Protect your horse on a budget: 8 fly rugs under £50

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  • If you’re looking for an effective way to protect your horse from flies on a budget, you may be interested in a cheap fly rug. They might not offer as many technical features as one of the best fly rugs but, if your horse is sensitive and money is tight, a cheap fly rug is better than no fly rug. You can always top up the protection with a fly masks or fly spray if you need to.

    Some of the budget fly rugs do offer some of the more technical features. The rug might have great UV protection, an anti-rub lining, a belly flap or a detachable neck, but it’s unlikely to have them all, so you just need to work out which is most important to you.

    Best fly rugs with an RRP under £50

    Saxon Mesh Combo Neck cheap fly rug

    Saxon Mesh Combo Neck 

    Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | UV protection: 96% | RRP: £49.99 |

    This value fly rug, which is from a WeatherBeeta brand, is made of a fine weave mesh outer that keeps the insects out while keeping your horse cool. It has a standard tail flap and fastens with a twin surcingle chest closure, twin low cross surcingles and double touch-tape closures on the neck. It blocks an impressive amount of UV.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, gsequestrian.co.uk, equus.co.uk or naylors.com
    In the US? View now at statelinetack.com

    Shires Tempest Original combo fly rug for horses

    Shires Tempest Original Combo Fly Rug

    Sizes: 4ft – 7ft3in | UV protection: 80% | RRP: £47.99 |

    This breathable, lightweight and airy rug provides a barrier to biting insects without preventing airflow. The rug features buckle chest fastenings, cross surcingles and an adjustable fillet strap.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, equus.co.uk, gsequestrian.co.uk or naylors.com

    GS Equestrian Combo Fly Rug

    GS Equestrian Combo Fly Rug

    Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft | RRP: £34.95 |

    This fly rug comes with plenty of features at a low price. It has an additional neck strap that is designed to keep the hood in place on narrower necks, but you can remove it you don’t need it. It also features an additional section of stretchy material at the wither to ensure freedom and comfort. It fastens buckles at the chest, has three surcingles and belly flap at the belly, fastens with touch-tape on the neck and has a a headcollar and fly mask strap, too.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk

    Hy Signature Guard Detachable Cheap Fly Rug

    Hy Signature Guard Detachable Fly Rug

    Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft | RRP: £33.99 |

    This is one of only a few cheap fly rugs that has a detachable neck. It has a fleece-lined wither and fastens with buckles at the chest and cross surcingles at the belly. It has a fillet string under the tail flap.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk

    Masta Vento Fly Rug

    Masta Vento Fly Rug

    Colours: Silver | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft6in | RRP: £49.95 |

    Made from a soft mesh fabric to enable airflow, this fly rug has touch-tape fastenings to the neck, twin surcingle chest fastenings and cross surcingles at the belly. The design now has an added neck insert, which allows for freedom of movement while grazing, by moving with your horse and helping to relieve wither pressure. It also has an anti-rub lining along the neck and shoulders.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk

    Fouganza fly sheet

    Fouganza Fly Sheet

    Colours: Beige or grey | Sizes: 115–155cm | RRP: £49.99 |

    This airy mesh rug has three chest straps as well as three or four neck fastenings, depending on the size of the rug. It features belly and tail flaps in addition to a long neck cover for maximum coverage. The extended detachable neck ensures coverage while your horse is grazing.

    In the UK? View now at decathlon.co.uk

    Rhinegold Sahara full-neck fly rug

    Rhinegold Sahara Fly Rug

    Colours: Star print, white or zebra | Sizes: 4ft6in – 7ft3in | UV protection: Yes | RRP: £48.50 |

    This soft mesh rug has a satin-lined chest and topline in addition to belly coverage with three adjustable surcingles. The side skirts allow for complete freedom of movement, and the front skirt and shoulder pleats have an elasticated binding and inserts for additional give. The neck has a double later, stretchy, waterproof material at the wither to allow comfortable movement with no bulky seam, and the tail flap is a large umbrella style for extra coverage.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk or ebay.co.uk

    AniMac Allrounder Fly Rug Combo

    AniMac Allrounder Fly Rug Combo

    Colours: White | Sizes: 5ft3in – 7ft3in | UV protection: 95% | RRP: £40 |

    This rug has been designed to protect horses who struggle to keep cool in warmer weather. It has a satin lining under the neck, chest and tail flap, as well as mesh inserts for increased airflow. There are no surcingles but it does have leg straps.

    In the UK? View now at ebay.co.uk

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