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The Metabug sweet-itch fly defence rug blocks biting insects to keep irritations at bay and the horse comfortable.
The Metabug sweet-itch fly defence rug blocks biting insects to keep irritations at bay and the horse comfortable.

Bridleway Metabug Sweet-Itch Fly Combo Rug

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• £3.99 if your item weighs less than 2kg and is less than 61cm wide and 46cm deep and 46cm wide;
• £8.99 if your item weighs more than 2kg or is larger than the dimensions described above.

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Bridleway Metabug Sweet-Itch Fly Combo Rug




The Metabug sweet-itch fly defence rug blocks biting insects to keep irritations at bay and the horse comfortable. The hardwearing upper fabric is developed with a ripstop weave for longevity and blocks 90% of harmful UV radiation*. The lower mesh sections of the rug and neck cover provide air permeability and heat release to keep the horse comfortable in warmer weather.


  • 600 denier ripstop upper
  • Breathable
  • Integrated neck rug
  • Adjustable cross surcingles
  • Twin chest straps
  • Tail flap
  • Fillet string

*effectiveness may diminish over time. Test carried out in accordance to BS EN 13758-1:2002+A1:2006.
Fly Rugs Guide
  • Designed to help keep pesky flies away from your horse while they're in the field a fly rug can help keep your horse more comfortable in the warmer months.
  • Most come with a neck, either attached or detachable, which will help make sure your horse is protected all over.
  • Typically coming in light colours (to help reflect the rays of the sun) all of these rugs will over some kind of UV protection. This may help limited 'bleaching' of the coat and help keep darker coloured horses cooler.
  • Some rugs will have been tested to establish the amount of UV protection they offer. This may be helpful for horses who really need protection from the sun.
  • Most fly rugs are made from a woven, mesh like material which allows air to flow through but stops the flies biting. This type is suitable for most horses.
  • Some rugs are classified as 'sweet-itch' or 'midge-proof'. These are typically made from a denser fabric that won't allow the midges access. They inevitably are warmer rugs and maybe too hot for some horses in the warmest weather.
  • Added extras to look out for are things such as: belly flaps; extra big tail flaps and super deep length. These all help to cover as much of the horse as possible. You can also find hybrid rugs - typically a mesh rug with a waterproof panel along the back. Designed to help keep the worst of any summer showers off your horse's back.

Fly Rugs Care Guide
  • By their nature, mesh style fly rugs are less durable and more prone to tearing than standard turnout rugs.
  • Look for tougher rugs (like the Rambo Protector) or choose a sweet-itch version if your horse is a bit of a rug wreaker as these are likely to be more durable.
  • Check and clean straps, fittings and stitching regularly
  • Keep rugs in a dry and airy place when not in use
  • Wash rugs at 30°C with a mild, non-biological soap and leave to line or drip dry - do NOT tumble dry or dry clean
Technical Information


600D polyester

Care Instructions

To keep your rug in top condition follow these easy steps:

Inspect for wear and tear:

  • Check fabric for small tears
  • Check all stitching for loose threads
  • Check buckles for rusting or bending
  • Ideally rotate rugs to allow moisture to evaporate

Cleaning your horse rug

While we would always recommend sending your rug to a professional rug cleaning company, however it is possible to keep your rug in good condition at home.

  • Lay over a fence and using a firm bristled brush, brush off dry mud
  • Turnover and repeat process to remove hair on the underside of the rug
  • Your rug can be washed in the washing machine – always check the care instructions first
  • Use natural soap flakes or a specific rug wash detergent, especially if the rug is waterproof, to preserve the weather resistance
  • Air dry
Sizing Information

To ensure that your rug fits perfectly measure your horse in feet and inches from centre of the chest to his buttocks in line with the dock. This will give you the bottom measurement of the rug.

Rug Size Guide

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Before you use the rug ensure that it fits properly – it is always best to measure and try products. When doing this, try the rug on over a thin, clean summer sheet to keep it debris free and do not remove any tags until you are happy that the rug fits.

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