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I have put a fly rug on my horse that covers his neck and body. I have heard that the midges are so small that they can penetrate the small mesh holes in the rug. Is this true or will the rug provide some barrier between the midges and the horse? I put it on him at 4pm just before he comes in at 5pm for the night however he was getting too hot so i only put it on at about 5 if I am not riding. I cannot afford the amount of grass needed to bring in him at 3pm and out at 9am. Thus I am trying to reach a compromise?

Asked: 12/3/2008, 13:02 by Tammy Lotz.
Answered: 12/3/2008, 14:11 by Douglas Welsh.

Yes you are doing the right thing by using the fly rug. I can even suggest that you can use it during the night in the stable as this is when midges tend to bite the most. Any barrier placed between the midges and the horse will reduce the risk


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