technology that repels flies by causing them to feel a change in their exoskeleton. To survive, the flies move away. Fly Bye! Plus uses geranium oil, as well, to repel mosquitoes and gnats. With Fly Bye! you can spray worry-free. The biodegradable, non-toxic formula is safe for both your horse and your environment.
The true measure of a product is when it’s tested in real-life situations and found more than up to the task. We listen to our customers. When one of our products becomes a best-seller, we know it’s because they’ve put it through the ringer and it passed the test. By purchasing a best-selling fly protection product, you’re not just trusting us– you’re trusting all of our other customers who have purchased that product over and over again.
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