Snuggy Hoods Ltd have been successfully helping horses & ponies with Sweet Itch for over 20 years. Our unique designs have been extensively trialed and tested over the years on thousands of equines resulting in first class coverage for sweet itch prevention, flies, allergies, uv sensitivity, sarcoids, skin conditions, shining the coat & preventing mane loss. Snuggy Hoods have the great honor of being awarded a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen in January 2012 which is still currently held.
Why choose Snuggy Hoods?
Snuggy Hoods offer a wide range of sizes from Miniature to Shire along with a made to measure service for those difficult “in between” sizes to ensure comfort and safety for your horse is paramount.
We have a readily available help line for any questions or queries.
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THE PERFECT RIDE ON FLY RUG
For many the option of removing a rug to go out hacking is a daunting and somewhat dangerous task, especially for those with particularly sensitive horses. Many find that their horse becomes continually irritated by biting insects which results in head shaking, kicking, biting, excessive tail swishing and an uncomfortable attitude for your entire ride.
There is a way to overcome this issue and provide your horse with relief from the elements during your hack, allowing both yourself and your horse to have a peaceful and most importantly ENJOYABLE ride.
If you are reading this blog and thinking…..this is my horse….then look no further, we have a heap of fantastic reviews from customers who ride their horses in the Snuggy Hoods Bug Body Fly Rug. This rug in particular lends itself perfectly for riding as it has no hard buckles, there is a stretch to allow for movement and also covers the tummy where those pesky flies like to bite during your ride. These rugs are commonly used to ride in with customers who live in areas which are largely populated with flies such as the New Forest with their Crab Flies, marshy areas of land, areas near lots of streams and rivers and finally Farms.
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Try it…..it honestly works….start now with providing your horse with relief during exercise. If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact the office on 01225 783399.
Preventing Sweet Itch
Reduce the risk of exposure to Flies and midges by practicing good stable management.
Remember to remove horse droppings and any rotting vegetation and straw as both of these things attract insects.
Keep your horse clean as sweat and dirt will attract all manner of bugs and mites.
Sweet itch rugs, blankets and hoods all help to protect your horse from these pesky insects. They offer good coverage as they are specifically designed to stop bugs penetrating and getting onto your horse.
It’s a good idea to have more than one rug so that whilst one is is the wash you have another on stand by.
Before using a repellent or insecticide it is advisable to do a patch test.
Sweet Itch can be aggravated by high sugar foods such as sweet treats and sweet feeds. If your horse is suffering from sweet itch it may be advisable to avoid these sugary foods.
Sweet Itch Prevention
The best for way forward is to prevent the sweet itch in the first place – Sweet Itch is caused by an allergic reaction to the bites of the Culicoides midge and, to a slightly lesser extent, Simulium Equinum. At present there is no actual cure for Sweet Itch. Once a horse develops the allergy it is generally affected every spring, summer and autumn. There are two different approaches to improving the comfort of an affected animal: to minimize any allergic reaction with corticosteroids, anti-histamines or soothing lotions or to minimise midge attack using our sweet itch “body”©. The latter offers the most effective protection and avoids the need to use chemicals, repellents, oils or greases.