1. Skin allergies. Saliva from biting flies and gnats can cause allergic reactions, which are itchy and generally unpleasant for your horse. “Sweet itch,” a severe form, is caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of Culicoides midges that leads to severe itching, hair loss and, sometimes, scarring. The WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Shield Combo is made from a soft, durable fine polyester mesh that keeps out even the smallest of insects. An adjustable belly wrap, large tail flap and elastic ear hood offer maximum protection.
2. External parasites. Certain types of flies, including blowflies and screwworm flies, lay eggs directly on wounds. The hatching larvae invade the injured tissue and feed on it. If left untreated, it can be deadly. The WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Airflow Combo is made from a soft and durable polyester mesh that keeps your horse cool while protecting from insects. The removable belly wrap and full-wrap tail flap offer extra protection.
3. Harmful UV rays. Just like humans, horses need protection from ultraviolet rays. Fly rugs and fly masks act like sunscreen. This helps decrease coat bleaching in dark horses and protects from sunburn and skin cancers in light-colored horses and those with areas of pink skin. The WeatherBeeta Fly Mask with Nose contains everything you need to keep your horse free of insects while protecting against harmful UV rays.
4. Photosensitivity is a sun-related skin injury triggered by chemical imbalances in the horse’s body. These imbalances may be caused by certain plants, drugs or liver disease. It affects both pigmented and unpigmented areas. Protect the white areas on your horse’s face with the WeatherBeeta Airflow Fly Mask. It is made from a soft, durable polyester mesh and provides up to 60% UV block.
5. Environmental effects. Many fly repellents contain pesticides, which act as a neurotoxin in insects. They are nontoxic to most mammals, however fish and other forms of aquatic life are sensitive to their effects, and some birds can be affected as well. The WeatherBeeta ComFiTec Ripshield Plus Combo is made from a durable polyester ripstop weave that helps contain tears so your fly sheet lasts longer. A full wrap tail flap and removable belly wrap offer extra protection.
View the full range of WeatherBeeta fly sheets, fly masks and fly wraps here.