TACK & GEAR

Pro­tect your horse from flies in gar­ments that keep him cov­ered.

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Un­der wraps

“I’ve had a good bump round; my lit­tle horse Re­fused the brook first time, Then jumped it prime; And ran out at the dou­ble, But of course There’s al­ways trou­ble at a dou­ble.” ---Siegfried Sas­soon, “What the Cap­tain Said at the Point-to-Point”

The light­weight, breath­able Fine Mesh Fly Sheet and Neck (sug­gested re­tail, $129.99), from Shires Eques­trian Prod­ucts, of­fers dou­ble chest straps, a triple-strapped er­gonomic belly­band and a large tail flap. The de­tach­able neck has loops that can be at­tached to a hal­ter for added sta­bil­ity. The chest is lined to pre­vent rub­bing. In white, with orange-and-navy trim, in sizes 66 to 84 inches. Visit shop.shire­se­ques­trian.com.

Your horse will stand out when he wears the Tough 1 Deluxe Mesh Fly Sheet in Tough Tim­ber Print (sug­gested re­tail, $92.88), from JT In­ter­na­tional, which is made of a strong, breath­able mesh in solid orange edged with a printed ny­lon fab­ric. The sheet pro­tects against ul­tra­vi­o­let ra­di­a­tion as well as flies, and it fea­tures fleece wither pro­tec­tion; dou­ble buckle front clo­sures; ad­justable cross surcin­gles at the belly; elas­ti­cized, ad­justable and re­place­able leg straps; and a tail flap. Avail­able in sizes 72 to 81 inches. Call 888-JTI-HORSE or visit www.tough1.com.

For added pro­tec­tion against flies, the Amigo Bug Buster Vamoose with No-Fly Zone (sug­gested re­tail, $165), from Horse­ware Ire­land, is treated with an odor­less re­pel­lent and is long enough to cover the up­per legs. Made of soft and ab­sorbent knit­ted polyester, the sheet has a su­per­sized tail flap, three straight surcin­gles, belly pro­tec­tion, shoul­der and mane lin­ing, and a re­mov­able neck cover. Avail­able in sil­ver, with pur­ple-and-mint or navy trim, in sizes 66 to 84 inches. Call 800-887-6688 or visit www.horse­ware.com.

De­signed to pro­tect your horse from the sun as well as flies, the SmartPak Deluxe Fly Sheet (sug­gested re­tail, $79.95), from SmartPak Equine, is made of a light­weight, breath­able mesh ma­te­rial that blocks up to 70 per­cent of ul­tra­vi­o­let rays. Other fea­tures in­clude a re­mov­able neck cover, a large tail flap and a belly­band for ex­tra cov­er­age. Avail­able in sil­ver with navy trim; cus­tom­ized mono­grams and other em­broi­dered let­ter­ing can also be or­dered. Sizes run from 69 to 84 in three-inch in­cre­ments. A stock-horse cut is also avail­able. Call 800-461-8898 or visit www.SmartPak.com.

Now avail­able in a new laven­der mint plaid, the Sig­na­ture Col­lec­tion Platinum Pro­tec­tive Fly Sheet, Sur­e­fit Cut (sug­gested re­tail, $179.99), from Kens­ing­ton Pro­tec­tive Prod­ucts, com­bines el­e­ments of tra­di­tional and Euro­pean styles to fit a wide range of horses. The sheet is made of durable Tex­ti­lene mesh de­signed to al­low air­flow but pro­tect against dirt, flies and ul­tra­vi­o­let ra­di­a­tion. Also avail­able in eight other plaids, in sizes 69 to 87 inches. Call 909-469-1240 or visit www.kens­ing­ton­prod­ucts.com.

WeatherBee­ta ComFiTec Air­flow Stan­dard Neck Fly Sheet (sug­gested re­tail, $99.99), from Weatherbee­ta, is made with a soft but durable polyester outer mesh that keeps your horse cool while pro­tect­ing against in­sects. Other fea­tures in­clude an elas­ti­cized, ad­justable belly wrap, a full tail flap, and elas­ti­cized, ad­justable and re­mov­able leg straps. Also avail­able in a de­tach-a-neck style ($109.99). In white, with green-and-coral trim, in sizes 48 to 84 inches; or in gray, with blue-and-gray trim, in sizes 69 to 84 inches. Visit www.weatherbee­ta.com.

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