Get your horse or pony ready for summer
Tags, lotions, sprays, fly rugs, masks – there is a host of kit available to you and your horse this summer to protect them from midges, flies, ticks and sunburn. Keep them comfortable and protected whether heading to summer camp, hacking out, at the beach or grazing in their field with high quality products designed to combat irritating biting insects.
For your Horse/Pony
Midges are the irritating reason for ‘sweet itch’, a condition that is caused by the horse’s allergy to the midge’s saliva where the skin becomes inflamed and irritated. Apart from keeping your horse away from ponds or manure piles where midges breed and live, use a fly designed rug and mask at all hours during the spring and summer to protect them. Also spray or apply a fast acting fly repellent and protector regularly.
Weatherbeeta Comfitec Shield Mesh Combo Neck Fly Sheet is a fully protective, light mesh fly rug which will keep a sun sensitive horse protected from UV rays plus keep insects at bay with an ear hood, neck and belly cover. A useful and effective rug especially for those horses that suffer from sweet itch, coloured horses and greys who are more sensitive to sunlight.
Weatherbeeta have a great selection of lightweight, protective and reliable fly masks for horse or pony, constructed from a fine mesh that will also block over 70% of the sun’s harmful rays. WeatherBeeta Comfitec Airflow Fly Mask or the Buzz Away Fly Mask that covers ears and eyes to avoid sun and insect bites.
Insect repellents are essential for helping the battle against the insects and flies that will arrive with the summer months. Try the excellent NAF Off Deet Power, a long lasting protective spray that contains 19.6% Deet together with a pleasant smelling scent.
Remember too to watch the effect to your horse’s hooves of riding on hard ground caused by hot temperatures. A long hack on hard fields will take its toll, so keep the hooves thoroughly nourished with a good hoof oil and pick out feet regularly. The Oster Seven Piece Grooming Kit is a fabulous compact case ideal for camp or competition. A handy first aid kit for your horse such as the Robinsons Healthcare First Aid Kit holds essentials for travel, camp and competition.
For the Rider
Horse flies bite humans too (not to mention that we need full protection from the sun) so make sure you are protected from UV rays and insect bites on those long summer hacks out.
Long sleeves protect forearms from both sun and insects, try the quick drying Mountain Horse Move Tech Top to keep you cool as you ride, wicking away moisture from the skin to leave you dry no matter how hot or active you are. Mountain Horse Sienna Tech Tights are lightweight, sleek and fully functional women’s riding tights that will dry quickly and own fantastic stretch designed especially for summer riding.
Caps will shield your eyes from glaring sunrays and protect the top of your head from full sun. The sporty, contemporary styled Mountain Horse Sunny Cap is perfect for those hot days, with a stiff peek and made from a durable 100% cotton with ventilation holes to keep you cool.
Pony Club Camps
When riding in the heat make sure you are still fully protected however tempting it is to ride to keep cool. Technical clothing, helmets and footwear will ensure you stay cool yet safe. A pair of jodhpur boots or other short riding boots is preferable to long lined leather or rubber boots in summer. The superb Mountain Horse Spring River Paddock Boots have a breathable, anti-bacterial bamboo lining to keep feet fresh and cool when the temperature soars.
Lightweight, moisture wicking numnahs for your pony are essential for camp, the cotton quilted saddle pad Mountain Horse Event Saddle Pad is made from 100% breathable cool cotton that will protect your horse’s back, wick away sweat and looks elegant for competition time.
When it comes to competition days, a lightweight, elegant sleeveless cotton show shirt for the arena will keep you cool and look smart, the Caldene Hampden Shirt is available in white and is perfect when worn alone or wear underneath a lightweight smart jacket such as the Caldene Cadence Girls Stretch Show Jacket. Pack plenty of supportive, lightweight, technical riding socks such as the Mountain Horse Competition Sox, designed to ensure stretch, flex, comfort and will wick away moisture as you compete.
Stay safe, cool and comfortable this summer with a range of insect and UV protective clothing for both your horse and yourself so you can enhance your enjoyment of the warmer days ahead. If you would like any advice or have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.