Zebra Stripes May Actually Confuse Horse Flies!
According to some studies, zebra stripes (especially more narrow ones) with alternating polarization of light, might confuse horse flies and keep them from biting. (Read more on the study here at National Geographic.)
Whether the stripes really confuse or deter flies has yet to be proven, but why not give it a try on your horse with this great Fly Week Special – Tempest “Zebra Print” Fly Sheet & Fly Mask.
Why A Fly Sheet?
Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to think about protecting your equine friend from the sun, rain, and creepy, crawly, or flying nuisances. Jeffers carries a wide selection of warm weather horse sheets including turnout sheets, UV protectors, and fly sheets. Sheets do not contain any polyfill and are less likely to cause overheating in the warmer weather. Fly Sheets are highly breathable to help prevent overheating while protecting from insects such as: mosquitoes, horse flies, deer flies, gnats, and many more. Most fly sheets also provide UV protection to protect the coat from fading or their skin from burning if they have a lighter coat.
Why A Fly Mask?
During the hot summer months, when flies, mosquitoes, and gnats are full-on attacking your horse’s face, it is up to us to protect them. There are many limitations around the face and eyes. Sprays are dangerous and even some roll-ons and wipes can run. Fly Masks are really great when turning a horse out. Not only does the mask keep biting, flying insects from congregating around the horse’s eyes, but some will even offer UV protection. Many fly masks are available with ear coverings for added protection. Some even have extended nose pieces to protect sensitive areas from insects and sunburn.
For more information on horse blankets, sheets, and how to measure your horse for a proper fit, read “Horse Blankets & Sheets: What You Need To Know First“.