Z-itch has launched a new Sweet Itch Rug, to provide a physical barrier between your horse and insects.

The rug is made from soft, tightly-woven polyester and has elasticated edges to prevent small insects from getting underneath.

It is breathable and also helps to prevent UV damage to the horse’s skin. The rug is designed to have a close but comfortable fit and protects the horse from nose to tail. The hood, that attaches at the shoulders and incorporates a face mask, gives extra cover

“Since the successful launch of our pour-on sweet itch product Z-itch, we’ve been looking at additional ways to help horses and ponies who suffer from this horrible condition,” said a spokesman for Z-itch.

“We know that providing a barrier between the horse and the midge is a key way to help prevent the issue as you’re preventing the bite causing the reaction in the first place, so we decided to create a sweet itch rug that was comfortable, highly adjustable and that the horse would happily wear for hours on end.”

The Z-itch Sweet Itch Rug can be used with Z-itch liquid or on its own, is available in size 4’6”-7’0” and costs £80.

For more information, see www.z-itch.co.uk.