Bucas has released a new turnout rug which is designed to “confuse” flies.

The Bucas Buzz-Off Rain Zebra is a hybrid rain and fly sheet. The sides of the rug have a zebra stripe that repels flying insects.

It has a detachable belly pad and an additional neck piece is available to attach to the rug.

“This hybrid rug is perfectly shaped in a black, waterproof and breathable rip stop nylon, to protect the back, shoulders and hindquarters from the rain,” said a spokesman from the company.

“Research was carried out by scientists, that proves that the zebra stripe actually protects the animal as flies are confused by the pattern, avoiding it.

The rug costs £109 and the Buzz-Off Rain Zebra Combi Neck costs £73.

For more information, visit www.zebraproducts.co.uk